WORKING THROUGH a million man-hours with absolutely no lost-time accidents was no small achievement for the team at Tucker Paving, Inc. — no, the achievement was and remains HUGE — so a celebration was in order. It was held the evening of Friday, June 9, at the Lake Eva Events Center in Haines City. Continue reading A very safe million man-hours of work a great reason to celebrate
STRAIGHT FROM THE Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), here are some sobering statistics about U.S. workplace accidents: Continue reading Tucker Paving safety record provides nice contrast to sobering national statistics
LARRY D. TUCKER JR. had a birthday the other day. It was on Wednesday, March 1. Around Tucker Paving, Inc., around Winter Haven and throughout Central Florida, Larry D. Tucker Jr. is known as “Chip” Tucker. Given his status as owner and president of Tucker Paving, Chip also often is called “Sir” and “Mr. Tucker,” which are nice salutations, too. Continue reading Tucker Paving and team are in good hands with ‘an owner who cares’
As this blog article was being posted, only a few precious hours remained in the year we called Two Thousand and Sixteen. We were thinking that many people in business and every other facet of life probably have been or soon will be undergoing some form of mental multitasking, going back and forth in their minds with reflection about the year about to end and anticipating — we hope with eagerness — about the year about to start. Continue reading 2016 was a busy and good year for Tucker Paving; we’re expecting a repeat for 2017
Innovative and high-quality work by Tucker Paving, Inc., continues to get noticed — and recognized.
A group from Tucker Paving attended a special banquet of the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) in Orlando on Oct. 8. When it came time to leave, our team members had four more coveted ABC Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle Awards to bring back for display in our Winter Haven office.
The panel of judges for the 2016 EIC Awards considered hundreds of outstanding Central Florida construction projects completed by dozens of companies between May 1, 2015, and May 15, 2016. The judges honored Tucker Paving with the Eagle Award, the ABC chapter’s highest recognition, for its showcase work on each of these four projects:
• Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sound Stage, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Daniel Bennett, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. For site work/landscape/hardscape. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, All Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Entertainment Facilities, $500,000 to $1 million.
• Magic Kingdom Park HUB Enhancement, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Josh Smith, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Nick Toschlog. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Entertainment Facilities, $1 million to $5 million.
• Perry Harvey, Sr., Park, Tampa — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Amanda Dawley, William Wooster, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Steve Dawson. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, $1 million to $5 million.
• T1A04 State Road 17 and County Road 17B Roundabout, Lake Wales — Tucker Paving and team members Amanda Dawley, Steve Dawson, William Wooster, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Under $500,000.
Tucker Paving is very honored to have four more prestigious Eagle Awards, and management thanks the entire company team for the excellent body of planning, design, and construction work that led to them.
More on the Web: www.abccentralflorida.com/eic.html#.WBDaoSMrKuM
A RECENT SPECIAL EVENT put on by the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida (ACAF), Inc. — the 40th Annual Asphalt Contractors Conference and Trade Show — was a great opportunity for four Tucker Paving team members to catch up with colleagues in the paving business and get up to speed quickly on current industry issues and new technologies.
Ray Curtis, Shawn Signore, Amanda Dawley, and Shane Rocker represented Tucker Paving at the conference, which was held in mid-September at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando. The four returned to the office with a lot of useful information and resources to share with management and fellow employees. Conference topics included work zone safety best practices, work zone innovations, research initiatives, paving electronics, current construction issues and ideas, and the state of the asphalt industry — particularly in the Sunshine State. Several 2016 ACAF Excellence in Pavement Awards were presented, too.
The ACAF has an interesting slogan — “Asphalt: Florida Rides on Us.” It’s not just a clever play on words; it’s a fact. The association reports that asphalt is, by far, the primary form of highway pavement in Florida. Asphalt makes up about 99 percent of Florida’s pavements and is the surface of choice for about 94 percent of the 2.27 million miles of paved roads throughout the United States. That includes 65 percent of the Interstate Highway System.
Asphalt clearly is the pavement of choice — for roads, parking lots, and many more applications — by Tucker Paving and other professional paving companies around the country. It’s a proven performer, it makes motoring smooth and fuel efficient, it can be customized to any paving application, and it has the lowest life-cycle cost of any paving option.
Asphalt also is “money in the bank” when it comes time for road resurfacing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, about 90 million tons of asphalt pavement is reclaimed each year, and more than 80 percent of the reclaimed pavement is recycled. Tucker Paving has its own asphalt recycling operation, providing asphalt millings for its own road projects and the balance for sale to other companies and to the public.
If you want to learn a lot about asphalt and asphalt paving in a hurry, the websites for the Tallahassee-based ACAF (www.acaf.org), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (www.asphaltpavement.org), and Asphalt Pavement Alliance (www.asphaltfacts.com) are excellent places to explore. These websites are rich with interesting facts, figures, and general information.
The ACAF on the Web: www.acaf.org
It’s always a nice to get away for a few days and attend the annual convention of the Florida Transportation Builders Association Inc. (FTBA). It’s even better to come back with an award recognizing company-wide achievement. Continue reading Tucker Paving was well represented at the Florida Transportation Builders Association Convention