Monthly Archives: March 2016

What was going on when Tucker Paving launched in November 1994?

Tucker Paving Inc. got its corporate start officially in Winter Haven, Fla., on Nov. 21, 1994 — or 21 years and four months ago. We thought it would be fun to go back, with the help of the very useful World Wide Web, and look up the things that were going on around the world in just our incorporation month alone. So, we did, and here’s a very abbreviated list focusing on some of the more positive and pop culture events of November 1994:

• Nov. 4 — The United Center in Chicago opens. The Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets, 89-83.

• Nov. 4 — San Francisco hosts the first conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.

• Nov. 5 — The space probe Ulyssus completes the first passage behind the sun.

• Nov. 5 — Tony Rominger bicycles a world record for a distance covered in one hour for the second time (55.291 kilometers or 34.36 miles).

• Nov. 5 — George Foreman, age 45, KOs Michael Moorer to win boxing’s heavyweight championship.

• Nov. 9 — The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered.

• Nov. 11 — Microsoft’s Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex,” an extremely rare scientific journal, for $30.8 million.

• Nov. 13 — Dale Earnhardt wins the 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup.

• Nov. 14 — The first trains for the public run in the Channel Tunnel under the English Channel.

• Nov. 29 — Seoul, Korea, celebrates the 600th anniversary of its founding.

• Nov. 30 — The Beatles’ first album in 25 years, “Live at the BBC,” is released in Britain.

Top songs: “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men; “Livin on Love,” Alan Jackson; “Shut Up and Kiss Me,” Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Top movies: “Star Trek: Generations,” “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” “Frankenstein” (remake), and “The Santa Clause.”

TV favorites: “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “ER,” “Roseanne,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Home Improvement,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Interesting, indeed.

Sources: OnThisDay.com, Billboard.com, and Nielsen Media Research (via Wikipedia.org)

Tucker Paving’s membership with FTBA makes sense on many levels

In detail or in passing, in this online blog or on Facebook (facebook.com/tuckerpaving/), we’ve mentioned Tucker Paving’s association with several business, economic development, and professional organizations. Among the ones we haven’t touched on in any kind of digital depth so far is the Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc. (FTBA).

Tucker Paving, Inc., is in the paving and road-building business, of course, so it makes perfect sense to belong to this association.

Like many other large construction-related organizations — those having members involved with public and private projects costing millions and sometimes billions of dollars — the FTBA is big into political lobbying, government and legislative oversight, and advocacy on behalf of members and the industry.

The Tallahassee-based FTBA — “Florida’s Voice for the Road & Bridge-Building Industry” — states on its website (www.ftba.com) that “members are at the forefront of industry decisions.” The association further states:

“FTBA represents its members with one collective voice before the Florida Legislature. FTBA works with various agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration as well as the executive branch to keep them informed of the needs and concerns of the transportation construction industry.”

The FTBA is affiliated with the national American Road and Transportation Builders’ Association. It also maintains liaisons with several other transportation-related organizations, including Floridians for Better Transportation (www.bettertransportation.org).

The FTBA isn’t all about politics and government affairs, though. It provides members with educational materials and up-to-date construction and design specifications. It provides bid information. It has a scholarship program for young people and supports regional Construction Career Days for high school students. It produces a quarterly industry publication, FTBA Magazine. It sponsors a wide range of conferences, seminars, workshops, and member social events. And it awards and recognizes quality, innovation, and achievement in construction work and design.

A must-attend event for any FTBA individual member or member group is the association’s annual convention. This year, the FTBA convention will be held Aug. 4-7 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes resort. As you might expect, meetings, speeches, presentations, roundtable discussions, and an awards event are all on the convention schedule, but also planned is a heavy dose of fun time — lots of good eating, a pool party, a party for children and teenagers, and tournaments for the adults in golf, tennis, and fishing.

The FTBA is a fine association, and the Tucker Paving team is pleased to be a part of it. We look forward to having a good group from the company at the 2016 FTBA Annual Convention and expect it to be a real treat.

Versatility works for Tucker Paving

Versatility.

Employers like it in the folks who work for them and the candidates they interview for job vacancies. Public and private organizations like it in construction companies when it’s time to award bids to build roads, buildings, and utility infrastructure.

Tucker Paving, Inc., got its start in late 1994 primarily as a paving company — our name sort of gives that away — but through the years we’ve taken on quite a variety of construction jobs and developed a reputation as an honest and reliable company that does consistently high-quality and on-time work.

Like “honest,” “reliable,” and “quality,” “versatile” is an adjective that describes our company — and our employees — very well.

We have worked on large private projects — theme parks, subdivisions, hospitals, and jobs for national builders.

We have worked on public-sector projects — roads and work for the Florida Department of Transportation; and jobs for cities, counties, and school boards.

We have worked on small projects — from mini warehouses to small businesses and churches.

We have worked on underground utilities, including repairs to stormwater and wastewater systems.

At Tucker Paving, we pride ourselves on being able to self-perform site clearing, site grading, subgrade stabilization, base work, asphalt paving, underground utility work, and concrete curb, sidewalk, slab, and tie-beam construction.

Having all these capabilities — this versatility — enables our construction company to have total control over the schedule and quality of each project we’re fortunate and grateful to have.