It must be the snow, or maybe it is the cold, but the holidays always seem to be a good time of year to pause for a moment and reflect on all that has transpired in the past year as we look forward to things to come in the New Year.
As I sit here and do the same for UAPA, I am astounded at everything our young association has accomplished in its second full year of official existence. While I will save a detailed report for our annual meeting at the Utah Asphalt Conference (February 26th-27th at the South Towne Expo Center), here are just a few of the highlights:
• UAPA, in successful partnership with the Utah Chapter of the APWA, completely revised and reworked the APWA specifications for clarity, continuity, and quality. These changes should make a significant difference in 2014 and beyond.
• UAPA, in successful partnership with the LDS Church, completely revised and reworked the Church’s specifications for clarity, continuity, and quality. Similar to the APWA specification changes, these changes should make a significant difference in 2014 and beyond.Thanks to the generous support of our members and others, UAPA successfully raised close to three thousand dollars for Make-A-Wish Utah to help make a wish come true for a Utah child battling a life-threatening illness.
• UAPA, through the concerted efforts of some of its members, has negotiated and worked with Questar Gas Company to mitigate the potential impacts of a significant rate increase to the cost of natural gas to our member companies and, more importantly, our customers.
• UAPA, in conjunction with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), has worked to provide a significant change to the 02741 Specification involving the introduction of more asphalt to mixes.
There will certainly be more to talk about at the annual meeting in February, but I hope this paints you a broad picture of an association that is actively working to make our industry and our community better. Challenges remain, and new opportunities will arise in 2014, yet I cannot help but be grateful for all of you and all you do for this association. Thanks for a great year in 2013! I look forward to working with you in 2014.
-W. Reed Ryan
The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association