Boise Native Brings SealMaster Manufacturing, Distribution to Idaho

One-Stop Source for Pavement Maintenance Supplies and Equipment – Boise, Idaho—SealMaster, a leading global supplier of pavement maintenance supplies and equipment, has opened a manufacturing plant, distribution center, and retail showroom at 6438 S. Supply Way in Boise, Idaho. After purchasing the rights to the SealMaster franchise territory that serves all of Idaho, third-generation Boise native Kevin McEntee opened for business in June. His location is among more than 100 privately owned SealMaster manufacturing and/or distribution sites nationwide.

SealMaster franchise owners manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment, including crack sealants, pavement repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. Franchises also drop off and pick up job-site sealer tanks and rent and service equipment. The brand is widely known for introducing franchising to pavement maintenance sourcing by standardizing quality, support, services, and practices that “transformed an ugly duckling industry into a swan,” according to Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine.

SealMaster products are used on roads, parking lots, airport pavements, park pathways, highway shoulders, and other pavements. Customers include public agencies responsible for maintaining their communities’ pavements, private and public property owners and institutions, and pavement maintenance contractors, among others.

With his sights set on owning a business he could establish and operate in Boise, McEntee researched a number of entrepreneurial opportunities. After several meetings with SealMaster franchise representatives, he determined a SealMaster franchise was the perfect fit for Idaho. “I researched the pavement maintenance and preservation market for two years and saw how so many contractors were related, directly or indirectly, with pavement maintenance.”

Having the business based in Boise was a critical point for the third generation Idahoan. “It’s an important place to me and I love the idea of supplying locally produced products,” he says. “In search for consistency and quality, many contractors are sourcing products from all over the Western U.S.   We look forward to becoming a local solution for them.   Also, I look forward to becoming involved in a variety of community causes and providing cost-saving solutions to our Idaho municipalities and school districts.”

McEntee says Idaho road maintenance agencies are in step with the nationwide trend of preserving paved assets. “When people have available quality, consistent products that perform well, it’s an extremely good value to preserve pavement—a substantial capital asset,” he asserts. “Idaho’s harsh winters really underscore that strategy. It’s the approach of protecting investments and increasing the service life of asphalt.”

SealMaster’s leadership in the pavement maintenance industry is important to McEntee, he says, noting he wanted to be associated with a highly regarded national brand. “We have high quality products, scale, and service that make it easier for our customers to do business with us,” he says. Liquid Road, for instance, is a bituminous surface treatment that lasts three times longer than traditional sealcoat. It is viewed more as a capital investment than a maintenance expense.”

“One size does not fit all when it comes to pavement maintenance and preservation,” McEntee notes. The condition of the pavement indicates what’s needed to preserve it and when that should occur, he says. It’s more cost-effective to keep good pavement in good condition rather than to allow it to deteriorate, McEntee asserts. “Costs to repair and replace pavement in bad condition are six to 10 times more expensive than routine maintenance, which can extend the useful life of pavement by decades,” he says.

With the SealMaster manufacturing plant and distribution center up and running, McEntee says, “I’m very excited to be a part of the business community. We now employ six people and as we grow, we’ll create more jobs throughout the state.” McEntee also notes SealMaster is known for helping contractors grow their businesses. Their contributions to the economy and job creation make our communities that much stronger, he says.

For more information, call 800-395-7325 or visit SealMaster.net.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

SealMaster Brings Manufacturing, Distribution to Utah

Owner of SealMaster/Hawaii Opens Second Franchise in Utah – West Valley City, Utah—SealMaster, a leading global supplier of pavement maintenance supplies and equipment, has opened a manufacturing plant, distribution center and retail showroom in in West Valley City and will serve the entire state of Utah. With more than 100 privately owned locations nationwide, this is Lyle Moody’s second SealMaster franchise. He has owned SealMaster/Honolulu, the largest such supplier to the Hawaiian islands, for 14 years. The new business is located off Highway 201 at 6778 West 2100 South, the former home of A-1 Auto Parts.

SealMaster franchise owners manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment, including crack sealants, pavement repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. The brand is widely known for introducing franchising to pavement maintenance sourcing by standardizing quality, support, services and practices that “transformed an ugly duckling industry into a swan,” according to Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine.

Moody officially opened the Utah business last fall while simultaneously renovating a combined 13,000-square-foot warehouse, office space, and showroom; building a 5,500-square-foot addition; and training new employees. Members of the family who live in Utah serve in key leadership positions. Lyle’s son, former Hawaii Plant Manager John Moody relocated to Utah and serves as vice president. Son-in-law Shawn Ormond, who had worked for SealMaster/Honolulu for more than five years, now lives in Utah and manages operations.

Having family in the fastest growing U.S. state, and decades of experience in the asphalt industry, Lyle says he wanted to buy the territory before it was scooped up by someone else. “We’re glad to invest in our home state and contribute to the economy here,” says John. Shortly after the SealMaster franchise system announced a growth plan to introduce 12 new territories, buyers started moving fast, says Rick Simon, the system’s director of franchise operations. Manufacturing territories are large and protected and a limited number remain, unless a current owner would be willing to sell. Since the growth initiative was announced last year, new SealMaster territories were also purchased in Kansas City, Kan.; Boise, Idaho; and San Juan Puerto Rico.

The demand for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment continues to grow as private and public entities have shifted focus to pavement preservation vs. a previous approach of repair and replace. Pavement is among many public and private property owners’ largest capital assets. Simon says market demand has a number of SealMaster franchise owners building additions, establishing additional distribution points, and opening more showrooms. New manufacturing territories are available for purchase in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Opportunities for distribution franchises are available in Wyoming, West Virginia, and New England.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

Coughlin Jr. Leads NHRA Charge to Benefit Children’s Burn Camp

SealMaster is pleased to announce its NHRA Top Fuel Driver Troy Coughlin Jr. is leading the charge at this weekend’s Summit Racing Nationals to help raise funds for the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Camp. Coughlin Jr. pilots the SealMaster dragster for Kalitta Motorsports in the NHRA Mello Yello Series. All NHRA teams are backing the effort by participating in an Aluminum Cans for Burned Children collection drive at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25.

SealMaster is collaborating with Jegs, Kalitta Motorsports, Don Schumacher Racing, John Force Racing, Elite Motorsports, Summit Motorsports Park and Norwalk Waste Materials to support the effort. Coughlin Jr. works at the family business, Jegs, when he’s not behind the wheel of a race car. The cause became important him when family friends—the wife and Daughter of a Jegs employee—required treatment from the Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Unit after a kitchen fire. When he went to the hospital to visit, he was inspired not only by the care and compassion of the staff, but by the patients who were there to receive treatment.

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SealMaster Announces New Ownership of Florida Franchises

Streamlines manufacturing and distribution

SealMaster, a leading global supplier of pavement maintenance supplies and equipment, is pleased to announce Greg Polk has invested in Florida, purchasing and upgrading two manufacturing and distribution franchises. He purchased the SealMaster territory that serves South Florida out of Pompano Beach at 1831 NW 33rd Street early last year. Several months later, Polk bought the rights to the SealMaster territory that serves Northern Florida from Tampa at 4901 30th Avenue South. He manufactures, distributes and operates showrooms in both cities, and distributes in Apopka, where he also has a showroom at 2605 Clark Street.

With more than 100 independently owned locations nationwide, the SealMaster Franchise System manufactures pavement sealer and distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment, including crack sealants and repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. SealMaster also drops off and picks up job-site sealer tanks and rents equipment.

Polk, a former SealMaster customer, sold a successful pavement maintenance contracting business in Denver a number of years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a Nebraska cattle rancher. After nearly a decade of ranching, he envisioned a lifestyle not so remote, working among the people within the industry that had been so good to him.

“I wanted to shift to the supply side with a SealMaster franchise when I decided to get back into the pavement maintenance and preservation industry,” he says. “When I found out there were opportunities in Florida, I jumped on a plane to check them out.” After purchasing each franchise territory, he modernized and enhanced the previous owners’ manufacturing, and distribution operations. He also made interior and exterior improvements to all three locations.

“I used to be a SealMaster customer (in Denver) and I was a very happy customer,” he adds. “I have a great team here in Florida and we’re loving what we’re doing and every one of us is committed to bringing the best quality and service to our customers.”

Florida’s pavement takes a beating, Polk says, noting the sun, salt and humidity work together to break down the binder that keeps paved roads in good condition. “SealMaster is in the business of pavement preservation,” says Polk. “Filling pavement cracks and sealcoating parking lots, roads and other paved surfaces prevents deterioration and extends useful service life by decades.”

The demand for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment continues to grow as private and public entities have shifted focus to pavement preservation vs. a past approach of repair and replace, according to Rick Simon, SealMaster’s corporate director of franchise operations. “Pavement is among many public and private property owners’ largest capital assets,” says Simon, adding, “Market demand has SealMaster franchise owners throughout the country building additions, establishing additional distribution points, and opening more showrooms.”

Shortly after the SealMaster franchise system announced a plan to introduce 12 new territories, buyers started moving fast, says Simon. Manufacturing territories are large–some cover entire states–and protected. A limited number remain, unless a current owner would be willing to sell. Since the growth initiative was announced last year, rights to new SealMaster territories have been purchased in Boise, Idaho; Kansas City, Kan.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sales are pending in several other states as well.

New manufacturing territories remain only in Arkansas, California, the Dakotas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Opportunities for distribution franchises are available in New England, West Virginia and Wyoming.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

SealMaster/Phoenix Celebrates 20 Years with New Manufacturing Plant

Industry growth warrants increased production capacity

 

Phoenix, Ariz.–SealMaster, a Phoenix franchise that manufactures pavement sealer and distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout Arizona, has announced it has moved to 2003 McDowell Road. The move was necessary to meet the state’s growing demand for pavement preservation products and equipment.

With more than 100 independently owned locations nationwide, along with pavement sealer, the franchise system distributes pavement crack sealants and repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. SealMaster’s Phoenix fleet of tankers delivers pavement sealer and other products everywhere in the state. The company also drops off and picks up job-site sealer tanks, rents equipment, and services equipment.

Business owners Dave and Sue Musgrove and Dave and Daphne Boon have consistently increased production capacity over the years and ultimately outgrew their former location. SealMaster’s new home is 118 feet away—and across the street—from its previous location. The site is much larger, more easily accessible, and well suited for further expansion. Dave Boon, who came on board in 2001 and serves as the company’s general manager, led the charge with plant construction and the move.

He says having a blank slate to develop the company’s facilities gave him the opportunity to streamline efficiencies and prepare for future expansion. Facilities and mechanical systems were designed and built to accommodate additional equipment and utility connections when it’s time to increase manufacturing capacity again. The company dramatically increased production and reduced overtime to the degree it’s meeting demand without the need to have people work 14-hour days.

Serving a Huge Industry

Arizona’s warm temperatures allow for pavement maintenance work throughout much of the year. But April through October are extremely busy because overnight temperatures overwhelmingly stay at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, a requirement for proper curing of many crack repair materials and all pavement sealers.

“We were expecting a significant increase in demand this spring, but it was a lot more and earlier in the season than we expected,” says Boon. “Fortunately the new facility enabled us to meet those demands on time and on schedule.” In Arizona alone, demand for SealMaster’s breakthrough Liquid Road® bituminous surface treatment, which remains effective three times longer than conventional pavement sealers, is up 125 percent over the same period last year. Demand for another of the brand’s flagship products, Polymer Modified MasterSeal, has risen 50 percent.

SealMaster customers include public agencies responsible for maintaining their communities’ roads and other paved assets, private and public property owners and institutions, and pavement maintenance contractors, among others. Over the past decade, professionals charged with pavement maintenance have changed their approach from repairing and replacing pavement to one of maintaining and preserving it. It’s most cost-effective keeping good pavement in good condition vs. allowing it to deteriorate. Costs to repair and replace pavement in bad condition costs six to 10 times more than routine maintenance, which can extend the useful life of pavement by more than decades.

For more information, call 800-395-7325 or visit SealMaster.net.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. In addition to pavement sealer, the company distributes pavement crack sealants and repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

New Ownership in Minnesota

SealMaster is pleased to announce new ownership of the Minneapolis, Minn., franchise territory, which will supply the entire state of Minnesota. Jay Pakalski, who has owned a successful SealMaster franchise based near Milwaukee, Wisc., for 20 years, will source the state. “Minnesota is an awesome market,” he says. “I want to invest in the state and repeat the success we’ve had in Wisconsin,” which he attributes to operating “with the highest standards.”

With more than 100 privately owned locations nationwide, SealMaster manufactures pavement sealers and distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment, including crack sealants, pavement repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. The brand is widely known for introducing franchising to pavement maintenance sourcing in the early 1990s by standardizing quality, support, services and practices that “transformed an ugly duckling industry into a swan,” according to Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine.

While new physical locations are being established, SealMaster is fulfilling orders from Pakalski’s Wisconsin operations. “I have the capacity and inventory to get customers what they need when they need it,” Pakalski says. “We’re taking orders for sealer and everything else from contractors and road maintenance crews.” He asserts the franchise will help meet Minnesota’s need for a robust supply of pavement maintenance and preservation products and equipment.

A distribution center and product showroom is set to open this summer. A manufacturing plant is scheduled to open in early 2018. Pakalski’s sons, Jack and Max, grew up in the business and will play integral roles in the new venture. Max, the eldest, is on board to oversee operations until the franchise is fully staffed and trained. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Pakalski says of SealMaster franchise ownership. “Bringing the best of the brand to Minnesota is even more exciting than the day I started, because now that my sons are grown, we’re doing this together.”

The demand for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment continues to grow as private and public entities have shifted focus to pavement preservation vs. a previous approach of repair and replace. Pavement is among many public and private property owners’ largest capital assets.

Rick Simon, the SealMaster franchise system’s director of franchise operations, says market demand has a number of SealMaster franchise owners building additions, establishing additional distribution points, and opening more showrooms. The company has announced no more than 10 new U.S. manufacturing franchise opportunities are available in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. Opportunities for distribution franchises are available in Wyoming, West Virginia, and New England.

For more information, to request a catalog, or to place an order with SealMaster, call 800-519-3554. Information is also available at SealMaster.net. Business addresses will be announced when sites are secured.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. In addition to pavement sealer, the company distributes pavement crack sealants and repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

SealMaster Brings Manufacturing, Distribution to Utah – Please join us; RSVP to attend May 25 Open House

Salt Lake City, Utah—SealMaster, a leading global supplier of pavement maintenance supplies and equipment, has opened a manufacturing plant, distribution center and retail showroom in in West Valley City and will serve the entire state of Utah. The business will host an open house May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature product and equipment demonstrations, food and beverages and the opportunity to meet SealMaster associates, along with manufacturers’ representatives. Those able to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (801) 252-8996, (801) 875-2607, or by emailing jmoody@sealmasterut.com.

With more than 100 privately owned locations nationwide, this is Lyle Moody’s second SealMaster franchise. He has owned SealMaster/Honolulu, the largest such supplier to the Hawaiian islands, for 14 years. The new business is located off Highway 201 at 6778 West 2100 South, the former home of A-1 Auto Parts.

SealMaster franchise owners manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment, including crack sealants, pavement repair materials, traffic paints, dust suppressants, tools, accessories, sport surfacing products, and machines to apply all the materials. The brand is widely known for introducing franchising to pavement maintenance sourcing by standardizing quality, support, services and practices that “transformed an ugly duckling industry into a swan,” according to Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine.

Moody officially opened the Utah business last fall while simultaneously renovating a combined 13,000-square-foot warehouse, office space, and showroom; building a 5,500-square-foot addition; and training new employees. Members of the family who live in Utah serve in key leadership positions. Lyle’s son, former Hawaii Plant Manager John Moody relocated to Utah and serves as vice president. Son-in-law Shawn Ormond, who had worked for SealMaster/Honolulu for more than five years, now lives in Utah and manages operations.

Having family in the fastest growing U.S. state, and decades of experience in the asphalt industry, Lyle says he wanted to buy the territory before it was scooped up by someone else. “We’re glad to invest in our home state and contribute to the economy here,” says John. Shortly after the SealMaster franchise system announced a growth plan to introduce 12 new territories, buyers started moving fast, says Rick Simon, the system’s director of franchise operations. Manufacturing territories are large and protected and a limited number remain, unless a current owner would be willing to sell. Since the growth initiative was announced last year, new SealMaster territories were also purchased in Kansas City, Kan.; Boise, Idaho; and San Juan Puerto Rico.

The demand for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment continues to grow as private and public entities have shifted focus to pavement preservation vs. a previous approach of repair and replace. Pavement is among many public and private property owners’ largest capital assets. Simon says market demand has a number of SealMaster franchise owners building additions, establishing additional distribution points, and opening more showrooms. New manufacturing territories are available for purchase in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Opportunities for distribution franchises are available in Wyoming, West Virginia, and New England.

 

ABOUT SEALMASTER

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed manufacturing in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

Velocity Traffic Paint Now Available in Handicap Blue!

High performance prompts requests for new color

In response to requests for Handicap Blue in the Velocity Traffic Paint line, the new color is now available.  High performance and ease of use of the yellow and white formulas are driving market demand. Velocity Handicap Blue advantages include higher solids, faster dry times and E-Z spray technology.

The new product number for Velocity Handicap Blue in 5 gallon pails is M1278P. The product is not available in 1 gallon pails.

Greensboro “Build Something” Mentoring Program to Welcome NHRA Top Fuel Driver Troy Coughlin, Jr.

Greensboro, N.C.–National Hot Rod Association Driver Troy Coughlin Jr., who pilots Kalitta Motorsports’ SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, will visit the boys and young men of the Greensboro Build Something Mentor Program Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Bryan Family YMCA. Coughlin wants to meet them before they turn out for the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) 4-wides to cheer him on at ZMAX Dragway in Concord. “I am excited to join the group on Wednesday and represent SealMaster in this capacity,” he says. “It is an awesome cause and it creates a great culture for these young men to learn a lot about life. I am jacked to be there.”

As a reward for the self-motivation of the program’s participants, they and some of their coaches will be VIP guests of SealMaster owner Bob Krebs Saturday, April 29. “We’re very grateful to Bob for this opportunity to get the kids out,” says Alexis Underwood, who founded and established Build Something in January 2016. “I’m very grateful to the Bryan Family YMCA, too, for allowing to use the space (to conduct the program).”

Underwood made the decision to create the program because he saw a need. “There’s a lot of negativity going on in society,” he says. “I wanted to help raise the standard of what I was seeing through my 17 years’ experience in mental health.” Core components of the program center on physical fitness and healthy lifestyle living, learning opportunities, community service and the availability of an adult sounding board composed of adult coaches who serve as positive role models. The group meets every Saturday, starting out with a prayer, after which a guest speaker shares wisdom. They work out for 45 minutes then have open gym. They close the evening with a discussion on speaker. Topics include financial education and budgeting, etiquette, even how to tie a tie, among others. “Things men need to learn,” notes Underwood. Speakers can be program coaches, members of the clergy or community organizations—anyone who has a valuable lesson to share.

“The hook is the workout,” says Underwood of attracting participants. “That’s what the kids come for. They get really excited about that.” Boys and young men in the program, ages 9 to 18, are motivated by getting or staying in shape, whether for personal fitness or to give them an edge in a sport. A lot of them are athletes.

Athleticism is encouraged although not required of the adult volunteers, including some of the participants’ fathers, who assist with the program. Athletes of the Elon College Football team have volunteered well. “They learn a lot too,” Underwood says of the collegians.

Krebs and Underwood are neighbors, which is how Krebs learned about Build Something and put plans for the outing in motion about a year ago. “It’s about giving back to the community. WE at SealMaster have this opportunity to take people to the NHRA races. We have been taking our customers.

Why not take these kids to experience something positive they’ve never seen? They’ll remember it for the rest of their lives.” The SealMaster franchise system partners with Kalitta Motorsports fielding the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster piloted by Coughlin. It also partners with the NHRA as the title sponsor of the SealMaster Track Walk, which takes place the morning of the final day of competition. Part of the boys’ and VIP treatment will include motor coach transportation to the event and access to Kalitta Motorsports’ hospitality, which includes complimentary lunch, beverages and a place to take comfortable breaks in the shade during the all-day affair of bracket racing.

 

About SealMaster:

SealMaster, the nation’s One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment with retail presence, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, and Mexico; and distribution in more than 50 countries. The company maintains its industry leadership consistently introducing high-performance, innovative pavement sealer formulations and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement. For more information, visit sealmaster.net.

About the Build Something Mentor Program

The Build Something Mentor Program is a non-profit entity founded in January 2016 by Alexis Underwood. It’s mission is to provide young males, ages 9-18, with a mentor relationship and group activities that build emotional bonds, enhance social skills, and affirm the importance of education. The program aims to help participants define their identity and sense of self, develop healthy personal relationships and connect with the community around them. The program places emphasis on spiritual, health and physical fitness. Every session begins prayer, guest speaker, exercise, weight training and health and nutrition education. Mentors provide guidance on education, money management, career development, etiquette, manners, leadership development, and strong family values.

About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta fields five full-time entries in the NHRA Mello Yello nitro classes. Connie Kalitta’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster; Auto Club Road to the Future candidate Troy Coughlin, Jr. drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster; former Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon is the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel Dragster; J.R. Todd is the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. Connie Kalitta serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car and Rob Flynn on the Global Electronic Technology Top Fuel dragster. Jim Oberhofer leads the efforts on both the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster and the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster. He is assisted by Troy Fasching on the Mac Tools dragster and Glen Huszar and Nick Casertano on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Global Electronic Technology, JEGS, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Racing Electronics, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, SPY Optic, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota, WIX Filters and Ziebart

SealMaster Crew Chief Connie Kalitta Honored with First NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award

SealMaster Crew Chief and Kalitta Motorsports founder and owner Connie Kalitta was honored last night at the season-ending Mello Yello Awards banquet with NHRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time in NHRA history that this award has been given. 

Kalitta’s honor received the first standing ovation of the evening as NHRA President Peter Clifford addressed the crowd with some of Kalitta’s incredible achievements. A video tribute followed with all four of Kalitta’s current full-time drivers: Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd and Del Worsham, team Vice-President of Operations Jim Oberhofer, NHRA legends Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, and rival team owners John Force and Don Schumacher speaking on what Kalitta meant to the sport and how far reaching his impact has truly been.

Escorted to the stage by Oberhofer, nephew Doug Kalitta and grandson Corey Kalitta, son of the late Scott Kalitta, Connie Kalitta recieved his one-of-a-kind trophy and made remarks.

“I am not usually at a loss for words,” said Kalitta. “Thank you for this. I appreciate everything that each of you said in that piece. I am honored to receive such an award.”

Kalitta, known as “The Bounty Hunter” as a driver, was the first racer to reach the 200 mph mark at an NHRA sanctioned event. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992 and won the U.S. Nationals in 1994. On NHRA’s 50th anniversary in 2001, he was named one of the NHRA’s Top 50 Drivers.

His team, Kalitta Motorsports, ended 2016 with their most successful season on record as Team Kalitta’s four full-time teams earned a combined 131 round wins. Kalitta will continue to have a major part of the NHRA for many years to come as his team expands to six entries beginning in the 2017 season with rookie driver Troy Coughlin Jr. and veteran Paul Lee joining Team Kalitta on a part-time basis to compete alongside DeJoria, Kalitta, Todd and Worsham.