OHMPA hands out Trillium Awards at Fall Asphalt Seminar
January 6, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) recognized nine asphalt plants with Trillium Awards, and recertified four others, at its 22nd annual Fall Asphalt Seminar in December 2013.
Aecon Construction & Materials (Brampton, Goderich and Orangeville plants), G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction Co. (Tackaberry asphalt plant), and The Miller Group (Lavis Contracting Co. Holmesville asphalt plant, Mill-Am asphalt plant, The Murray Group Murphy and Bowman Pit plants and Smiths Construction, Turcotte Pit) all received Trillium Awards. Recertified asphalt plants include: The Miller Group’s E.C. King, Sydenham asphalt plant and New Liskeard, Port Colborne, and Whitby asphalt plants.
Trillium Awards are given to leading asphalt producers who exceed standards in seven categories: appearance, operations, environmental, safety, permitting and compliance, community relations and industry participation.
Since being introduced in 2002, fifty-five plants have earned a Trillium Award and 35 have been recertified. Trillium Award status is granted for three years; plants can then reapply for recertification.
“The award was created to recognize those plants that go beyond the ‘gold’ standard already required by industry regulations,” said Doug Duke, executive director of the OHMPA.
Also presented at the seminar was the Dr. Norman McLeod Award for Innovation in Road Building to Lyle Moran, asphalt team leader for Imperial Oil’s Sarnia Research Centre. And the first ‘Bleeds Black’ Awards were given to Dr. Susan Tighe, director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology at the University of Waterloo; Mark Cosby, foreman of Walker Aggregates Vineland Asphalt Plant; and Sandy Brown, technical director of the OHMPA.
“The commitment and passion of the three individuals chosen for this award greatly contribute to the continual improvement of asphalt,” said Colin Burpee, president of the OHMPA. “One may say that they are so dedicated that when cut, they bleed black.”