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Elected October 1989

Jay S. Eaton

 

Following graduation from high school in Florida, Mr. Eaton began working in construction, operating various kinds of machinery and rising to the position of construction project supervisor. He later attended Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with a degree in industrial/Mechanical Engineering.

 

Following graduation, he went to work as a Service Engineer, delivering new construction machinery (including Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) and concrete facilities), then became a Sales Engineer. His firsr venture into entrepreneurship came in 1958, when he took over a struggling HMA operation he later incorporated as Dixie Asphalt Company in West Palm Beach, Florida. Beginning with the sales of $60,000 in the first year, in the next 25 years the company went to over twenty million dollars in sales and had manufacturing operation in Orlando, Ft. Pierce, Deerfield Beach and the West Palm Beach site, plus portable and drum mix operations. This company processed several million square yards of the first HMA pavement materials recycling done in Florida. He sold the firm in 1983 and retired from the Industry.

 

Mr. Eaton was a pioneer in the heated storage of Hot Mix Asphalt. He developed both ground-level and elevated silo storage units at a time when it was widely thought HMA could not effectively be stored. He also was instrumental in developing drag flight and bucket elevation systems for conveying HMA into silo storage units. He later made presentations before several national organizations on his developments and traveled extensively throughout the country promoting his concepts which aided in the later development of HMA mixing procedures, storage and materials recycling.

 

He served on the Board of governers of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and was active in committee work. He was also active in the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, the Florida Transportation Builders Association, and the Associated General Contractors of Florida. In 1968, he received the Industry Recognition Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Assocaition for his developmental work in Hot Mix Asphalt Storage.

 

An active Shriner and Mason, he has also been active for over thirty years on committees and the Board of Directors of the Unity of the Palm Beaches Church.