Lifetime Achievement Award to Robins H. Jackson

Date Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

On January 12, 2005, at the AGC of Iowa Hall of Fame Induction, Robins H. Jackson was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Award".  Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Iowa established the "Lifetime Achievement Award" to recognize those individuals whose extraordinary life's accomplishments and devotion to the industry, employees, community and family represent the highest standards of professionalism and humanity. 

Although Jackson Construction Company acquired what became known as Cedar Valley Corp. in 1970, Robins paved his first two-mile stretch of road in 1951 on a project in Palo Alto County.  He made the decision to become involved in construction associations very early on.  He served as President of AGC in 1967.  He was one of the founders of the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA) and served as President in 1974.  He went on to be elected President of the American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA) in 1977.  In 1982, he represented ACPA on the Construction Industry Council.  He then became involved with AGC at the national level, becoming President in 1992.  Throughout this time he chaired numerous committees at both the state and national level.  Robins also served as President of the Confederation of International Contractor's Association for 2 1/2 years ending in 1998.

Other contributions to the industry included being a member of the National Construction Industry Council, the American Institute of Contractors, The Road Information Program, consulting Contractors of America, the Civil Engineering Advisory Committee at Iowa State University (chairman), the Knoll at Iowa State University and Governor Ray's Iowa Year 2000 Task Force.

Jackson and his wife, Ro, reside in Okoboji, Iowa.  He continues to serve as President of Aspro Inc., Vice President of Basic Materials Corp. and President Emeritus of Cedar Valley Corp.

Robins has been active in the concrete paving industry for over 50 years.  Certainly a lifetime achievement by any definition!


Sadly, Robins passed away in September 2009.  To read an excerpt from his obituary, follow the link below.

To read an article that appeared in the September 10, 2009 Waterloo Courier regarding Robins, follow the link below.