Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida
The Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida (ACAF, Inc.) was founded in 1957 by a group of larger asphalt companies, with membership reserved for those firms owning and operating an asphalt plant.
However, the Association was not formed to engage directly in efforts to increase sales, but rather to promote overall improved quality of asphalt pavement. Upgrading specifications through the Florida State Road Board (the forerunner of today’s Florida Department of Transportation) was believed to be the way to eventually increase demand and the quantity of asphalt used to pave highways and streets. One of the first actions of the new Association board was to create a specifications committee.
As a result of these early efforts to urge high quality asphalt specifications and equipment, Florida developed a reputation as having among the best asphalt pavement specifications in the nation.
For five decades ACAF has been the voice of the Asphalt industry in Florida working daily with the State Road Board, and later the Florida Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Governor and Legislature.
The Association’s offices, located in Tallahassee, Florida, enable it to work closely with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration as well as other industry associations.
The Association has worked tirelessly to keep its members informed on laws and policies that impact the industry and also keeps them up to date on trends and techniques in the world of asphalt production and paving.
ACAF also works with state and local governments to promote efficient use of tax dollars in the construction and maintenance of the highest quality pavement materials and workmanship for highways, streets, parking lots, airports, trails and driveways.
The Association belongs to the statewide transportation advocacy organization Floridians for Better Transportation which includes a broad array of business, trade, commerce and other nonprofit groups working on Florida’s transportation challenges.
ACAF is a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), located in Lanham, MD. Association staff and members participate on national task forces and committees working with Congress and providing input on plant operations, paving advances, environmental issues, funding and legislative issues impacting the industry.
ACAF works closely with FDOT to formulate specifications for Asphalt and construction techniques that improve the quality of the Asphalt and are reasonable and constructible. Along with technical assistance, staff provides quality construction training, technical support, and in-house training upon request. ACAF is an active participant in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects and works closely with the National Center of Asphalt Technology (NCAT).
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the state highway system of Florida contains 42,541 lane miles and approximately 96 percent of Florida’s roads are asphalt pavement.
Florida has 129 asphalt plants according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection which issues permits for the facilities.
For more information please contact ACAF:
1007 E. DeSoto Park Drive, Suite 201
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Web page: www.FloridaRidesOnUs.org