Northern Lights

Vol 21 Issue 2Northern Lights (From Mix Equipment Oct 2016)

As the daylight slowly fades amongst the rolling mountains and tall pines of the Idaho panhandle, the crew of Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc. sets in for the long night ahead. A veteran crew, they set to work installing the automation systems and skis, preheating their Carlson EZIV and rigging the lights for the night’s job. For them it’s just another day at the office, but tonight they have a new tool in their night paving arsenal: LED Blade Lights.

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All In A Day’s Job

Vol 21 Issue 1All In A Day’s Job (From Mix Equipment Feb 2016)

It’s another early morning gearing up for the day’s job for M.R. Tanner Construction’s pavement maintenance crew. After prepping the jobsite, marking their lines, calibrating the grade control system, and heating the screed, the first trucks begin to roll onto the jobsite even before the sun comes up. With efficiency, precision and care, the crew sets to work laying 325 tons (294 tonnes) of material for a full parking lot replacement, giving the Southwestern Eye Care Center in Mesa, Arizona, a new look.

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Celebrating A Golden Anniversary

2015novAPECoverFinley Asphalt & Sealing Rings In 50 Years With Pair Of Special Silver Pavers (From APE Nov 2015)

The traditional 50th anniversary present is gold. But why stick to something so basic when celebrating such a momentous milestone? Finley Asphalt & Sealing, Inc., of D.C. and Virginia, decided to go for something a little ashier. The family-owned business rang in its 50th anniversary earlier this year with two shiny, sparkling and brand new Carlson Paving Products CP100 Pavers…custom painted silver.

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With Echelon Paving, GingerMan Raceway Gets the Green Flag

201510ACONCoverCarlson EZIV and EZV Front Mount Screeds Help Repave West Michigan Track (From Asphalt Contractor Oct 2015)

Located in the lakeshore town of South Haven, MI, GingerMan Raceway was established in 1995 by racing enthusiast Daniel Schnitta. Designed to feel like a state park, the racetrack rests on more than 300 acres of land that includes sprawling areas of a shaded wood, plenty of paddock space and a pond stocked with fish.

GingerMan Raceway is dedicated to the safety of the driver. The course layout was designed to minimize damage to both drivers and their vehicles and is considered among the safest tracks in the nation.

In January 2014, Schnitta contacted Superior Asphalt, headquartered in Grand Rapids, to evaluate the track. Originally paved in 1995, the track pavement was intact, but there were 1 1/2-inch cracks that had been filled with rubber crack seal.

Read the full article in Asphalt Contractor Oct 2015

Safer Night Work

front page rock to roadNew trends in safety and illumination (From Rock To Road Oct 2015)

Roadway construction zones are dangerous by their nature. Add in the element of night and suddenly the traditional hazards of roadway work zones are joined with low visibility and a higher rate of impaired or distracted drivers.

As more projects are scheduled for night to alleviate motorist congestion, especially in urban areas or highly traveled roadways, contractors have to plan more illumination to reduce the hazards and increase overall safety of their work zones.

With the rise of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, increased mobile equipment lighting and the recognition of glare, contractors should be informed of the changes and trends in the industry to make the right decisions on their future lighting purchases.

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Carlson Adds The CP75 To Its Commercial Paver Lineup


Innovation, contractor focus key features of Carlson’s newest commercial paver.

Carlson Paving Products has introduced its newest member of its CP paver lineup in the CP75 Commercial Class Paver. Setting a new standard for commercial class pavers by combining innovation, reliability and performance in an economical platform, the CP75 joins the Carlson CP100 in providing contractors industry leading options for their commercial class paver needs.

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Winter-Damaged Streets Get Milled & Repaved in the City of Southfield

2014winterdamageAchieving density requirements and superior mat quality, Carlson’s EZR2 impresses contractors (From

Pull the record book off the shelf for a moment and look up “10 Major Cities With the Worst Winter of 2013-14.”

Toledo, Chicago and Detroit are the top three. For Metro Detroit the winter of 2013-14 was the second snowiest season on record — bested only by the winter of 1880-1881 … which was only a handful or so years before Henry Ford built his first automobile. And thanks to a meteorological phenomenon known as the Polar Vortex, temperatures plunged regularly below zero degrees F in Detroit, making rare days above freezing cause to consider breaking out t-shirts, shorts and sunscreen. But wait a second, skip the sunscreen. Only two days from Dec. 1-March 18 were classified as “sunny,” meaning days with 30% or less cloud cover.

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Carlson Receives the Pillar of the Industry Gold Award by AEM’s I Make America Campaign

IMakeAmerica-webCarlson Paving Products, Inc. Awarded the I Make America Pillar of the Industry Gold Award

For the second consecutive year, Carlson Paving Products, Inc. has been awarded the I Make America Pillar of the Industry Gold Award at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers annual meeting in California. Carlson President Chris Colwell was present to accept the award, the highest honor given to participating members of the I Make America campaign.

“This award is a reflection of the continued hard work and dedication of all members of Team Carlson,” said Colwell. “To earn this distinction we had to pursue advocacy and outreach to show how American manufacturing is integral to our nation’s economy and families. This was made possible by the enormous amount of pride each and every member of Team Carlson displays in their work and their investment in manufacturing’s continued role in America’s economy.”

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2014 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products: 50 Ways to Build the Bottom Line

201409NewProductAwardCarlson’s CP100 Paver awarded Top 50 New Products by Equipment Today (From

Your equipment fleet represents both the lifeblood of your business and your largest capital expense. It’s critical that the units you acquire and use in your operation make sense for your applications and can deliver the greatest return on investment.

The 2014 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products represent a broad cross section of equipment types, all with one common denominator — they offer the potential to deliver the value you need to complete jobs more quickly, reduce owning and operating costs and ultimately put more money to the bottom line. Hosted by Equipment Today and, this awards program lets you be the judges in selecting the recipients. Nominees were determined based on reader inquiries on new products featured in the magazine over a 12-month period, along with page views and inquiries on Manufacturers are able to receive only one award, so the winning product represents the single highest ranking product for the company for the specified time frame.

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Carlson Employees Support I Make America, Jobs Creation During Congressional Visit

IMakeAmerica-webTeam Carlson welcomes Congressman Denny Heck to factory to discuss transportation and American manufacturing (From

Carlson Paving Products employees expressed strong support for I Make America (IMA) and policies that create U.S. jobs when Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA10) toured their Tacoma, Washington, facility on April 24, 2014.

“We discussed with Rep. Heck the importance of a modern infrastructure system to keep our company – and the U.S. economy – competitive with the rest of the world,” said Chris Colwell, president of Carlson Paving Products. “We also talked about the need for a fully funded, long-term surface transportation bill that would give paving contractors the certainty they need to plan machinery purchases.”

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