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Expo Shows Industry Continues to Grow, Infrared Repair Gains Momentum

As show season comes to close and the asphalt season is about to officially start, this is a good time to reflect on what everyone took away from the shows. For many, the World of Asphalt and National Pavement Expo were opportunities to network with other contractors in the industry as well as see what new equipment the vendors have to offer. Some attendees went with something specific in mind they wanted to buy or research, some went to attend…
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Thinking Outside the Box: Modern Road Maintenance Technology can Transform the Way Municipalities Work

“Why aren’t the roads getting any better? Why do they only get worse and worse? Why can’t the city fix this? Why am I paying taxes?” Taxpayers ask these questions time and time again. Despite their best efforts, however, even government leaders can be unclear about a permanent solution to road problems. It goes without saying the nation’s highway systems are in serious need of maintenance and improvements. In 2017 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published its annual…
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How Potholes Form: Explaining It to Your Clients in Fun Terms

Most drivers who live in cold-weather climates know that they will have to dodge potholes, especially in the spring. They might not, however, understand exactly how potholes form, simply blaming it on road salt and heavy trucks in general. As a road repair contractor, you probably often receive questions about why potholes happen, and you need to explain it in easy terms without becoming too scientific. How Potholes Form: The Ice Cube Comparison Explaining to drivers how potholes form may…
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Getting the Most Out of Your Trade Show Experience

As the working season winds down for most pavement contractors, another season is quickly approaching, trade show season. Trade shows such as the National Pavement Expo and World of Asphalt are ideal opportunities for pavement contractors to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer, as well as network with other pavement contractors from around the country. Additionally, trade shows offer several classes and seminars that focus on topics such as best practices to business management classes. With…
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Breaking the Pothole Cycle

2018 was the year of the pothole. It seems like every news station locally and nationally had extensive coverage on what they dubbed the “pothole pandemic.” A crumbling infrastructure in combination with dwindling municipal budgets and an extensive freeze thaw cycle has created the perfect storm for potholes and lots of them. Public works departments, county road commissions and state departments of transportation are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to pothole patching. Adverse weather conditions, lack of resources,…
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Section 179 Tax Credit: What It Could Mean to You

Now that 2018 is only a few weeks away from coming to an end, thoughts of taxes will start coming to mind. As a business owner, one specific factor that you may want to consider is the Section 179 Tax Credit, which essentially supports small- and medium-sized businesses to encourage them to invest in themselves. How the Section 179 Tax Credit Works Simply stated, if you buy or lease a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the full price…
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Wintertime Patching

It’s that time of the year again when asphalt contractors begin to shift gears from the long days and high temperatures of the summer to the dreaded office work and frigid cold of the winter. For many, the winter is a time to get caught up on administrative tasks and take a long, well deserved break from the season. However, winter brings a few difficult situations that asphalt contractors must face. For starters, because of the lack of incoming work,…
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Stop the Cycle: Asphalt Recycling Leads to Longer-Lasting Repairs

Are you a representative of a municipality that struggles to keep up with pothole patching, finding yourself patching the same potholes week after week or even day after day? Well, you’re far from alone. Municipalities across the country are constantly fighting adverse conditions when it comes to pothole patching. Between harsh winter weather conditions and the lack of hot mix asphalt availability, many municipalities perform temporary repairs with cold patch asphalt and wait until spring to go back and make…
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5 Reasons Why You Need to Own a Hotbox

If you work in the asphalt repair industry, you need to own a hotbox. To us, there’s no question about that at all, and once you see how effective it is in helping you work more efficiently, the choice will be clear to you too…
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Why Buying Quality Equipment is a Wise Investment

It’s an age-old debate. Do you spend a little more for quality equipment knowing that it will last longer and work better, or buy cheaper products to save money now even though you’ll have to replace them sooner? When it comes to items like clothing and food, it doesn’t really matter very much. But when it comes to machinery like asphalt maintenance equipment, automobile repair tools, or construction equipment, there’s no question at all. Buying quality equipment is a must,…
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