Hutchens inducted into MAPA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Phil Hutchens, president of Hutchens Construction Company, was recently inducted into the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association’s (MAPA) Hall of Fame for his service to the organization and industry over the span of his 49-year career. Pictured from left, are: Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Hutchens, president of Hutchens and Brandon Finn, COO of Hutchens. Contributed photo

Asphalt company president recognized for decades of service

Phil Hutchens, president of Hutchens Construction Company, was recently inducted into the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association's (MAPA) Hall of Fame for his service to the organization over the span of his 49-year career.

Hutchens began his career in the asphalt industry in 1968 working summers and weekends for his father’s company, patching and chip sealing roads and parking lots, and running the loader and asphalt plant during paving projects.

In 1973, Hutchens Construction purchased the limestone quarry at Purdy, and Hutchens began operating the crushing plant. In late summer of that year, his father, Evan, suffered a heart attack, and he spent much of his senior year of high school assisting with the operation of the company, which at that time included overseeing many paving jobs in both Arkansas and Missouri. After graduating high school, Phil chose to remain with the company and began overseeing the operation of the quarry and asphalt plant and began bidding many of the company’s contract jobs.

Hutchens Construction opened its second limestone quarry at Eagle Rock in 1983, and as Hutchens' responsibilities grew, so did the company. Several overlay and chip seal projects with MoDOT through the mid to late 1980s helped put Hutchens in a strong financial position, and by 1988, Hutchens was serving as Chief Operations Officer for the company.

In 1992, with the passing of Evan Hutchens, he became president and CEO of Hutchens Construction Company, and through his tenure as president, has grown the company to over 100 employees encompassing five asphalt plants and four aggregate quarries.

During his career, Hutchens has generously donated his time and financial support to many industry trade associations including the Missouri and National Limestone Producers Association, Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, where he served as State Director from 2005-2007, and the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association serving as board member as well as serving two terms as president of MAPA. Hutchens has also been very active in many civic groups, serving on the Progress and Action through Community Effort Committee, as well as serving as a board of director and past president of the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments and serving three terms as Chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee.

Hutchens has tirelessly continued to expand his knowledge of the industry throughout his career, and has nurtured relationships with many industry experts, one in particular being Jay Hensley, formerly with the Asphalt Institute, who Hutchens affectionately refers to as 'The Asphalt God.'

Hutchens' wife Valarie says he is "The whole ball of wax': The Idea Man, The Planning Man, The Happening Man.”

We have been blessed to have such a strong and passionate ambassador for our industry.