Four individuals were inducted into the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) 2019 Hall of Fame, honored for making contributions to transportation development. Inductees included Fred Fehsenfeld Sr., Dr. T. Peter Ruane, Ethel A. Birchland and William Boyd Burgett.
Nominees are considered in two categories: Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators, and Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders. The first recognizes men and women who created a “game changing” product; the second recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions.
Fred Fehsenfeld Sr. is being recognized for transforming the company Crystal Flash Petroleum into the Heritage Group, a 6,500-employee company with operations across North America, Europe, and China.
Dr. T Peter Ruane launched nationally acclaimed economic research, and safety and education programs. He was also a fixture in federal transportation investment policy and politics in the nation’s capital.
Ethel A. Birchland was the only woman highway official in the world, and became a pioneer in the road building community. She was elected American Road Builders Association secretary in 1923.
William Burgett was a volunteer leader in construction groups, president of the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA), and established a fund that has awarded more than 400 scholarships to students studying civil engineering.