Hot Mix: Pavement News January 2023

A round-up of recent news, business moves and events impacting the pavement maintenance industry.

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BROCK Announces Lance Clark as Regional Sales Manager – Southwest

BROCK, a leading supplier of equipment, parts, and on-site construction services for hot mix asphalt plants, announced Lance Clark as its new Regional Sales Manager – Southwest. He takes over the states previously covered by Sales Representative Phil Hoffman who will be helping Mr. Clark as he transitions into the area. Mr. Clark’s territory includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In his role he will be responsible for providing outstanding customer service while selling BROCK equipment, parts, and on-site construction services in the territory. 

Mr. Clark has over 16 years of successful engineering and sales experience in the hot mix asphalt equipment industry. He came to BROCK in 2021 after several years with Astec Industries to help develop the BROCK line-up of quality hot oil heaters and liquid asphalt storage tanks.

Commenting on the announcement Ben Brock, President and CEO of BROCK, said, “We are pleased to announce Lance as our Regional Sales Manager – Southwest Territory. Lance has been successful at all points of his career, with some of it in sales covering the area he now covers for BROCK. Many of the customers in the territory already know Lance, and we are excited to have him back in the field serving them with BROCK. We have already had remarkable success in the territory thanks to Phil Hoffman, and we are excited about our future in the territory with Lance.”


Texas First Rentals, a division of HOLT, announced that it acquired Rental One, a full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a complete line of construction equipment and supplies in 15 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Central Texas regions.

Texas First Rentals, a construction equipment rental company, offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment. The equipment Texas First Rentals provides includes boom lifts, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment.

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“Rental One is an excellent strategic and cultural fit that complements our existing products and services,” said CEO and General Manager of HOLT, Peter J. Holt. “More importantly, Rental One is a multi-generational, family-owned Texas company. As a family-owned business ourselves, we know the value of such an organization and what that means to our customers.” 

Rental One, founded in 2004 in Colleyville, Texas, with equipment rental roots going back to the 1950s, is a family-owned, full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a full line of well-maintained, quality construction equipment and concrete, safety, erosion control and construction supplies throughout its locations. 

“Our team has worked to build a successful business with meaningful relationships that span three generations,” said Rental One President Mike O’Neal. “Our customers will benefit from a broader range of products and combined expertise as we join the Texas First Rentals team. We continue to be committed to providing customers with the best equipment and reliable service they have grown to know.”

With this acquisition, the 300 current Rental One employees, including the leadership team, will become employees of Texas First Rentals and will continue to operate from current Rental One locations.  

“I’m confident joining a values-based organization is a positive move for us all.” said O’Neal. “We look forward to collaborating with the Texas First Rentals team to build upon our mutual success.”

This acquisition will allow Texas First Rentals to expand its presence to a total of 40 locations in highly attractive regions poised for future growth. For more information about the products and services available through Texas First Rentals, visit

Felling Trailers Appoints Klimek as Quality Assurance Manager

Felling Trailers Inc.recently appointed Dan Klimek to the role of Quality Assurance Manager over both production facilities (Sauk Centre and Litchfield, MN). Along with Quality Management, he will oversee weld production for the Litchfield manufacturing facility as the Production Manager. As the Quality Assurance Manager, Dan will continue developing, directing, controlling, and managing the installation and maintenance of the company's quality assurance programs. Felling Trailers, Inc. originally obtained its ISO 9001 Certification for Quality Management in 2017 and continues to maintain certification.

Dan and his team of Quality Assurance Inspectors work diligently to ensure that all stages of the build process meet company quality standards to provide a final product that will exceed the customers' expectations. In the role of Litchfield Production Manager, he will work with the production team to implement new processes and technologies to reduce lead time and increase team productivity.

Klimek brings over 30 years of manufacturing, quality control systems, and processes to his position. Before accepting the Quality Assurance and Production Manager positions with Felling Trailers, Dan held a similar collection of roles with Polar Tank Trailers, LLC (Ople, MN) for over a decade. Most recently, he was the General Manager for Polar Tank Trailers’ Minnesota Trailer Operations (Production Manager and Quality Manager) for the last six years.

“Dan brings an extensive background in quality control and lean manufacturing. We are excited to have him as part of the Felling Trailers’ team and to see the positive impact he will bring to our production and quality assurance processes,” said Brenda Jennissen, CEO/Co-Owner Felling Trailers.

“To be able to add an individual of Dan’s class and expertise is a huge win for Felling Trailers, I look forward to working with him.” said Paul Radjenovich, VP of Operations.

“I am glad to be a part of the company in production and quality assurance capacities. I look forward to the journey ahead along with the challenges and successes it will bring,” said Dan.

Ryvit to Accelerate and Expand Trimble's Connected Construction Workflows

Trimble has acquired Ryvit, an integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) provider for the construction industry. Launched in 2016, Ryvit builds connections between commonly used applications and data sources, enabling information sharing both within and across organizations so that project teams can use the right information to make the right decisions at the right time. 

“The construction industry today is stymied by disparate data and technology solutions that don’t connect with one another, making it difficult to share information across departments and amongst project teams,” said Pete Large, senior vice president, Trimble Construction sector. “Ryvit provides a platform for software solution providers and construction stakeholders to rapidly build and deploy workflows, enabling the automatic flow of critical information across organizations and teams in real time. Openness and interoperability are imperative to the future of the construction industry and we are excited to extend Ryvit’s capabilities to more customers, applications and partners as we move the construction industry forward.” 

Providing integrations that process millions of data records daily between different construction technology partners, Ryvit helps customers seamlessly integrate their data and coordinate their workflows for greater project visibility. All current Ryvit integrations are valuable components to an open, extensible ecosystem. These integrations will continue to be supported as part of Trimble Construction One, with the primary offerings from Ryvit undergoing a rebrand to Data Xchange and App Xchange. Data Xchange represents the contractor tools that allow end users to configure and manage their data flows between connected systems. App Xchange serves as the developer’s command center for connecting systems, building pre-configured dataflows, and onboarding new customers. 

Ryvit has been relentlessly focused on transforming the construction industry into a more productive and profitable industry powered by data,” said Tom Stemm, chief executive officer of Ryvit. "Over the past seven years, we’ve done this by building a platform that connects data between some of the industry’s largest technology providers to improve efficiency and streamline workflows for construction. Trimble is similarly focused on becoming an industry-leading open platform provider so this acquisition is a perfect match for both companies, who share a similar mission and vision for the industries we serve.”

Ryvit expands the capabilities of Trimble Construction One, a connected, cloud-based construction management platform that drives speed, efficiency and accuracy at each phase of the construction project lifecycle. Using Trimble Construction One, customers can leverage a purpose-built platform that provides the level of visibility needed—and previously hard to gain—on real-time project status and cash flow, leading to more confident project delivery overall.

Trimble Construction One is built on the notion that connected, unified data is the future because it enables the industry to build projects better, faster, safer, cheaper and greener,” said Large. “The addition of Ryvit accelerates this notion even further by providing capabilities that will be supplied, supported and expanded upon more quickly given the collective strength of both organizations.”