Asphalt roads are pollution fighters on two fronts

IN ITS RAW APPLICATION FORM, asphalt is thick, black, gooey, sticky, and really smelly. In its useable form, though, compacted and cooled for the motoring public, asphalt actually is a 24/7 pollution fighter. Continue reading Asphalt roads are pollution fighters on two fronts

Tucker Paving’s commitment to worker safety garners new attention

THERE’S A SAYING in all things organizational that “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.” Someone by the name of “Author Unknown” coined the phrase at some point in relatively recent world history, but no one knows when or where it happened. We know this, though: “Author” was right. We also know this: A long-sustained excellent safety record in industry definitely doesn’t happen by accident. Continue reading Tucker Paving’s commitment to worker safety garners new attention

The push is on to give more attention, resources to vocational education

WHAT DOES does a candidate for Florida governor have in common with an advocate for builders and contractors?

Each wants education officials in Florida and across the nation — and Americans as a whole — to think again about the traditional high school-to-college pathway to higher education and, eventually, to gainful employment.

Each would like to see a much greater emphasis placed — in policies, dollars, offerings, and opportunities — on vocational education.

Adam Putnam of Bartow, a Republican candidate for Florida governor this year, and Mike Glavin, the director of Workforce Policy and Programs for Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), both have a column in the current issue of Building Central Florida magazine. The magazine is produced by the Orlando-based Central Florida Chapter of ABC.

Putnam offers these key points:

“As a state, we’ll need 2 million more jobs over the next decade to accommodate Florida’s population growth. Of the 100 fastest growing jobs in Florida, more than half of them will require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree. … Recently, I released my ‘Florida Jobs First Agenda,’ which details my plan to modernize career training to include 21st-century skills like coding, advanced manufacturing and health care. I plan to bring businesses to the table in developing curriculum for vocational and technical education so students will learn the skills they’ll need for real jobs. And I will build on existing apprenticeship programs so more students can ‘earn while they learn’ a modern-day trade.”

Glavin’s take includes this:

“… (T)he conventional wisdom for the nation’s education system has been that the only path to prosperity can be found by simply “getting into college” or “going to college,” rather than deliberately attending college with the intent of completing a degree and adding value to the economy. This is a mistake that has caused a drag on the nation’s economic potential by marginalizing high-value skills and careers while plunging entire generations of Americans into crippling debt. … The proposition of jumping directly into college is the only choice given to students who want a post-secondary credential and a chance at a successful lifestyle. Meanwhile, U.S. roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair, construction employers are desperate for young talent and thousands of high-earning careers are going unfilled. … Skills education programs in the construction industry … combine value-driven, skills-based education, on-the-job learning, workplace experience, and great wages.”

In a related item, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans (62 percent) agree that apprenticeships — or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college. The finding is from the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted online by The Harris Poll.

According to the poll results, about seven in 10 U.S. adults say that learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree (68 percent) and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be (69 percent). A majority disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71 percent), and nine out of 10 Americans (94 percent) say that apprenticeships are helpful in leading to a new career.

Combine the Putnam and Glavin columns with the survey results, and there just might be some food for thought here.

If you would like to read the columns in their entirety, click over to the online version of the Building Central Florida magazine (July-August 2018 issue). (Scroll down in the PDF file to pages 3 and 25.) The article about the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey can be found here.

A note to readers: The management of Tucker Paving, Inc., is supporting current Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in his campaign to be the next governor of Florida.

There’s more to learn about Winter Haven Regional Airport

LAST TIME ON THE BLOG, we introduced some interesting facts about Winter Haven Regional Airport, where Team Tucker Paving had the grand opportunity earlier this year to improve the runway taxiways. We got through 10 of the facts last time and, with so many to share, decided to carry over the balance to a second article. So, with that as an introduction, here’s more about our ever-expanding and improving local airport. Continue reading There’s more to learn about Winter Haven Regional Airport

There’s much to learn about Winter Haven Regional Airport

THE TAXIWAY WORK the Tucker Paving team completed earlier this year at Winter Haven Regional Airport, combined with the recent news that the airport has received a $2.49 million federal grant, has given many of us here a new appreciation for the airport. It really does play important roles in the local general aviation scene and the local economy as a whole. Based on everything we’ve been told, and with city officials’ desire to find additional funds for several key airport improvements and growth-oriented projects, those roles are expected to expand significantly in the next few years. Continue reading There’s much to learn about Winter Haven Regional Airport

EDC panel looking at how to get new connector road built in northeast Polk

WHENEVER WE HEAR about road building or the potential for road building in Polk County, we sit up and take notice over here in the offices of Tucker Paving, Inc., in Winter Haven. After all, paving — which includes road building — is the primary service that launched our company nearly 24 years ago. Continue reading EDC panel looking at how to get new connector road built in northeast Polk

We’re looking forward to a meet-up with other transportation builders

THE 2018 Florida Transportation Builders Association (FBTA) Convention is coming up quickly, and it won’t happen without representation from Tucker Paving, Inc., and our new sister company, Jet Materials, LLC. (You can learn about Jet at http://jetmaterialsllc.com/.) About five team members from each of the two companies are registered to attend the convention, and word has it that our group from Tucker Paving will be coming back with a couple of nice awards. (We won’t spill the beans about the awards in this blog; we’ll save that news for a future article.) Continue reading We’re looking forward to a meet-up with other transportation builders

Florida transportation builders pave a path to higher education

IT’S GOOD TO HAVE affiliations with business, trade, and other organizations that care about young people and, in particular, the quality education of these youngsters. Among these organizations is the Florida Transportation Builders Association [https://ftba.com/] (FTBA), “Florida’s Voice for the Transportation Construction Industry.” Tucker Paving, Inc., has been a member of the FTBA for many years. Continue reading Florida transportation builders pave a path to higher education

Tucker Paving’s model safety record gets new attention with magazine article

TUCKER PAVING’S consistently excellent work safety record continues to get widespread notice and billing as a top model for all construction-related enterprises to emulate. Continue reading Tucker Paving’s model safety record gets new attention with magazine article

Tucker Paving’s experienced project team makes the most of the IPD approach

WITH DECADES of combined training and experience, our project team here at Tucker Paving, Inc., is a very talented, creative, and resourceful one. The members have just about seen it all in the world of local construction; they know what works in project planning, design, and delivery, and they know what doesn’t work. Continue reading Tucker Paving’s experienced project team makes the most of the IPD approach