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MITA Receives Three ARTBA Awards

Wednesday, September 21, 2005   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nancy Brown
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For Immediate Release

Contact: Mike Nystrom, 517-347-8336

Okemos, Mich.- Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) received three awards last week from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

MITA won Chapter Excellence Awards in two areas: training/education and public relations/education. In addition, the association was honored with a Mobilize Award for extraordinary grassroots legislative efforts. MITA members Tom Irwin, of H & D, Inc. (a division of Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.); and Rich Lehman, of Edw. C. Levy Co., accepted the awards on behalf of MITA at the ARTBA Annual Convention in Palm Beach, Fla.

“We have received many ARTBA awards in the past for excellence, but to receive three in one year is quite an honor and we are very pleased,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for MITA.

Bob Patzer, executive vice president of MITA, said that “as an association we strive for excellence, because we are passionate about serving our members' needs and representing their interests and concerns with the highest level of integrity.”

In the area of training/education, MITA was honored for its historic Best Practices Contract. After three years of negotiations, MITA and the major utilities in Michigan agreed on this contract which guides a safe and fair underground utility locating process.

For public relations/education, MITA received an award for the equally historic merger of Associated Underground Contractors (AUC) and Michigan Road Builders Association (MRBA). MITA was formed in February 2005 by the merger of these two associations.

Rich Juliano, ARTBA's vice president for chapter relations & grassroots programs, said MITA received the Mobilize Award particularly for its “tremendous turnout and activities during the April 2005 Washington, D.C. Fly-In.” The group urged Congress to pass legislation that would provide more equitable transportation funding for the state.

MITA represents the broad spectrum of heavy/highway construction companies that help build a better transportation and underground infrastructure in Michigan. ARTBA is the consensus voice of the U.S. transportation construction industry in Washington, D.C.

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