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Archive for October, 2017

ATSSA – Puerto Rican Road Safety Colleagues needs help

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Message from ATSSA  – Puerto Rican Road Safety Colleagues Need Your Help

Dear Florida ATSSA Chapter members,

It has been four weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, damaging homes, businesses, roads and destroying the island’s power grid.

ATSSA is reaching out to Florida Chapter members to assist an industry colleague, Mr. Hector Davila, owner of Road Marks Corp, the leading pavement striping company in Puerto Rico.  Prior to founding Road Marks, a family owned business in 1994, his father was an active ATSSA member in the 1970s.

Due to a host of extreme infrastructure challenges rebuilding the island, pavement-marking work will not be a priority in the foreseeable future, therefore Mr. Davila and possibly others are considering moving to the mainland in search of opportunities to support their families.

If your company can assist Mr. Davila, kindly reach out to him directly by email or by phone 787-501-0062. For more information about Road Marks Corp, click here.

Thank you Steven Smith, SMITH Manufacturing for sharing this story:

To contact ATSSA member engagement, email memberservices@atssa.comor call 540-376-3881.

Your Surface-Prep Briefing for October 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

Your October Surface-Prep Briefing

for Safer, Sustainable Surfaces

If you haven’t visited Remove Faster News lately, here are some things you may have missed!

Stripers Can Help Save Hector Davila, Road Marks Puerto Rico 

We were hit by Irma on 9/6, and it was not particularly bad except for electric power (no lights since at my home). Then Maria. We were really devastated, but family and (12) dogs are well.

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Seven Surface-Prep Essentials That Belong in Every Striper’s Toolbox

It’s not always easy to figure out what type of surface-prep equipment tools to own. Even for an experienced pavement marking contractor, putting together the right mix of prep-before-marking removal equipment takes thought, time, and inevitably, money.

As a striping professional, you want to make sure the investment you’re making in surface-prep tools is a good one, especially if you are aiming for quality products where costs can quickly add up.

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OSHA Silica-Dust Rule Enforcement Delayed

Even though OSHA’s rule concerning silica dust began on September 23, 2017, it will be another 30 days before any enforcement will happen. The rule is meant to counteract the over 900 cases of silicosis that happen every year.

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The SMITH FS050 Winner Is Announced!

Congratulations go out to Muna Edward, Airport Operations Superintendent at A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam. He is the lucky winner of a brand new SMITH FS050 handheld surfacer! Congrats again, Edward!

Drum and Rotary-Style Eradicators vs. Shot and Water Blasters

Water, shot, or sand blasting are common surface-prep methods. When selecting the right machine for surface-prep work, contractors and agencies are considering rotary and drum style preparators because of lower operational and environmental costs.

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Stripers Can Help Save Hector Davila, Road Marks Puerto Rico

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Stripers Can Help Save Hector Davila, Road Marks Puerto Rico

Dear Striping Community:

One of our own is in need!

I have known Hector and his father for over 40 years. Hector owns a striping company called Road Marks Corp. Puerto Rico. He is a standup guy that has never asked for help until Hurricane Maria changed everything.  I want to share with you an email I just received from Hector Davila. If you can help him, his email is and his phone number is 787-501-0062 and website

Hi there Steven:

First of all, hope you, your family and the great crew at SMITH are doing well, more so after you were affected by one of these freaking hurricanes some weeks ago.

We were hit by Irma on 9/6, and it was not particularly bad except for electric power (no lights since at my home). Then Maria. We were really devastated, but family and (12) dogs are well. In this regard, I am reaching out to all people I know could lend a hand. In my specific case, since pavement-marking work will not be a priority here in the foreseeable future, I am considering moving to the mainland and looking for a job in order to support my family. Florida is closest, and so there is where I would start my search. I am telling you this because I am not asking for such a job, but so that maybe you can spread the word among the people you know in the industry. I am an avid SMITH fan and know the equipment. I also have the pavement marking experience.

I am a also private pilot and can also handle any type of boat/sailboat-related jobs. I do not want to put you on the spot with this, I am just reaching out to the people that might be able to allow me to find options.

Whatever happens, we still have the equipment and my wife will keep the business going as long as possible. There is going to be a lot of work, but not right now. Not as soon as we need it, anyway.

My regards,


Sent from my iPhone

PS….. my throat and heart have a big lump not allowing me to think. I still cant think but I must answer. You have demonstrated what I always knew- your excellent character. Someday I will personally thank you. Your words and the text on the newsletter left my wife (Thee Boss) crying. Either me or my wife will probably leave for Florida soon. We will not abandon PR. Either one will visit you, only to hug you for your thoughts. We’ll keep in touch. Hector

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