Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24G Gerken Paving Inc. places about 800,000 tons of asphalt annually for roads and other projects in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. But quality paving is far more important to the company than the volume of asphalt laid, said Dean Breese, vice president. “We instill in our paving foremen that we would rather lay mat correctly than fast. We put far more emphasis on doing it right than seeing how much we can do.” The company has a reputation for quality paving work, and every year it wins awards from Flexible Pavements of Ohio and other organizations. “We are proud of all the awards,” Breese said, “but even more than that, the thing that gives us the most pride is when people we work for—because we were the low bid— tell us they are glad we got the contract.” In addition to encouraging quality work, Gerken backs its people by giving them the best equipment and technology available. When it comes to pavers, Gerken believes that Roadtec equipment is the best it can buy. In just three years the company has essentially switched its fleet to Roadtec pavers. (The last non-Roadtec paver will be replaced with a Roadtec soon, Breese said.) Gerken purchased its first Roadtec paver in 2014. “We Gerken Paving Inc. A HOT MIX OF PEDIGREE, COMMITMEN PAVING DIVISION “We instill in our paving foremen that we would rather lay mat correctly than fast.” Dean Breese; VP, Gerken Paving Inc. 12 Gerken’s Brian Joy operates a Roadtec RP-190e on an ODOT 234 I-75 project just south of OH582 in Wood County. Gerken’s portion of the project is valued at $8.7 million. The Toledo/Findlay corridor widening is scheduled for completion in September 2017.