Tumbling Teddy Bears
When the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team scores its first goal on Saturday night, teddy bears will be raining down onto the ice. Now in its 19th year, the annual Teddy Bear Toss attracts a sell-out crowd, and everyone’s carrying a teddy bear.
The bears are donated to children in pediatric care units and are handed out by the Gamblers players themselves to brighten the day of sick kids. Since its start in 2000, an estimated 100,000 bears have been tossed on the ice.
Sitting right at the glass on Saturday night will be Tom Snider with teddy bear in hand. Even a burly guy who makes a living filling potholes, sealcoating driveways, and laying asphalt will be clutching a teddy bear on Saturday night at the Resch Center. Tom and his wife, Chris, operate AC Asphalt, and their asphalt company has been a Gamblers sponsor for 12 years.
Love of the Game
A Minnesota native, Tom played hockey in high school and coached afterward – chalking up 20 years as a coach in his home state. He coached his own kids and now has 3 grandsons playing hockey and a son coaching in Shawano.
Tom’s busy season (from May to November) leaves time for winter entertainment, and a favorite hangout is a Green Bay Gamblers Hockey game. Tom said a love of hockey is the reason he sits in the stands and sponsors the team year after year.
Right on the Glass
AC Asphalt has a VIP Party Pit table right down on the glass, and Tom invites friends to the games to share the excitement of junior ice hockey. He likes to keep an eye on the players’ success after they leave the Gamblers for the collegiate or professional ranks.
“A lot of these players I met personally. I still watch them today, especially the ones from Minnesota,” Tom said.
On Saturday night, look for the AC Asphalt logo by the Gamblers bench and look for Tom clutching a teddy bear and cheering on his favorite hockey team.
The target milling on the left was paver laid for a smooth surface while the infra-red repairs are a series of cookie cutter heats 5′ x 7′ linked together. Also target milling can do a seam as narrow as 18″ inches wide to odd size repairs as well as entire roadways for parking lots. A repair might be as small as 2′ x 2′ and a heat with burn the asphalt to a 5′ x 7′ size that will destroy the integrity of the asphalt around the damaged area. Again this picture is a side by side picture of a series of infra-red heats on the right and our method of target milling on the left. Both performed within 2 weeks of each other over 12 years ago. Property owners are now finding out there is a much better method of asphalt repairs at a comparable price.
This photo is a side by side comparison of our competitors heavily advertised so called “state of the art patching system” i.e. infra-red heats on the RIGHT and our method of target milling on the LEFT. When these two jobs were completed within a week apart they appeared to look the same. This picture shows the results of 12 years of wear on both and the cost per square foot was the almost identical. With infra-red heats none of the damaged repairs are removed and only heated until the patch is burnt to ashes. Then only a small amount of new asphalt is added to give it some color and cover the 1/2″-3/4″ repair. These types of repairs you can usually expect to see failure within a few months. Target milling grinds down and removes 2″ of the damaged area and is removed and recycled. The area is then cleaned and tack coat is applied to bond the 2″ of new asphalt to the seamless surface. We have been documenting infra-red heats and target milling for several years and have taken many pictures. Although we have had several infra-red machines we never used them to hide asphalt repairs and we feel it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, or now you see it, now you don’t. Ask for details and photos to decide which is the best method for you.
Did you know that when using several search engines to find asphalt paving contractors that more than half of the top 10 listed don’t even do asphalt paving? These companies subcontract the work and you may not even know it. Make sure on their web-site you can see paving equipment with their name or logo. Most asphalt maintenance companies will use the cheapest subcontractor to do various aspects of asphalt work including installation or major repairs. This can cause concern for warranty as well as liability issues. Always ask not only for references but actual work they have completed without the use of subcontractors.