Gail Mize, an executive vice president with Tennessee-based Astec Inc., and long-time ARTBA leader, passed away January 6.

Gail was one of the company’s founders.  From an idea, he and a small group helped grow Astec from a kitchen table to a multinational company. Today, Astec Inc., designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of continuous and batch-process asphalt plant equipment produced under the Astec and Dillman brands.  It also produces wood pellet plants and soil remediation equipment.

Gail was the company’s principal liaison to the transportation construction association community, serving many years on the ARTBA board.  He provided major financial support for ARTBA’s meetings and the association’s Political Action Committee.  He also was a director on the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Board, and chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environmental Committee.

He served in many capacities at Astec over the years, including chief operating officer, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the company’s asphalt plants, and vice president of engineering.  He held 15 U.S. and foreign patents covering heat transfer and mechanical developments.

Gail majored in engineering and physics at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to: Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411.

ARTBA extends its deepest sympathies to Gail’s wife of 56 years, Ann, and to his entire family!