Dr. J. Don Brock
Dr. J. Don Brock, founded Astec Industries in 1972, creating a company that “builds the equipment that moves America and the world from rock-to-road and beneath.” The pioneering products and technologies he personally developed—he secured more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents on construction machinery and drying equipment— have touch virtually every phase of road building and related construction activity. In the process, he helped make our roads and equipment safer and more efficient, durable, environment friendly and profitable.
Today, Astec Industries is America’s leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, pipeline and utility trenching, oil, gas and water well drilling and wood processing, offering more than 200 products. Brock was executive chairman of the Astec board of directors when he died in 2015.
In 2012, the ARTBA Foundation’s TransOvation™ workshop and awards program were renamed in his honor. The event was created for the specific purposes of fostering innovative thinking within the transportation design and construction industry and publicly recognizing its proven innovators. The name plays off the meanings of three words—“transportation,” “innovation” and “ovation.” It includes an annual two-and-a-half day workshop led by world-renowned innovators from both within and outside our industry and an annual awards program.