2015 Clarkson Scholarship WinnerClarkson University’s Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program has awarded the 2014-15 Ruston Paving Scholarship to a civil engineering student.

Jacob Bohnert ’16 of Sherburne, N.Y., was selected for his academic achievements and student involvement throughout campus. He serves as the captain of the Steel Bridge Team, which is part of Clarkson’s Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) program.

“The satisfaction I felt knowing that someone understands and respects the time and effort put into my studies is irreplaceable, and provides the motivation to achieve greater,” Bohnert said. “A Ruston Paving Scholarship is more than a monetary value — it’s a step toward the future for an internship or the beginning of a career.”

Lang Butler, vice president of Ruston Paving, said Bohnert stood out as an applicant for his direct interest in the paving industry and his hands-on internship experiences.

“Mr. Bohnert is the kind of candidate that represents our vision for our scholarship recipient,” he said.

Ruston Paving, a commercial and industrial asphalt paving and site work contractor, supports the Construction Engineering Management program at Clarkson through financial and other means.  The professional concentration in Construction Engineering Management is available to civil engineering students to focus their electives on courses pertinent to the field of construction engineering management.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

A special note of thanks to Annie Harrison, Clarkson University’s social media manager, who put together the press release.

Pictured from left to right:  Erik C. Backus, Director of CEM; Jeff Pawlicki, Division Manager, Ruston Paving; Jacob Bohnert, Clarkson Student BSCE ’16; Don Barry, Director of Business Development, Ruston Paving; and Spencer Thew, Adjunct Associate Professor, CEM.

May 202014

Here at Ruston Paving, we’ve had the pleasure of recognizing several of our employees this month who have been with us for a number of years.  Pictured below on the left (then moving clockwise), Oscar Brizuela recently celebrated his 5th year with us.  Ben Miller, our division manager in Manassas, was only too happy to heap praise on Oscar saying he’s a multi-faceted worker who has been crucial in helping our northern Virginia operations to grow.  Jason “Hawk” Lewis was also acknowledged for his 5 years of service.  His ability to drive truck,  operate equipment, or put his boots to work on the ground make his a tremendous asset to the company.  RJ Haley was trying hard to contain his enthusiasm as he was congratulated by Tom Nelson, our division manager in Syracuse, for achieving his 10 year anniversary.  Always quick to volunteer to help out other offices, RJ has taken on a leadership role as of late as he manages the crew that travels extensively to service the CSX Railroad Crossings projects.  Lastly, Dave Richardson was recognized for hitting the 20 year mark!  Sarge, as he’s affectionately known, began his career with us as a paving crew laborer and came up through the ranks to his current position as superintendent of our Syracuse operations.  Dave also wears the hat of director of paving operations and is always willing to do whatever he can to accomplish the mission - DR bleeds Ruston blue!

Thanks to all of you for your many years of service!!

May 2014 Service Awards


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Our Durham division recently brought all its employees together for a special meeting to formally start the 2014 season.  During the meeting, Mark Ruston presented Ruston Paving’s 2013 Project Manager of the Year.  Other awards were given out by Mark Rogers, our NC Regional Manager, to various employees who stood out last year.  Award recipients were given custom golf shirts to commemorate their achievements.  Congratulations to all on a fantastic 2013 season and best of luck in 2014!

Project Manager of the YearAward Recipients

Public SpeakerCongrats are in order for two Ruston Paving employees. Ben Mallalieu, project manager,  and Tim McConnell, pavement and soils specialist, are our most recent graduates of the Dale Carnegie “Skills for Success” program. The famous Dale Carnegie course is focused on mastering organizational communication skills for the business world. This is another great accomplishment on their already shining resumes. Congratulations!

Tom Nelson 20 Year AwardTypically, an employee who has been with Ruston Paving for 20 years is presented with a watch to commemorate the milestone.  For Tom Nelson, our Syracuse division manager and resident wise old sage, a sundial was a more appropriate gift.

When Tom started with the company, Syracuse was our only division.  Throughout his tenure, Tom has been an integral part of the company’s success, earning recognition such as Project Manager of the Year.  Flanking Tom in this picture are Mark Ruston, president of Ruston Paving, and Don Clark, our chief operating officer.

Thanks for your tireless years of service, Tom!

RDU May Service AwardsRDU June Service Awards

Four employees in our Durham division were recently recognized for their many years of service with Ruston Paving.  Pictured on the left between Dennis Lougee (superintendent) and Mark Rogers (NC regional manager), Reynaldo Bonilla received a mug set to mark his 10 year anniversary while Jeff Whaley received a leather jacket to commemorate his 15 years of service.  To the right, Tony Pettiford and Jerome Smith accept their tokens of appreciation for their 10 years of service.

All of these gentlemen are a tremendous asset to our company and continue to lead by example.

Thanks so much for your tireless efforts.

NC Kick Off PartyOur Durham division recently held a Kick-Off Party at its shop to recognize the accomplishments from the 2011 season and set the tone for the current 2012 season.  Mark Rogers, Ruston Paving’s NC regional manager, along with Dennis Lougee, general superintendent of our Durham division, hosted the event. One highlight was the recognition of all our employees who worked the entire 2011 season without sustaining an accident or safety violation.  In keeping with a sports theme, other notable awards given out were Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Comeback Player of the Year.  Our continued effort to complete jobs safely while maintaining a high level of quality was also stressed.  Best of luck to all our crews this year!

TBJ Green Award

Ruston Paving is honored to have received the Triangle Business Journal’s 2011 Green Award for the Green Marketing Program of the Year.  The Green Awards serve to recognize those in the Triangle region of North Carolina who have successfully incorporated environmentally sustainable practices into their businesses and in their communities.

Green Awards ArticleOur promotion of the green construction processes of full depth reclamation and soil stabilization with Portland cement will help sustain our earth’s natural resources for future generations.  By rehabilitating the existing infrastructure on-site, we are able to conserve energy and raw materials while saving money for our clients.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more about these eco-friendly processes.


Most Reliable Contractor Award PresentationMost Reliable Contractor Award

Ruston Paving was named The Most Reliable Subcontractor for 2011 by Toll Brothers Raleigh Division at their Trade Partner Appreciation Luncheon.  Jory Alteri, senior project manager is shown here receiving the award from Bobby Schooly, vice president of Toll Brothers Land Development Raleigh Division.  Toll Brothers is a national home builder and prides itself on being “America’s Luxury Home BuilderTM“.  Toll Brothers has worked closely with Ruston Paving since 2001.  In just the past year, Ruston Paving has been involved in numerous projects including Brier Creek Country Club, Oaks at Meadowridge, The Manors, Hill at Southpoint, The Woodlands, and Hasentree Country Club.  Congratulations to Jory and all of the crews that have worked on these projects over the years.

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