With motivations of continually building a better organization, owner Tom Merry travelled to Charlotte, NC Feb. 18-20 for the National Pavement Expo.
Merry earned 6 Professional Development Hours (PDEs) from the Asphalt Institute (www.asphaltinstitute.org) while attending courses covering: (1) Overview of asphalt materials; Liquid asphalt, emulsions, aggregates, and mixtures; (2) Asphalt construction – The right mix on the job and placing it correctly; (3) Asphalt construction – Proper compaction and working with quality control specs; (4) Maintenance techniques – Patching, crack sealing, and surface treatments.
Merry also attended classes for “Understanding Pavement Defects” and “Proper Sealcoating Estimating.”
Last month, Rainier Asphalt & Concrete established and filled the position of Internal Auditor for Safety and Quality Control. New insights gained from this month’s conference will be implemented into the company’s policies and standards.
“We are continually searching for ways to distance ourselves from our competition and showcase to our customers that we are an informed and accountable contractor,” Merry said. “The important thing now is to go back home and implement this information into the way we do business — with our estimators, project managers, foremen, and quality control auditor.”
With the creation of the internal auditor position, the company seeks to provide a mechanism of accountability that very few contractors can showcase to their customers.
“We deal with outside inspectors very regularly on government jobs and right-of-way projects, but we wanted to create a quality control system on all of our private jobs, too,” Merry said. “I really believe we’re placing ourselves into the small minority of upper echelon contractors.”