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

Jack Dykstra
Jack Dysktra Excavating
Mike DeFinis
Angelo Iafrate Construction
Pete Scodeller
Vice President
Scodeller Construction/Fonson, Inc.


Ryan O'Donnell
At Large
AnLaan Corporation


Robert Coppersmith
Executive VP/Secretary
Troy Broad
Past President
Team Elmers


J.W. Fisher 
Past President
Fisher Contracting Company


Karl Schweitzer
Director At Large
GM & Sons


Scott Velting
Director At Large
Velting Contractors, Inc.


Paul Bentley
Director At Large
Payne & Dolan, Inc.


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


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


Dan Ringnalda
Director At Large
Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc.


Todd Schrader 
Director At Large
Hardman Construction, Inc.
John Schmidt
Director At Large
Tri-City Groundbreakers, Inc.
Jamie Lemke
Director At Large
Give 'Em A Brake Safety
Dan Mergens
Director At Large
Edw. C. Levy Co.
Justin Peyerk
Director At Large
Dan's Excavating, Inc..
Dave Turner
Director At Large
C.A. Hull Co., Inc.
Dean Morales
Director At Large
Heritage & Company, Inc.



Remi Coolsaet
R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co.


J.W. Kalin
Kalin Construction Co., Inc.
Mark Johnston
Ajax Paving Industries, Inc


Deven Rau
Cadillac Asphalt, LLC


John DiPonio
Jay Dee Contractors


Kyle Brenner 
Brenner Excavating, Inc.


Brad Stover
Toebe Construction


Frank Pytlowany
Associate Mbr. Council
AIS Construction Equipment Company


Brian Schulz
Associate Mbr. Council
Michigan CAT


Ed Boucher
Associate Mbr. Council
Kotz Sangster Wysocki, PC


MITA Staff

Rob Coppersmith

Rob Coppersmith

Executive Vice President

Lance Binoniemi

Lance Binoniemi

VP of Government Affairs

Rachelle VanDeventer

Rachelle VanDeventer

VP of Engineering

Jeremiah Leyba

Jeremiah Leyba

Director of Engineering

 Glenn Bukoski

Glenn Bukoski

Engineering Consultant

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks

Director of Safety & Compliance

Danielle Coppersmith

Danielle Coppersmith

Manager of Communications and Events

Sara Schaibly

Sara Schaibly

Manager of Accounting and Labor Information

Lindsay Leonard

Lindsay Leonard

Membership Services Coordinator

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 construction industry.

We accept new applications on an annual basis.

Important Dates

MITA begins accepting scholarship applications.

All applications MUST include the following information to be considered by the MITA Scholarship Committee:

  • Official college or high school transcripts
  • Resume outlining work experience and/or extra-curricular activities
  • 500 word 12 pt. font essay (essay talking points can be found here)
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation not to exceed 1 page in length each
  • A current headshot

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 Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received by this deadline at their May Review 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.


Apply Online!

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. Click here for the scholarship donor information sheet

Please send checks to: 2937 Atrium Dr., Suite 100, Okemos, MI 48864


To donate to the MITA Scholarship Fund online, please click the button below!


Donate Online!

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

Attn: Danielle Coppersmith
P.O. Box 1640
Okemos, MI 48805

If you have any questions regarding the MITA Scholarship Fund, please contact Danielle Coppersmith at daniellecoppersmith@thinkmita.org or call her at 517-853-5866.

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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