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Children of all ages scrambled to see and touch approximately 25 vehicles, including a race car and hauler, row crop tractor, fire trucks, police cars, aerial boom trucks, garbage truck, street sweeper, a monster truck, and a helicopter from Air Evac Perryville at the “Touch-A-Truck” in Jackson, Missouri.

The event, sponsored by the Jackson Community Outreach Board, was held at the Jackson Civic Center on September 15 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Event organizer, Eric Longman – Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, told us the crowd was over 1,600 based on the number of waivers completed at the entrance table. Last year's attendance was 1,000.

Since our loaders were busy on that beautiful Saturday morning, we featured a brand new Caterpillar 966M loader from our friends at Fabick Cat (thanks to Damon Dillard and the rest of the Fabick Cat family). We had a rock coloring table amply supplied with rocks from our nearby SEMO Quarry. We also distributed yellow “ASA Asphalt” hard hats, our new Mining Activity Booklet, “Delta” ink pens, recruitment flyers, and information regarding Proposition D – YES on D for safer roads and bridges.



Megan Pingkian, Micki Horrell, Cathy Lorenz, Christine Linguanti, Paul Hudson, Mike Martin, and Don Rosenbarger were busy greeting attendees, working the tables, answering questions, and assisting kids in and out of the loader. We saw many potential future equipment operators on that Saturday morning.

 We hope to see you at next year’s event!


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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on October 24, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at

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Apex Paving Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Missouri Department of Transportation Letting on October 19, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (573) 331-7561 or visiting the MoDOT website at

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Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Illinois Department of Transportation Letting on November 9, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (618) 998-1615 or visiting the IDOT website at

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Making Someone's Day!

It is not uncommon for a paving crew to have a break in the action while waiting on the next truckload of asphalt to be delivered. There could be issues at the asphalt plant, heavy traffic, or numerous other reasons for a delay to occur. The ASA Asphalt crew certainly made good use of that wait time recently.

We could not give the story justice by attempting to re-tell it, so we include the two postings from our Facebook account below. (We did “XXXX” out the street address for safety concerns.)

“I want to make sure the men working on XXXX Street in New Madrid get a big pat on the back! My 4-year old son, Will, gets off the bus at my parents’ house on XXXX Street every day after lunch. He loves equipment of any kind! Today he got to watch your men work on the road and it made his day! The men saw him watching from the yard and took time to talk to him and answer his 500 questions! Will has a genetic disorder called Noonans Syndrome that causes physical and intellectual disabilities. When I picked him up today, he was able to tell me about all the equipment and how they work! Equipment is the one thing that he knows and remembers from day to day. Thank you for being so sweet to Will and making his day so special!”  - Leslie Russell Sutton

  Will overseeing the ASA Asphalt paving crew.


“I would like to thank your workers for the great job they did on my road in New Madrid. I would also like to thank them for making my grandson’s day! We watched them working and while waiting for some asphalt to be delivered they took time to talk with my grandson Will and answer his MANY questions. A few days later on their way home they stopped by and gave him a little hard hat! You have such outstanding workers and also kind gentlemen who represent your company well. I just wanted to say thanks to them!” – Debbie Russell

We provide training and instructions to our employees on safety, production, quality, ethics, and customer service. We do not provide training or instructions to our employees on how to be kind, considerate, and thoughtful people. Our employees bring that with them!

Thank you Ms. Sutton and Ms. Russell for taking the time to send recognition to our crew. We will certainly share your kind words with them.

Thank you, Will, for keeping our crew on their toes. We wish you the very best!

We wish to recognize ASA Asphalt Supervisor Kenny Carlton and his crew for an excellent job of paving and an outstanding job of being human! Thanks, guys!

We build roads to make a living; we build relationships to make a life.


You may learn more about Noonans Syndrome by visiting


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“Proposition D” is a statutory referendum to fund Missouri state law enforcement and maintenance for highways, bridges, roads, and streets. Because Proposition D was referred to the statewide ballot by the General Assembly, Missouri voters will have the final say on this important measure on November 6.

Both Republican and Democrat lawmakers voted to put this non-partisan issue on the ballot. The Missouri Senate passed the measure with a bipartisan 73% of members voting YES and the Missouri House passed it with a bipartisan 66% of lawmakers voting YES.

What does Proposition D say?

Here is the ballot language you will see in the voting booth:

  • Ballot Summary: "Shall Missouri law be amended to fund Missouri state law enforcement by increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and to establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund?"
  • Fiscal Summary: "If passed, this measure will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance."

Proposition D phases in a 2.5 cents per gallon motor fuel user fee increase each year for four years for a total of 10 cents per gallon. When fully funded, Proposition D will provide approximately $412 million in new money every year to accelerate state and local road, street, and bridge projects.

How does the State Highway Patrol benefit?

The Missouri Constitution requires that motor fuel tax revenues can only be used for: (1) The cost of collecting the revenue, (2) Local and state roads and bridges, and (3) The Missouri State Highway Patrol, for the actual cost of enforcing Missouri’s laws on state highways.

Proposition D will provide funding to state law enforcement, enabling them to be well-equipped to protect drivers and respond to accidents across the state. And when Proposition D is fully phased in, that will free up about $288 annually currently going to the Patrol to be used for local and state roads and bridges.

How will the money be invested?

Thirty percent of Proposition D’s $412 in revenues, which is approximately $124 million, is constitutionally required to flow to Missouri’s cities and counties. The money earmarked for local governments is split 50-50 - cities statewide will receive $62 million and the counties $62 million.

Missouri has 97,000 miles of local roads and streets and 14,000 local bridges. Local governments will make local decisions on local priorities using this new money.

The annual local revenue impact, including the County Distribution and the City Distribution, in southeast Missouri is estimated as follows:

  • Bollinger County    $336,000
  • Butler County    $947,000
  • Cape Girardeau County $1,414,000
  • Dunklin County    $806,000
  • Mississippi County    $391,000
  • New Madrid County    $632,000
  • Pemiscot County    $534,000
  • Perry County    $480,000
  • Scott County    $741,000
  • Ste. Genevieve County    $485,000
  • Stoddard County    $838,000

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) works with more than two dozen local and regional planning organizations covering every city and county to establish a statewide road and bridge program. The remaining $288 million ($412 million less the City & County share of $124 million) will be utilized to accelerate locally-driven state priority projects. This new funding will enable MoDOT to be able to match available funding from the federal road and bridge funds.

Why does Missouri need to raise the motor fuel user fee?

The last increase in the motor fuel user fee in Missouri occurred in April 1996. The rate changed to 17 cents per gallon and has remained there for the last 22 years. The price of fuel has fluctuated dramatically during that period of time; however, the motor fuel user fee is a fixed rate of 17 cents, and does not float with the price of fuel.

A lot has happened with Missouri roads and bridges in the last 22 years. The number of annual vehicle miles traveled has increased by 25 million miles. About 6,200 miles of highway lanes have been added to the state road system.  Concrete, steel, and asphalt have doubled and in some cases tripled in cost. The purchasing power of that 17 cents in 1996 is now only about 7 cents. Proposition D will help regain some of that lost purchasing power to accelerate progress on safer roads, streets, and bridges across Missouri.

Missouri now has the second lowest motor fuel user fee in the country. Alaska currently has a lower rate. Missouri has the seventh largest state highway system (34,000 miles of state roads and more than 10,000 bridges), far larger than our surrounding states. However, the state ranks 46th in revenue spent per mile.

How does this impact my wallet?

So, what’s it going to cost me?

According to the MoDOT Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri, the average Missourian drives 13,476 miles per year in a vehicle that achieves 22 miles per gallon fuel efficiency. That equates to 612 gallons of fuel purchased per year. When fully funded, the motor fuel user fee increase of 10 cents per gallon will equate to an additional $61 per year (about $5.10 per month). That will be your additional investment to provide safer roads for you, your family, and your friends.

You may view the complete Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri by visiting

How do I vote in the November General Election?

In order to vote in the General Election on November 6, you must be registered with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office no later than October 10.

A voter may register in person at one of the following locations:

  • The office of their local election authority
  • At a drivers licensing office while applying for or renewing a driver's license
  • At a designated state agency while the applicant is obtaining services from the agency. Examples of state agencies providing registration applications to their clients include Division of Family Services, Military Recruitment, or WIC.
  • A library

You may visit the Secretary of State website for further details at

We support Proposition D.

Proposition D is a major economic infusion that will provide local communities with jobs, infrastructure, and transportation progress. It’s good for Missouri. It’s good for you.

You may learn more by visiting or searching on social media using #saferMO.

On November 6, we encourage you to vote YES for Safer Roads, Streets, and Bridges.

Vote YES on Proposition D.

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8/30/2018 By Press Information

The aggregates industry has had a few tough years in the United States but is now recovering. One limestone quarry not only survived those hard times but thrived – by focusing on the future in a site planning partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE).

The Delta Companies Inc. (Delta) is a site development and highway contractor specializing in asphalt paving and road construction materials, including aggregates. Delta operates five quarries and a sand and gravel pit. One of those quarries is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, near the Mississippi River. The Delta SEMO Quarry in South East Missouri has been a leading supplier of limestone to the local construction industry for more than 40 years. SEMO typically produces between 700,000 to one million tons a year from a 200 acre property with an open pit that is now over 400 feet deep. It is a solid business with ample reserves to keep serving customers for decades to come.  

Delta knows its business and has a plan for the future but was not satisfied with that. As a subsidiary of the Colas Group, Delta can leverage benefits from the special relationship Colas has with Volvo CE as a global key account customer. One benefit is access to the manufacturer’s site assessment program provided by its Global Key Accounts Management team.  

In this program, the Volvo CE Key Accounts Solutions team dispatches specialists to review all aspects of a site operation. The team provides a deep analysis of current and future business, lifts up best practices and uncovers potential areas of improvement. This is an extended dialogue that concludes with a prioritized list of recommendations which the customer can factor in to its immediate and strategic plans. 

Delta worked closely with Volvo CE to explore how to reduce costs and make its SEMO operation even more efficient. Taking a closer look at the customer’s machine fleet is just one aspect in the complimentary site assessment program. Drilling, blasting, crushing, stockpiling – all were included and considered during the team’s one-week site visit. They also looked at safety practices, site layout, business planning, reserves planning, environmental aspects and maintenance practice.

Taking the (over)burden out of mining

While SEMO operations were running well, little tweaks were suggested to boost things further. The assessment team – led by David Nus, Director of Global Key Accounts at Volvo CE, and Craig Griffiths, Manager of Customer Solutions at Volvo CE – focused on an overburden project already underway and suggested ways to develop and maintain work benches and haul roads in an efficient and safe way.  

Other suggestions included aspects of maintenance and fleet management for their mobile fleet, as well as tips for operating a new Volvo EC750E recently delivered to SEMO. This work complemented the day-to-day support provided by the Volvo CE dealer, Rudd Equipment Company. 

“Our main role at Volvo CE is to sell mobile equipment, but that’s not our only role,” says David. “In these site assessments we want to be able to add value to our clients’ operations, highlight what’s important and advise organizations how to think strategically for the future. If Volvo CE can contribute in any way to a customer’s success, we become more than just a supplier, we are a true business partner.”

Small changes that make a big impact

SEMO is using a new Volvo EC750E excavator as a primary loader for its overburden removal though it does serve in limestone production as well. The excavator loads rigid dump trucks as well as articulated haulers, including a Volvo A40D articulated hauler that dates back to 2005 and boasts over 16,000 hours. The site assessment works well because it advises customers on the best way to use machines like these, to ensure the equipment is appropriate for the job at hand.  

The findings from site assessment vary from client to client. Some require more input in the day-to-day operations on site, while others are looking for ways to maximize future profitability. By taking the time to really understand the dynamics of a business, like Delta, Volvo CE is not only able to help its customers improve their operations but also improve the way Volvo CE designs and plans its own machines and services to maximize uptime. 

Delta SEMO is operated by Delta Companies Inc, a subsidiary of civil engineering giant Colas, who in turn is part of the Bouygues Group and has more than 50 quarries in North America. Volvo CE’s site assessment program with Colas has run more than three years and covered sites in four subsidiaries across two continents to date.

“Our collaboration with Colas is proving to be an overwhelming success,” says Craig. “They are world leaders in their industries so have little need for help in how to run their business. Where we do add value is by suggesting small changes to their current operations that will pay dividends for the future.”

Image 1: Volvo machines – the EC750E and A40D – working on site at Delta SEMO
Image 2: From left David Nus, Director of Global Key Accounts at Volvo CE, Will Gmerek, Sales at dealer Rudd Equipment Company, Mike Martin, Aggregates Area Manager of Delta Companies Inc, and Craig Griffiths, Manager of Customer Solutions at Volvo CE
Image 3: Will Gmerek and Mike Martin discuss site aspects
Image 4: The entrance sign at Delta SEMO


Anne Bast

Vice President, Corporate Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment
Tel: + 46 16 5415906

Brian O'Sullivan

Tel: +44 7733350307


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