About Us

We are MITA.
The Michigan Infrastructure
and Transportation Association.

We are a statewide construction trade association that consists of over 500 Michigan companies representing construction disciplines such as road and bridge, sewer and water, utility, railroad, excavation and specialty construction throughout the state of Michigan.





Board of Directors

Pat Dunigan 
Dunigan Bros.


J.W. Fisher
Fisher Contracting Company


Troy Broad
Vice President
Team Elmer's
Jack Dykstra
Jack Dysktra Excavating
Robert Coppersmith
Interim Executive VP


Brian Hoffman
Past President
Hoffman Bros., Inc.
Brandie Meisner
Past President
M & M Excavating Company  


John Zito
Director At Large
Zito Construction


Karl Schweitzer
Director At Large
GM & Sons


Dan Ringnalda
Director At Large
Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc.


Lincoln Noel
Director At Large
Payne & Dolan, Inc.


Ryan O'Donnell 
Director At Large
Anlaan Corporation


Dan Mergens
Director At Large
Edw. C. Levy Co.


Chad Loney
Director At Large
Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.


Aden Shea
Director At Large
P.K. Contracting, Inc.


Scott Velting
Director At Large
Velting Contractors, Inc.


Mike DeFinis
Director At Large
Angelo Iafrate Construction Co.


John Schmidt
Director At Large
Tri-City Groundbreakers, Inc.


Jamie Lemke
Director At Large
Give 'Em A Brake Safety


Todd Schrader 
Director At Large
Hardman Construction, Inc



John DiPonio
Jay Dee Contractors


Deven Rau
Cadillac Asphalt, LLC


Remi Coolsaet
R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co.


Karl Grant 
TCI, Inc. of Michigan


Mark Johnston
Ajax Paving Industries, Inc


Pete Scodeller
Scodeller Construction, Inc.


J.W. Kalin
Kalin Construction Co., Inc.


John Nickels 
Associate Mbr. Council
Etna Supply Company


Joe Cook 
Associate Mbr. Council
Pro-Tec Equipment


Mark Stapleton 
Associate Mbr. Council
G2 Consulting Group, LLC


MITA Staff

Rob Coppersmith

Rob Coppersmith

EVP/VP of Membership Services

 Glenn Bukoski

Glenn Bukoski

VP of Engineering Services

Lance Binoniemi

Lance Binoniemi

VP of Government Affairs

Rachelle VanDeventer

Rachelle VanDeventer

VP of Industry Relations

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

Director of Communications

Ken Bertolini

Ken Bertolini

Director of Workforce Development

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks

Director of Safety & Compliance

Danielle Coppersmith

Danielle Coppersmith

Event Coordinator

Sara Schaibly

Sara Schaibly

Membership Services Coordinator

Mary Moody

Mary Moody

Accounting Coordinator

Ellen Nystrom

Ellen Nystrom


Our History

Time has passed and technology has changed, MITA continues moving the heavy/highway construction industry of Michigan forward – today and well into the future.



Founded in 1928 by a small group of road contractors, MRBA’s objectives were to coordinate road improvements and secure adequate funding to get Michigan “out of the mud,” allowing commerce to move and the state’s economy to grow. Over the decades, MRBA efforts included protecting funding for roads in the 30’s, joining the war efforts to build roads in the 40’s, initiating the Interstate Highway Program in the 50’s and helping to create safety laws in the 70’s (many of which are still in effect today). MRBA also worked to convince legislative bodies of the need to adequately fund highways for the good of the motorists and for the continued growth of Michigan’s economy.



AUC was originally established in 1946 as a Detroit Area Tunnel Contractors Association. In the 1990’s, AUC became a statewide construction trade association, merging with regional groups from central and western Michigan. Soon after, AUC expanded to include road and bridge building, electrical contracting, painting and more, eventually becoming known as Michigan’s Heavy Construction Association.



The Associated Underground Contractors (AUC) and the Michigan Road Builders Association (MRBA) merged into one association to serve the entire heavy/highway construction industry in Michigan, known today as MITA.

MITA Scholarship Fund


The MITA Scholarship Fund offers financial support to individuals hoping to pursue a career in the heavy/highway construction industry.

We accept new applications on an annual basis.

Important Dates

Beginning of January
MITA begins accepting scholarship applications.

All applications MUST include the following information to be considered by the MITA Board of Directors:

  • Official college or high school transcripts
  • Resume outlining work experience and/or extra-curricular activities
  • 500 word 12 pt. font essay outlining why you want to pursue a career in the heavy/highway construction industry (must demonstrate an understanding of the industry and MITA)
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation not to exceed 1 page in length each
  • A current headshot

End of March
Deadline for all applications to be received by MITA for consideration for the upcoming academic year. Please be aware that this is a firm deadline. The MITA Board of Directors will consider all applications received by this deadline at their April Board Meeting.

End of June
Applicants receive letters thanking them for submitting applications to the MITA Scholarship Fund. The winner(s) of the scholarship will also be notified via letter at this time.


The success of the scholarship fund is dependent upon the financial generosity of members and individuals who believe in the advancement of the industry by offering their support.

We welcome donations of all sizes to the MITA Scholarship Fund, so that we can financially assist those individuals pursuing a career in the heavy/highway construction industry.

To donate to the MITA Scholarship Fund, please make checks payable to MITA, Inc., with the words MITA Scholarship Fund written on the memo line.


All applications and donations may be mailed to the following address:

Attn: Ken Bertolini
P.O. Box 1640
Okemos, MI 48805

MITA encourages the emailing of applications if the individual pieces of the application are attached as downloadable PDFs.

If you have any questions regarding the MITA Scholarship Fund, please contact Ken Bertolini, Director of Workforce Development, at kenbertolini@thinkmita.org or call her at 517-347-8336.

Antitrust Compliance Policy


It is the policy of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (“MITA”) to comply with all applicable laws, including the antitrust laws. All member company representatives and the MITA staff must be sensitive to the unique legal issues involving trade associations and take the necessary steps to comply with U.S. federal and state antitrust laws and similar foreign competition laws. MITA recognizes the potentially severe consequences of failing to comply with the antitrust laws.

The antitrust laws are intended to foster and to protect competition, which benefits consumers. Competition leads to lower prices, higher quality, and increased output of goods and services. Associations like MITA can promote competition by engaging in a variety of activities, including educating the public, conveying information to the government, and collecting and disseminating certain information about the industries in which they operate.

MITA, in fact, actively promotes the exchange of ideas and developments in the heavy civil construction industry throughout Michigan to foster competition among industry participants. For example, MITA vigorously challenges public owner bidding rules that contravene competitive bidding principles in order to maximize competition for public works projects. However, MITA recognizes group activities among competitors (such as those conducted by trade associations) often bring competitors together in person and through information sharing raise the suspicions of enforcement agencies that competitors might agree to engage in behavior that hurts consumers. Consequently, MITA works to ensure that the association is not misused as a vehicle for anti-competitive agreements or activities regarding prices, boycotts, exclusion of firms from the market, or other unlawful activities. For this reason, MITA has developed this Antitrust Compliance Policy to provide a general overview of antitrust laws and specific guidelines to assist MITA and its members conduct activities in conformity with antitrust laws.
The summary of antitrust law presented in this Policy is intended to highlight issues that commonly arise in a trade association context. The text of this Policy is not a comprehensive discussion of the antitrust laws. Compliance with U.S. and individual state laws can be challenging because of the fact-specific nature of antitrust analysis and the broad wording of the statutes. Members are encouraged to discuss member-specific matters with their own counsel.

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