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Pave It Black: The Official Podcast of NAPA
23 minutes | 8 days ago
Efficient Fleet Management
In the latest episode of Pave It Black, Brett and Richard talk with Mike Wills of Granite Construction about trucking and fleet management technology. While fleet management technologies continue to grow in utilization by the industry, we look to gain a perspective on how the technologies can help contractors efficiently deliver high-quality asphalt pavements as well as ideas for how the technology may provide opportunities to create additional benefits to an organization.
22 minutes | 21 days ago
Robots Help in the Work Zone
In this special episode of Pave It Black for National Work Zone Awareness week, our season continues to feature technology with a discussion on how robots can be employed to move workers out of higher risk locations and also improve task efficiency. With guest Todd Hendricks Jr. of Pioneer Industrial Systems.
20 minutes | a month ago
Brett and Richard talk with Dan Ganoe of Lindy Paving about the implementation of e-ticketing and what it takes to move to a paperless world.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Temperature, Temperature, Temperature
Brett and Richard talk with Brent Carron of Valley Paving about thermal profiling. While this tool is not widespread throughout the industry, it is potentially another opportunity for contractors to ensure high quality asphalt pavements.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Big Data in the Asphalt Industry
Contractors have access to more data about their companies now more than ever before. But how many of them are using this data effectively? Brett and Richard along with Dan Ridolfi of Lastrada Partners explore how data analytics can change the asphalt industry.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
The Teamwork of Technology
Brett and Richard chat with Katie Peabody from Lakeside Industries about the opportunities available for construction companies to leverage new programs, communications tools, and streamlined software.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
Electrification Is Here
Richard and Brett talk with Dan Gallagher about the impacts vehicle electrification could have not only the asphalt industry but also how it could be impacting the revenue of the Highway Trust Fund.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
What Is Innovation?
Nick Webb, the keynote speaker from NAPA’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Maui, discusses common misunderstandings about innovation and how to develop an innovative spirit.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
An Outsider Perspective on Asphalt
NAPA partnered with Georgia State University to give Public Relations/Journalism students an opportunity to learn about the asphalt industry. In Pave It Black’s season 2 finale, we talk with a GSU professor and two students about how the asphalt industry went from something they didn’t know existed to an industry they respected.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
Asphalt Checks all the Boxes for Auto Industry Proving Grounds
Dan Stys, P.E., of the PEA Group, an integrated site development firm with a specialty in test track design, explains why asphalt is predominantly selected for automotive testing facilities and racetracks. Reasons include asphalt’s smoothness, economical cost to build, speed of construction, and ability to fine tune asphalt mixtures.
22 minutes | 6 months ago
What's the Deal With Plastic?
Paul Lum, Technical Director at Colas Inc., talks about the different types of plastics, the wet and dry processes of introducing recycled plastics into asphalt pavement mixtures, worker safety, and more.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
An Intentional Approach to People
Pat Nelson, President & CEO of Lehman-Roberts Co. in Memphis, Tenn., dives into the details of some very intentional workforce development changes that are happening at his company.
23 minutes | 7 months ago
The Truth About Leadership Development
In the wake of the “silver tsunami,” who will lead the next generation of asphalt plants and businesses? Buddy Hobart, President & CEO of Solutions 21, expert on the multi-generational workforce, and author of “The Leadership Decade: A Playbook for an Extraordinary Era,” explains the importance of company leaders having a knowledge transfer strategy.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
From Music to Construction: The Appeal of Asphalt's Sustainability
How does one go from a career in music to a career in asphalt? The answer, for Janie Gallagher, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Wirtgen America in Nashville, Tenn., is the asphalt pavement industry's commitment to sustainability
23 minutes | 8 months ago
Infrastructure Week 2020
Laura Perrotta, President & CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, and NAPA’s Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President for Advocacy, break down the inner workings of Capitol Hill and the effects on highway funding. They provide an outlook on what needs to happen before and after the FAST Act expires on Sept. 30.
18 minutes | 9 months ago
Why Is Marketing Important in a Low Bid Environment?
Brian Fraley of Fraley Construction Marketing explains why marketing is important in a low-bid environment. Learn why complacency is the enemy of progress, especially in the age of Google.
16 minutes | 9 months ago
How Does Asphalt Fit Into a Resilient World?
It’s not often you hear someone in the asphalt industry quoting Mike Tyson, but when discussing the topic of resilience, it just fits.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
The Power of Social Media in the Asphalt Industry
Season two of "Pave It Black," the official NAPA podcast, opens with our interview with Valerie Echter, a freelance social media strategist and content creator for the construction, asphalt, and engineering sectors. Echter shares the main mistakes industry makes on social media and offers easy tips to help companies build brand authority, increase engagement, attract employees, and grow sales revenue.
15 minutes | a year ago
Craig Parker's Industry Game Changers
A 30-plus-year industry veteran, Craig Parker, President at Silver Star Construction Co. Inc., has a keen perspective on what he sees as industry game changers. He is particularly excited about balanced mix design.
12 minutes | a year ago
Dr. Buzz Powell: Walking the Asphalt Path
Dr. Buzz Powell, Assistant Director at NCAT, got his start in the industry as a laborer with the Alabama Department of Transportation in 1986. He's got a reputation for being truly passionate about asphalt pavements, and he can tell incredible stories about working on the NCAT Test Track during oppressive Alabama summers
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