Transportation Funding on Hold to States
According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), incoming chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees - Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) and Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) - plan to wrap-up all outstanding funding bills for FY 2007 into one measure.
This move creates significant uncertainty for federal highway and transit investment as the transportation funding bill is one of the nine measures Congress did not enact in 2006. The programs are currently funded through February 15 at their FY 2006 levels. The Obey-Byrd plan indicates "limited adjustments" may be made, but does not identify which programs' funding could be modified.
As such, the funding increases guaranteed by the 2005 surface transportation program reauthorization law, SAFETEA-LU, $3.4 billion for highways and $474 million for transit, are in jeopardy.
ARTBA is working with key transportation congressional members and stakeholder groups to ensure the FY 2007 SAFETEA-LU-guaranteed funding levels are included in that measure. ARTBA has also distributed to congressional offices state-by-state charts detailing how much each state has to lose in terms of jobs and highway funds if the SAFETEA-LU guaranteed funding level is not met.
For more information, visit www.artba.org.
ASTEC ENTERS RETROFIT MARKET
Company launches offerings for aggregate/asphalt dryer burners
Astec Inc. is entering the aggregate/asphalt dryer burner retrofit market. Previously, Astec burners were only available on its aggregate/asphalt dryers. Astec launched its retrofit offerings with the new Phoenix Phantom at Teichert in Tracy, CA, and the new Phoenix Coal at United Co. in Grand Junction, CO. With the addition of these two burners, Astec now offers four burner lines, including the Whisper Jet and the Phoenix Talon.
Astec burners offer the latest in reliable burner technology combined with complete one-source responsibility. With new retrofit capabilities, Astec is able to offer everything from a simple burner replacement to a complete installed system.
Astec's burner group engineers the burners to the specifications of each customer and manufactures each in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Prior to shipment, each burner is tested on one of Astec's three tri-fuel (oil, gas and coal) test stands to ensure fast and easy start-up at installation.
Since entering the burner business in 2003, Astec has shipped over 200 burners for hot mix asphalt facilities.
STARRY JOINS WIRTGEN GROUP
Industry veteran will be technical development manager
Dale Starry has joined Wirtgen America Inc. as manager, technical development, for Hamm Compaction Division and Vögele America Inc. asphalt paver product lines.
Starry will be active in customer product outreach and training for Hamm asphalt and soil compactors and Vögele asphalt pavers.
Starry's more than 37 years of construction industry experience qualifies him for his work with Wirtgen Group. Most recently, since 1997, he worked at Ingersoll Rand Co. in compaction marketing management, mangement of the compaction service and warranty department, and management of product applications and training initiatives through the Ingersoll Rand Road Institute.
Before that, Starry worked 15 years with Bomag compaction equipment, where his responsibilities included product management and marketing services, as well as product training and new product development for soil stabilizers and a full line of hand-guided and ride-on equipment for HMA and soil compaction applications.
Prior to Bomag, he worked for Ingersoll Rand, beginning in 1974, as an applications engineer for its compaction division, later moving to soil compaction product management.
Starry began his career with the West Vigrinia State Road Commission following his graduation from college. Starry has spoken extensively on asphalt and compaction topics and has contributed to or authored numerous articles and white papers.