The Asphalt Institute (AI), based in Lexington, KY, is celebrating its 90th anniversary as the international trade association of petroleum producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. Founded in 1919, the Asphalt Institute is the oldest asphalt association in the world.
"The history of the Asphalt Institute closely parallels the history of the asphalt industry," says Pete Grass, AI president. "In its beginning, the Institute was the primary association spearheading the technical, educational and promotional programs for the industry."
Today, the Asphalt Institute continues as a center of excellence for research, engineering and education in support of the asphalt industry. AI is thriving with 95 member companies. "With a dedicated staff, strong membership base and support of the member companies in our committees, AI is well-positioned to serve the needs of its members and the industry for decades to come," says 2009 Asphalt Institute Chairman Ralph Shirts.