Duval Asphalt Wins National Award for Ecological Operations – July 2014
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today that Duval Asphalt Products Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla. is a winner of a 2013 Ecological Award. The award is sponsored by Roads & Bridges magazine. The company was recognized Monday, July 14 at a ceremony recognizing the Operational Excellence Award recipients during the NAPA Midyear Meeting in Nashville.
“Through the creation of five Operational Excellence Award categories: Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation, Community Involvement, Ecological, Outstanding Brochure, and Outstanding Website; the Awards Committee established a blueprint for excellence — detailing the aspects that make for successful businesses,” stated Jim Mitchell, Chairman of the Awards Committee.
The Ecological Award recognizes asphalt plants whose streamlined production facilities improved productivity and safety. The goal was to demonstrate the asphalt industry’s concern for environmental issues, the practical methods that we have undertaken in order to promote environmental stewardship within our companies, and emphasize the inherent recyclability of our product.
Duval Asphalt Product Inc.’s Plant #2 is the company’s headquarters. As a good community member, as well as a business that follows ecological best practices, Duval Asphalt Products keeps its facilities clean, beautiful, and as noise sensitive as possible.
Located in Florida, the company has planted more than 100 palm trees, and native plants and grasses on its site. The use of native plants reduces water consumption, as well as the need for pesticides and fungicides.
“We place a great deal of emphasis on maintaining a facility that is esthetically pleasing, as well as environmentally sensitive,” Duval Asphalt Products Director of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Ragsdale said. In addition to its commitment to landscape with native plants, in 2013, the company repainted its silos, and repainted and remodeled its scalehouse. The plant is repainted every two years to ensure it looks clean and community-friendly.
On the ecological front, Duval Asphalt Products has daily inspections to ensure environmental compliance and regularly tests its baghouse emissions. The company has developed and implemented a stormwater prevention plan (SWPP) and a spill prevention control and countermeasure plan. “In keeping with the guidelines for our SWPP program, we conduct water sampling quarterly and all spill out points have oil booms in place to catch all contamination from surface run-off,” Ragsdale said.
In addition, Duval controls dust by washing down all pavement daily, as well as the regular cleaning of equipment and structures. The company also has placed water nozzles in the discharge chute of the drag-slat conveyor to quench the dust during start-up and shut-down.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.