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Pave It Black: The Official Podcast of NAPA

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The official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

The official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.


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The official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.








The Good Neighbor

In this episode of Pave It Black, our season of opportunity continues with a discussion about environmental compliance and how compliance officers work to protect the communities they serve. Richard and Brett talk with Bob Beyke of Milestone Contractors about his experience as the company's manager of environmental affairs and learn about his role and journey in the asphalt industry. Sponsored by Surface Tech


Safety First

In the Season 4 premiere of Pave It Black, the season of opportunity starts off by exploring safety with a discussion that ventures into methods of successfully engraining safety in the company’s culture, all the way to skills companies may seek out when hiring a safety manager. Richard and Brett talk with Candy Klingensmith, of the Knife River Midwest about her experience as the companies Safety Manager and learning about her career journey into that role.


Doing More with Drones

Season 3 of Pave it Black concludes with a discussion on drone technologies and how drones are used today as well as where the technology may take us tomorrow. Richard and Brett talk with Carl Pittman, of APAC Mississippi and Jessica Lewis, a graduate student at Mississippi State University about areas where drones are being utilized in construction along with some of the considerations with using the technology. With drones providing opportunities to increase safety and efficiency around...


The Dynamics of Asphalt Plant Management

“The Dynamics of Asphalt Plant Management” In this episode of Pave It Black, our season continues to explore technologies with a discussion on how software may help with some of the challenges an asphalt plant operation faces with keeping all the balls in the air from current work, upcoming work, different customers, suppliers, materials, testing, maintenance, and all of the communication that is required to keep the drum turning and customers smiling. Richard and Brett talk with Ben...


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.


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.


Going Paperless

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.