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Steve Jackson, West Contracting's Technical Manager, Earns PE License

Steve Jackson, P.E., received his professional engineering license certificate at a special ceremony held in the state's capitol rotunda in Jefferson City, MO. Jackson, along with 13 other newly licensed professionals, was recognized by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers for his accomplishment.

Jackson serves as technical manager for NB West Contracting Co. He oversees mix design, quality control, environmental monitoring and permit compliance, and other operations at the St. Louis-based company's three asphalt plants in Sullivan, Pacific and House Springs, MO. Additionally, he is responsible for the company's recycling efforts as one of the state's leaders in the reuse of asphalt pavement and asphalt shingles. He joined the company in 2007, and has been involved in the construction and paving industry for more than two decades.

Jackson received his degrees in civil engineering and economics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Besides his degree from an accredited program, his designation as a professional engineer required passage of an eight-hour examination on the fundamentals of engineering, four years of engineering work experience and a second eight-hour exam on the principles and practice of engineering.

Jackson highlights the accomplishments of NB West Contracting on the incorporation of recycled asphalt shingles and recycled asphalt pavements in energy-saving warm mix asphalt by speaking at conferences throughout the United States. He also is involved in several industry and state associations.

Thin Overlay Restores Route 30 (pdf – 536kb)

West Contracting installed a bonded, dense graded, warm mix superpave to 11 miles of Route 30 in Jefferson County, Missouri with new Spray Paver technology. This project won a 2012 MAPA award and was featured as the cover story in the 2013 Asphalt Pavement Magazine.

Ultrathin WMA Gives Missouri Smooth Fix(pdf – 1.7mb)

West Contracting proposed and carried out a method of pavement repair and resurfacing that provided a smooth asphalt finish while saving the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) money. Asphalt Pro magazine details the innovative solution for the heavily traveled Route 100 in Franklin County.

Asphalt Shingles Find New Life in Asphalt Pavements

The March 2011 issue of Asphalt, the magazine published by the Asphalt Institute, highlighted the use of recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) in asphalt pavements. Steve Jackson, manager of West Contracting's three asphalt plants, weighs in on the company's success with the use of RAS. Jackson also details the importance of working with government agencies to explain the benefits of using shingles in asphalt mixes. "We've developed good communication between all parties," Jackson says. "Missouri is one of the top users of recycled shingles in the U.S. The state is looking at using 48,000 tons of shingles on state road work in 2011." Read more here.

Even the Asphalt Industry Wants to Stop Smoking (pdf – 979kb)

NB West Contracting is doing its part to capture blue smoke while making its asphalt plants more environmentally friendly. Steve Jackson, manager of our plants, discussed the methods used at West Contracting's three asphalt plants in the January 2011 issue of Asphalt Pro.

NB West Exemplifies Environmental Excellence (pdf – 3.1mb)

The Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) highlighted NB West Contracting's commitment to the environment in its Fall 2010 edition. MAPA praised West for initiating green technologies that provide cutting-edge Superpave asphalt pavement. This mix was the first time MoDOT allowed recycled shingles to be used in a Superpave asphalt.

NB West Mixes the Recycle Options for Missouri (pdf – 1.1mb)

The August/September 2010 issue of Asphalt Pro features our innovative green pavement technologies being installed throughout Missouri. Additionally, out of more than a dozen Missouri contractors now using recycled products in their asphalt mix designs, MoDOT selected West Contracting as the spokesman for video reports highlighting MoDOT's green methods.

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