Keeping America’s highways safe is a nonstop task, and certainly not a 9 to 5 job considering the aging infrastructure of the country, increases in traffic counts, and effects of weather and natural events. Often, governmental entities cannot handle the entire job themselves, and professional contractors are called upon to handle the tough jobs. These contractors are on call 24/7 and put themselves in harm’s way to make sure our families are safe and protected as we travel throughout the country.
One such contractor is Virginia-based TME Enterprises, Incorporated. Founded in 1992, TME is one of the country’s leading Right of Way Asset Maintenance contractors. Despite their small beginnings, TME has grown to over 230 employees, and now has over 20 state and local maintenance contracts. The company credits their success to a “ground up” approach, rather than a “top down” focus. Steve Pecaut of TME gave me a little insight into what they are currently managing. Here’s a quick snapshot of what is keeping them busy right now:
- Approximately 1,800 miles of interstate highway
- Over 500 miles of urban primary routes
- Approximately 450 bridge structures
- 9 Tunnels, including the famous Hampton Bay Bridge Tunnel
- 32 Tunnel Support Facilities
- Countless rest areas, school facilities, and park sites
I began working with TME almost four years ago, when I discovered they were using an inferior cold patch product to repair potholes on state highways in Virginia. They quickly realized this as well, and switched over to using our QPR High Performance Cold Patch bags, which we provided to them through Lowe’s Home Improvement. When the QPR ShopWorx program launched in recent years, it became a natural fit to partner with them in this initiative as well. Contractors like TME cannot afford to wait around for safety apparel and equipment. QPR has been providing TME with custom-printed winter PPE and safety apparel, traffic cones, and safety vests. If you find yourself driving through Virginia’s pristine roadways and happen to spot a roadway maintenance crew, you won’t be able to miss them because they’ll be wearing a Class 2 QPR Safety Vest complete with the TME logo.
“QPR and Ben have stood behind their products ever since we came on board with them years back, and as we continue to grow they have been there for us every step of the way,” says Pecaut. ”Having such high quality products at an affordable price makes our job easier, more efficient, and helps with the bottom line.”
The future looks bright for TME, with more and more governmental budgets strapped and city, county, and state agencies looking for ways to manage assets and right-of-ways effectively and cost efficiently. We plan on helping them continue to grow as a premier partner, and we can help your organization in the same way. For more information on TME, you can click here to visit their website.