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OAPC honours Trillium and Bleeds Black award winners

Dan O'Reilly
OAPC honours Trillium and Bleeds Black award winners

Trillium Awards recipients and a champion of Ontario’s asphalt road industry were recognized at the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council’s (OAPC) recent fall seminar.

Three asphalt plants received the 2019 Trillium Awards and 17 plants were recertified. The new award winners were Coco Paving Inc.’s Boyce, Kemptville, and St. Catharine’s asphalt plants in Ontario.

Implemented in 2002 and based on very rigorous criteria, the awards recognize hot mix asphalt plants which adhere to high operational standards such as appearance, safety and environmental measures. They are granted for a three-year period, at which point the plant must apply for recertification. The OAPC fall seminar was held in early December 2019.

Eighty-one plants have now earned the award and 100 have been recertified since the program was established and the goal is to have all member plants certified by 2021, said OAPC’s plant and paving committee chair Mike Deckert. “We are making great strides in achieving that goal.”

An industry veteran with a four-decade-plus resume was the recipient of the 2019 Bleeds Black Award, which honours individuals with a strong and proven commitment to the asphalt road industry.

Dufferin Construction Company’s general manager of operations Peter Gamble started his career more than 40 years ago working on a paving crew and then worked his way to foreman, superintendent, and then to his present position.

“Peter has had a passion for producing and placing asphalt his entire life. Every role Peter has had in his career has involved asphalt,” said Dufferin Construction’s Southwest Ontario district manager Peter Hamstra, who presented the award along with OAPC chair Rick Logozzo.

“The asphalt industry in Ontario has benefited from Peter’s knowledge and desire to produce high quality pavements. This is evidenced by the many times he has been approached by industry partners to share his experience, insights and opinions,” said Hamstra.

In addition to Bleeds Black and Trillium Award announcements, there was a strong appeal by Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) technical services manager James Smith for contractors and municipal owners to participate in the third annual Municipal Paving Award.

Sponsored by a joint committee comprised of representatives from that association and OAPC, its purpose is to recognize and promote the collaboration between municipalities and hot mix asphalt producers in paving projects.

At the time of the fall seminar there had been no submissions. In an interview just before Christmas, however, Smith said the joint committee had since received seven. The winners will be announced at the OGRA annual convention on Feb. 25 in Toronto.

The program was implemented in 2017 and the recipients that year were The Town of Hearst and Villeneuve Construction Co. Ltd. for a full reconstruction of Front Street, that municipality’s main thoroughfare. In 2018 the award went to the City of Toronto and Coco Paving for a mill and overlay of the Gardiner Expressway.

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