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image Jimmy Whited Jr., Director of HMA/QC, Austin Materials

AUSTIN - At Austin Materials, Jimmy Whited Jr. takes hot mix asphalt (HMA) and quality control (QC) very seriously, bringing lots of experience and certifications to the table.

    As an executive level manager, Whited oversees two different divisions, HMA and QC, for the entire company, including its four hot mix plants and two quarries, floating between the Austin and San Antonio areas.
    “Our director of QC, Jimmy Whited Jr., brings roughly 25 years of experi-ence and is highly regarded as one of the most influential and knowledgeable professionals in the business,” says Joey Biasatti, the San Antonio regional manager for Austin Materials.
    Having grown up in Austin, Whited began his career in the industry right out of high school in 1995. He was with Ramming Paving Company for 10 years prior to its acquisition, and when he came back to the company years later, it was operating under its new name, Austin Materials.
    Before returning to the company, he spent two years as director at the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association where he helped members statewide and helped bridge the gap between TxDOT and the association’s contractor members.
    After working for an engineering firm in Austin, he started taking certi-fication classes through the National Institute of Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). He also took state certification classes through the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association along with TxDOT. The classes were co-sponsored, and he earned three certifications pertaining to hot mix, aggregates, and base-type materials. He also earned certification from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
    “I kind of learned everything in the construction business from asphalt to concrete to soils to base, how to lay it, place it, construct it, test it,” says Whited. “And kind of fell in love with the business.”
    Today, at 40, Whited lives in Liberty Hills with his wife, Laura, and their three children. Son Layne is 17 years old, and daughters Miranda and Chambree are 15. Laura is the director for admissions and marketing for their church’s private school.
    Whited and his wife are very active in their church, both serving as ushers. They are also on the committee to help upgrade its school and church. They also participate in the Austin Rodeo BBQ Cook-Off and enjoy going to their place on the Frio River with the family to camp and go tubing. –mh


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