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J. Don Brock

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J. Don Brock is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Astec Industries Inc.,[1]  a leader in the manufacture of asphalt mixing plants, and one of the largest employers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[2] The name Astec is derived from the words “asphalt technology.”[3] Brock is responsible for having developed hot-mix asphalt plants thought to have revolutionized the asphalt industry.[4] He holds 90 U.S. and foreign patents on construction machinery and drying equipment.[5]

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[edit] History

[edit] Early Experiences

Brock is the son of industrialist J.A. Brock, one of the first developers of asphalt heating and mixing machinery.[6] Throughout his youth, Brock Jr. worked at his father’s asphalt heating company, Industrial Boiler Co. Brock gained significant experience during these years, including having learned to weld by the age of eight.[7] In 1963, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.[8]

[edit] The Progression of Brock’s Success

When Brock was 21, he developed a carpet-drying machine as part of his Master’s thesis.[9] This machine was nearly twice as fast as any others available at the time,[10] and Brock was able to obtain a patent for it in 1965.[11] He immediately sold the patent, and used the resulting money to build interest in his father’s company.[12] This was the same period during which Brock obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, making him one of the first asphalt executives to obtain such a degree.[13]

[edit] Forming Astec Industries

For four years prior to the foundation of his own asphalt business, Brock was the president of the asphalt division of CMI Corp.[14] In 1972, Brock established a company to build hot-mix asphalt plants. The company, known as Astec Industries, had only five employees at its inception.[15] In 1975, Brock became the chairman of the board. Three years later, Brock introduced one of his most significant developments: a self-erecting, portable asphalt mixing plant, known as the Six Pack.[16] This invention helped get the attention of the paving industry; over the next 30 years, it became one of the paving industry’s leaders.[17] Astec Industries Inc. now includes more than 14 companies in the United States and employs over 3,000 people.[18]

[edit] Recognition

Brock has been honored with several awards in recognition of his developments. In 1983, he was named the NAPA Man of the Year; in 1984, he was the Chattanooga Area Engineering Societies’ Engineer of the Year; in 1988, he was named the Chattanooga Area Engineering Societies’ Investor of the year; in 1998, Brock was presented with the University of Tennessee’s Nathan W. Dougherty Award for distinguished service in engineering.[19] The following year, Brock was inducted into the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame.[20]

[edit] References

  1. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  2. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  3. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  4. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  5. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  6. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  7. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  8. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  9. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  10. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  11. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  12. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  13. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  14. J. Don Brock P.E. Forbes.com, 2008-09-29.
  15. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  16. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  17. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  18. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.
  19. J. Don Brock, Ph.D., P.E. Cool Stuff and the Incredible Feats of Construction, 2008-09-29.
  20. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame 2000. University of Tennessee, 2008-09-29.