AWP starts a small security guard/alarm agency.
Fairlawn Service Center of Ohio Edison becomes first AWP traffic control customer.
Company joins American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and adopts its training and safety standards.
Now known as Area Wide Protective, the company divests security services to specialize in traffic control services.
AWP enters 12th operating state.
AWP is purchased by Blue Point Capital Partners allowing for quicker growth and expansion.
AWP purchases US Traffic Technologies, a Georgia based traffic control company.
John Sypek assumes position as AWP’s President and CEO.
AWP is purchased by The Riverside Company and acquired Traffic Specialties, Inc. in Georgia.
AWP acquires N-LINE Traffic Maintenance in Texas and All State Traffic in Connecticut, expanding operations into both states.
AWP acquires Kentuckiana Traffic and Patrol Services in Kentucky, FlagPros in Tennessee and Kentucky, and opens new offices, including an Equipment Rental and Sales division in Greensboro, North Carolina.
AWP acquires Canada-based Safety First, its first acquisition outside the Continental U.S. AWP is recognized as a Traffic Control Leader with 70+ offices in more than 20 states and 2 countries.
AWP expands into the western side of the United states with the acquisition of Northern Colorado Traffic Control.
AWP continues to expand its footprint by acquiring Traffic Pro, Traffic Safety Rentals, RoadTek Traffic, and Advantage Barricades and Roadmarks. Ron Childress assumes position as AWP CEO and Executive Chairman.
AWP acquires Statewide Safety Systems, and the traffic safety divisions of Trafficade Service Companies. The combined company serves thousands of customers daily, with more than 130 facilities across 27 states and eastern Canada.


Area Wide Protective (AWP) is America’s Traffic Control Leader

Our commitment to traffic safety directly reflects our mission, which is to protect your people, your business, and your time. We deliver comprehensive traffic management services in support of infrastructure projects, construction, and utility work that improve roadways and communities across the country. We specialize in supplying the manpower to guide traffic safety around work zones. We also provide consultation and traffic design services, as well as traffic control equipment.


Service Areas

Area Wide Protective has 155 locations that provide traffic control services across 27 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. Our expansive geographic footprint allows many AWP customers the convenience of using one provider for projects in multiple locations. We like to say that we’re local – everywhere. Our mission is to make roads safer, and if you don’t see your area on this list, call us. Your business could be the reason we expand service to a new region. America’s roads and work zone professionals need and deserve AWP protection.


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We Are Committed to Safety.

As a company, and as a team, AWP is dedicated to safety in everything we do.


Our Mission is Protection

We Protect
Your People

At AWP, safety is our primary focus. We provide the most comprehensive training and certification of traffic safety personnel in the industry. Your people will be protected by:

Safe Teams

We are safety-minded and professional.

Safe Work Zones

We make sure your employees have fewer accidents and injuries.

Safe Equipment

Our traffic safety equipment exceeds regulations.

We Protect
Your Business

With AWP, your business is secure. You will benefit from:

Less Risk

We lower your costs and your risk with services covered by industry-leading insurance.

More Reach

Our large footprint helps you simplify outsourcing with one provider.

Better Reputation

Our reputation as a national traffic control leader can enhance your customer relationships.

We Protect
Your Time

AWP understands your time is your money. We strive to work as efficiently as possible:

Reliable Processes

Enjoy accurate invoicing and 24/7 access to your up-to-date project information through our use of tablet technology.

Reliable Performance

Experienced project managers ensure your jobs run smoothly.

Reliable Partner

We are honest, transparent, and available 24/7/365.

Customer Testimonials

“They are a top-notch outfit, and their biggest concern was our employees safety. They showed up timely and made sure the site was secure before allowing our employees in the road. Considering the work area is S. Saunders St and I-40 this was not an easy task. I can highly recommend AWP & will not hesitate to use them again.”

– Ricardo Hernandez

Site Supervisor, City of Raleigh


AWP Leadership

Robert Sehnert

President and CEO

Rob leads AWP’s organizational strategy and performance, driving continued growth as the organization expands its capabilities as a
full-service traffic management provider.

Jarrod Wachter

Chief Operating Officer

Jarrod has direct oversight and responsibility for delivering safe, efficient and reliable traffic control solutions for a diverse customer base across the United States and Canada.

Michael Shearer

Chief Human Resource Officer

Michael leads the company’s human resources organization and is responsible for all aspects of human resource strategy, including talent, leadership development, pay and benefits.

Phil Halsch

Chief Revenue Officer

Phil is charged with driving AWP’s organic growth by leading the company’s sales and marketing activities with focused market strategy, customer engagement, sales penetration and brand enhancement.

Ron Childress

Executive Chairman and Kohlberg Operating Partner

Ron serves as an advisor for AWP’s transformational initiatives. As Kohlberg operating partner, he is also responsible for the firm’s infrastructure services sector, including AWP.

Josh Martin

Vice President, Technology

Josh directs all aspects of information technology, infrastructure, system and software initiatives with overall responsibility for delivering enabling technologies to serve our employees and customers.

Matthew Hunt

Chief Legal Officer

Matthew leads the company’s legal organization and is responsible for legal strategy, services and compliance.