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  • 19 Mar 2014 11:25 AM | Edward Moses (Administrator)
    From Mike King Kansas Secretary of Transportation:

    We appreciate the ongoing help and support of our partners in raising awareness and improving safety in work zones and wanted to give you advanced notice of our upcoming activities as part of the annual National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 7-11.


    There are several ways you can get involved:

    ---ORANGE PHOTOS--- – send us photos of people going orange - whether it’s selfies or group shots, just highlight the orange! (Check out the photos below).  Please include the organization/person’s name and town/location.

    ---SAFETY BLOGS--- – Check our KDOT Blogspot page here each day starting April 7 during NWZAW for safety blogs from highway workers, contractors and others. Please make comments!

    ---SOCIAL MEDIA---- Check our Facebook page daily here. Also, feel free to place links on your organization’s web pages to our work zone safety information – we will have a logo and link on our main KDOT page, www.ksdot.orgstarting April 7 you can link to or tweet about – the more people who see the safety information, the better!

    ---NEWS CONFERENCE--- – Our statewide work zone safety news conference will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at KDOT’s Area Four office at I-70/Gage in Topeka. Our partners are invited to attend.

    --ORANGE BUILDINGS --- The Governor’s Mansion, the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge, the inside of the Visitor’s Center at the Capitol, the Eisenhower State Office Building and KDOT’s District offices in Topeka, Salina, Norton, Chanute, Hutchinson and Garden City will all be lit up in orange this week! If you turn a building or other structure orange, send us a photo!




    Thanks for your continued support!

  • 11 Mar 2014 3:31 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)
    Please click on the brochure below to see a PDF of the information about Kansas CMV and US DOT numbers related to registration. 

  • 07 Mar 2014 2:48 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)
    RALEIGH, N.C. & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM) and Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Martin Marietta will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Texas Industries common stock in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Texas Industries shareholders will receive 0.700 Martin Marietta shares for each share of Texas Industries common stock they own at closing. Based on the closing market prices for the shares of both companies on January 27, 2014, and their debt levels as of their most recently completed quarters, the combined company will have an enterprise value of approximately $8.5 billion.

    The combination will create a market leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with low-cost, vertically integrated aggregate and targeted cement operations. With greater geographic and product diversity and a leading distribution network, the combined company will have uniquely positioned assets across some of the nation's largest and fastest growing geographies, such as Texas and California. As market conditions improve, the combined company will be well-positioned for long-term growth, with a network in excess of 400 quarries, mines, distribution yards and plants spanning 36 states, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. With a significant increase in scale and the potential to achieve substantial synergies, the combined company will seek to grow faster and more efficiently than either Martin Marietta or Texas Industries could on a standalone basis.

    Based on the closing stock price for Martin Marietta on January 27, 2014, this consideration would be equivalent to $71.95 of Martin Marietta stock for each Texas Industries share. The exchange ratio represents a 13 percent premium to the average exchange ratio implied by the closing prices of Martin Marietta's and Texas Industries' shares during the last 90 days, and an over 15 percent premium to the exchange ratio implied by the respective closing stock prices on December 12, 2013, the day prior to market speculation of a potential transaction. The transaction reflects an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion, including the assumption of $0.7 billion of Texas Industries' debt. Upon closing of the transaction, Martin Marietta shareholders are expected to own approximately 69 percent, and Texas Industries shareholders are expected to own approximately 31 percent, of the combined company. The companies expect the transaction to be immediately accretive to Martin Marietta's earnings per share in 2014, assuming refinancing of Texas Industries' outstanding debt at or around the closing of the merger and excluding one-time costs.

    Ward Nye, Martin Marietta's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "By uniting Martin Marietta's and Texas Industries' complementary assets and leveraging an expanded geographic footprint, we will be even better-positioned to deliver value to our shareholders and customers. Texas Industries' aggregates operations are strategically located in high growth markets and fit well into our existing portfolio, and its cement operations will further diversify our product and customer mix. Through the significant investments Texas Industries has made in plant modernization and capacity expansion, it has achieved leading positions in some of the nation's highest growth markets while maintaining a low cost profile. As a result of this combination, we will be poised to capitalize on the strength of our combined aggregates platform as well as the significant upside potential in the infrastructure, residential and nonresidential construction segments. We are confident that combining our companies will accelerate our ability to increase sales and cash flow and improve margins. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to quickly realizing the benefits of this transaction."

    Mel Brekhus, Texas Industries' President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Combining with Martin Marietta represents a unique opportunity to create a more competitive company with a solid, diversified portfolio of assets, enhanced credit profile and a strong balance sheet. We are confident that we have found the right partner. This combination will advance our growth objectives, deliver significant value to all of our stakeholders, and allow shareholders to participate in the combined company's potential growth and value creation. In addition, we are pleased that, through this combination, our shareholders will enjoy a strong dividend distribution. This transaction will create a larger, stronger entity with enhanced career and professional development opportunities for employees. I look forward to working closely with Ward and the proven management teams of both companies to complete the transaction quickly and to ensure a smooth transition."

    Strategic and Financial Benefits of Transaction

    The Leader in the U.S. Aggregates Business: Martin Marietta will become the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, supplying the crushed stone, sand and gravel used to build the roads, sidewalks and foundations on which Americans live. The addition of Texas Industries will add approximately 800 million tons of aggregates reserves, bringing the total to over 13.5 billion tons. Texas Industries shipped nearly 15 million tons of sand, gravel and crushed stone during fiscal year 2013. Texas Industries is a major supplier of aggregates in high-growth markets such as Texas, and has long-focused on the synergies available from operating in aggregates as well as cement and ready-mix.

    Increased Scale, Enhanced Growth Exposure and Vertical Integration in Select Markets: With vertically integrated operations across aggregates and targeted cement, the combined company is expected to be even more competitive. Texas Industries increases Martin Marietta's presence in the Southwest, with state-of-the-art cement production facilities concentrated primarily in Texas and California - two of the largest and fastest growing markets for construction materials in the United States. The increased scale and geographic diversity resulting from this transaction will provide a broader set of opportunities for organic and inorganic growth. In addition, select vertical integration will improve distribution and transportation costs, diversify end-markets and drive other value enhancing efficiencies. The combined company will also have an outstanding asset base that can deliver superior product offerings and service to customers.

    Significant Synergy Opportunities: The transaction is expected to generate approximately $70 million of annual pre-tax synergies by calendar year 2017, which would correspond to over $500 million total value creation for shareholders. Key drivers of these synergies include the consolidation of corporate overhead and duplicate functions, enhanced revenue opportunities and increased operational efficiencies through the adoption of best practices and capabilities from each company.

    Incremental Value Creation through Utilization of NOLs and Potential Real Estate Divestitures: Martin Marietta expects to be able to utilize Texas Industries' more than $400 million in existing NOLs over the next few years. In addition, the companies believe that there is an opportunity to realize incremental value from the expected divestiture of identified non-operating real estate assets.

    Financial Strength and Flexibility: The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Martin Marietta's earnings per share in 2014, assuming refinancing of Texas Industries' outstanding debt at or around the closing of the merger and excluding one-time costs. Martin Marietta expects that at the closing of the merger the combined company will maintain its strong existing credit ratings and have pro forma leverage of less than 3.0 times EBITDA for the 12 months ended December 31, 2014. The combined company will continue to adhere to Martin Marietta's strict operational and financial discipline and, with improved access to capital, will be well-positioned to pursue a wide range of attractive growth opportunities to continue delivering value to shareholders.

    Strong Balance Sheet with Solid Cash Flows and Meaningful Dividend: The combined company will maintain a strong balance sheet with significant cash flow, giving it the ability to pay a meaningful quarterly cash dividend. The combined company intends to maintain the dividend at Martin Marietta's current rate of $1.60 per Martin Marietta share annually, equivalent to $1.12 per Texas Industries share annually, based on the proposed exchange ratio.

    Enhanced Value for Customers: The size and scale of the combined company will enable Martin Marietta to provide even more value for customers. With a collective workforce of approximately 7,000 highly-skilled employees and a shared commitment to providing exceptional construction materials and the best service and solutions, the combined company will be even better equipped to serve its customers and communities.

    Greater Employee Opportunity: This combination creates an even stronger base of talent by uniting two highly-skilled workforces with a strong commitment to serving customers and communities. As part of a stronger, larger company, Martin Marietta and Texas Industries employees will benefit from greater career and professional development opportunities created by this transaction.

    Management, Board Composition and Headquarters

    After the close, the combined company, which will operate under the name Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., will be headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and will maintain a significant presence in Dallas.

    Ward Nye and the rest of the Martin Marietta executive team will lead the combined company. Top talent across the combined organization will be retained based on a "best athlete" approach.

    An individual jointly selected by Martin Marietta and Texas Industries will be appointed to the Martin Marietta Board of Directors.

    Timeline and Approvals

    The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the second quarter of 2014. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, including expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is also subject to the approval of Martin Marietta and Texas Industries shareholders.

    Texas Industries' two largest shareholders, representing approximately 51 percent of shares outstanding, have agreed to vote all of their shares (or in some limited circumstances, about 35 percent of the outstanding shares) of Texas Industries common stock in favor of the transaction.

    Martin Marietta Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Earnings Results

    In a separate press release issued today, Martin Marietta announced its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.


    J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Barclays are serving as Martin Marietta's financial advisors and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is serving as its legal advisor. Citigroup is serving as Texas Industries' financial advisor, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as its legal advisor.

    Conference Call and Webcast

    Martin Marietta and Texas Industries will host a joint conference call and online web simulcast today, January 28, 2014, at 8:30 am Eastern Time / 7:30 am Central Time to discuss this morning's transaction announcement and Martin Marietta's earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2013. It will be streamed live over Martin Marietta's website at www.martinmarietta.com and over Texas Industries' website at www.TXI.com. Interested parties can also access the call by dialing (866) 610-1072 (international: (973) 935-2840), and referencing code 51412630, 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. An online replay will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live broadcast.

    About Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

    Martin Marietta Materials is the nation's second largest producer of construction aggregates and a producer of magnesia-based chemicals and dolomitic lime. For more information about Martin Marietta Materials, refer to the Corporation's website at www.martinmarietta.com.

    About Texas Industries, Inc.

    TXI is the largest producer of cement in Texas and major cement producer in California. TXI is also a major supplier of construction aggregate, ready-mix concrete and concrete products. For more information about Texas Industries, refer to the Corporation's website at www.txi.com.

    Martin Marietta, Inc.
    Dana Guzzo, 919-783-4540
    Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Information Officer
    Texas Industries, Inc.
    T. Lesley Vines, Jr., 972-647-6722
    Corporate Controller & Treasurer

    Source: Martin Marietta, Inc.
  • 27 Feb 2014 4:32 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    Obama seeking $300B for roads
    By Nedra Pickler-Associated Press

    ST. PAUL, Minn. undefined President Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.

    Obama announced his plan at the Union Depot rail and bus station after touring a light rail maintenance facility. Funding for surface transportation programs expires later this year, and the White House says 700,000 jobs could be at risk unless Congress renews them.

    “At a time when companies are saying they intend to hire more people this year, we need to make that decision easier for them,” Obama said, by rebuilding aging transportation systems, power grids, communications networks and other projects that ease commerce.

    “The bottom line is there’s work to be done, workers ready to do it,” he said, adding that one of Congress‘ major responsibilities is to help states and cities pay for such projects.

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned Wednesday of a “transportation cliff” coming in August or September when the Highway Trust Fund, which finances federal highway and transit projects, is forecast to go broke.

    The trust fund will need an influx of $100 billion over the next six years just to maintain transportation spending levels. But Obama and Congress have been unwilling to raise federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes that have been the main source of federal transportation funding for decades.
  • 10 Feb 2014 3:03 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    Mid-State Materials, LLC wins 2013 Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award.

    Topeka, KAN. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback awarded the 2013 Governor’sMined Land Reclamation Award to Mid-State Materials, LLC of Lecompton, Kan. on January 17, 2014 at the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association meeting in Overland Park, Kan. This award is presented to companies that excel in implementing mined land reclamation and who convey a positive image of mining in Kansas.

    The reclaimed area of Big Spring Quarry covers 50 acres in Western Douglas County. Cole Anderson, Environmental Manager for Mid-State Materials, stated “that the intent of Mid-States Materials reclamation is to return the land to suitable use for agriculture, recreation and wildlife habitat.” A few of the completed projects were wildlife food plots, reintroduction of quail, and the construction of several ponds. 

    Mid-State Materials operates eight quarry locations in Northeast Kansas.  The Big Springs Quarry is a surface mine that extracts aggregate materials from the earth and manufactures high quality materials for the local construction industry. 

    For more information, contact Scott Carlson with the Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture at (785) 296-6803 or scott.carlson@kda.ks.gov.
  • 10 Feb 2014 2:52 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    The Kansas Aggregate Producers’ Association (KAPA) and Kansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association (KRMCA) presented their sixth Driver of the Year awards, January 17, 2014 in Overland Park, KS at the KAPA-KRMCA 47th Annual Joint Convention. Each recipient was awarded a $250 cash prize, recognition at the KAPA-KRMCA 46th Annual Joint Convention Awards Program, personal plaque and company plaque as well as a customized Driver of the Year bumper sticker to display on their trucks.

    Earl Krug

    Salina Concrete Products, Salina

    KRMCA Driver of the Year Winner

          Earl has been an employee of Salina Concrete Products (SCP) since May of 2009 and during his employment has proven to be an invaluable asset. Earl keeps his truck very clean due to attention to detail and work ethic.

          He is also very diligent in monitoring the quality of concrete in his truck, ensuring that customers get the highest quality concrete possible. Earl is a model employee representing SCP specifically and the Ready Mix industry in general when he is on and off the clock.

          Earl was nominated by his boss, Peter Browning, General Manager of Salina Concrete Products.

    James Ball

    Alsop Sand Co., Inc., Concordia

    KAPA Driver of the Year Winner

          Jim has been with Alsop Sand Co. for 17 years. He is the kind of driver that pays attention and looks after his truck. Jim is proactive in spotting problems in the early stages before they are safety risks and properly solves them.

          Taking pride in his job, Jim understands that without satisfied customers, everyone is out of a job. A truly qualified, well rounded employee, Jim is the kind of driver that all trucking companies wish they had more of.

    Jim was nominated by his boss, Dane Barclay, Owner of Alsop Sand Co., Inc.

          The Driver of the Year Award is a program that the Kansas Aggregate Producers’ Association & Kansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Safety & Environment Committee began in 2008 in an effort to recognize and acknowledge the great contribution that professional drivers make to our industry. The criterion that must be met by the candidate includes: 1) At least six months of employment, 2) Perfect attendance, 3) No drug/alcohol violations, 4) No at fault accidents, 5) No rejected/returned loads, 6) Good attitude regarding safety, and 7) Keep a well maintained truck from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.

  • 18 Dec 2013 10:46 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

  • 15 Oct 2013 9:30 AM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    Washburn Tech in Topeka, Kansas along with CASE Construction Equipment and The Victor L. Phillips Company held a grand opening celebration for their new heavy diesel construction technology program on Tuesday, October 8 on the Washburn Tech campus at 5724 S.W. Huntoon. The public-private partnership is preparing qualified diesel service technicians who are in high demand by the industry. Governor Sam Brownback was in attendance for the Ribbon Cutting along with the Topeka Chamber of Commerce and other local supporters.

    “The heavy diesel construction program is designed to provide qualified diesel service technicians to meet the demand currently experienced by equipment dealers and other service providers across the country,” says Clark Coco, dean of Washburn Tech. “With the collaboration and leadership of industry partners like CASE and VLP, we are providing a quality technical education and real-world experience that will transform students into valued employees with the necessary skills to drive the workforce and economy.”

    Both CASE Construction Equipment and The Victor L. Phillips Company, a CASE equipment dealer, donated equipment and expertise to the project. A total of 43 students are enrolled in the program which launched in August. A full-time student can complete the program in three semesters and earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Students also may complete an Associate of Science or more advanced degree at Washburn University.

  • 09 Sep 2013 3:43 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    The KAPA & KRMCA Joint Safety & Environment Committee annually sponsors the Driver of the Year award to recognize those drivers in our industry who are noted for their professionalism, courtesy and safety awareness. 


    We are calling for nominations from our membership for the KAPA Driver of the Year and KRMCA Driver of the Year. This award recognizes and acknowledges the great contribution that professional drivers make to our industry and to our state.


    The judging criterion for this award includes all drivers who have driven for at least 6 consecutive months covering the time period from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 are eligible. Contract drivers may be included in the program.


    This year’s winners will be honored and recognized at our annual meeting January 15-17, 2014, Overland Park Marriott, Overland Park, Kansas. In addition to this, the winners will receive a cash award of $250. This program is designed to promote safety and motivate your personnel. Make a nomination to represent your company!!


    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this program, please feel free to contact the association office at (785) 235-1188 or email aschuster@kapa-krmca.org.


    Submit your nominations at




  • 02 Aug 2013 2:52 PM | Amanda Schuster (Administrator)

    Early this morning, the  United StateCourt of Appeals issued their decision on the American Trucking Association appeal of  FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations which became effective July 1, 2013. This means the following:

    • 1.       There is no change to the 34-hour restart rule.
    • 2.       The 30-minute rest break rule does NOT apply to local, short haul drivers (100 air mile radius drivers), but DOES still apply to all drivers required to complete a logbook.
    Following is a link to the U.S. Court of Appeals document that you can access by clicking here

    KAPA-KRMCA will continue to keep you updated on this important issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (785) 235-1188.
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