MONTOURSVILLE - Ken Bair, maintenance services engineer, has been named PennDOT District 3-0 district office Employee of the Year for 2013.

Bair was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat (oil and chip) crews versus the previous process of each county completing its own annual seal coat program. He led and coordinated the efforts of all the district's county maintenance managers to study the potential benefits of district-wide seal coat crews. Through their analysis, which included communication with other districts that have implemented such district-wide crews, they found that two such crews would improve the productivity and quality of the district's seal coat operations, free existing county staff to complete additional general maintenance activities (e.g., pipe replacement, shoulder cutting, etc.) and reduce equipment costs (estimated at $430,000 annually).

The program was a success and will be utilized again in 2014.

Bair, a 12-year PennDOT employee, lives near Mifflinburg with his wife, Megan, and their children, Ainsley, Jake and Reid.