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PACA Conveyor – Week of August 22, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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Leadership Lessons from Hollywood - In Pittsburgh, PA!
Coming to you in Pittsburgh, PA - All the way from Orlando, FL and Hollywood, CA - EXCITING LEADERSHIP LESSONS FOR OUR FUTURE INDUSTRY LEADERS!

Award-winning author and leadership expert, Andy Masters, creatively uses the magical imagery of Hollywood to help future leaders ignite a culture to DEVELOP and EMPOWER their organizations—while defeating the succession planning crisis–in this challenging era of having to “Do More With Less”. He will entertain and inspire our Young Leaders with actual license-protected scenes from movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, Apollo 13, The Iron Lady - and even Office Space and Star Wars!

This unique program also cites the latest research from Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and Glassdoor to provoke real organizational change from every attendee. Powerful leadership principles are based on Andy’s latest book “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.” Andy’s program provides attendees with not only an interactive multi-media experience, but also with immediate “take-home” action items to help cultivate both millennials and Gen Z future leaders in today’s new economy.

Are you or any of your employees / colleagues ages 40 and under? Would you (or they) benefit from leadership training and the opportunity to network with peers in your (their) own age group? Then, you (they) DEFINITELY should be planning to attend PACA's Young Leaders Development Group (YLDG) Leadership and Team Building Conference, scheduled for OCTOBER 16-17, 2019 at the Sheraton Station Square hotel in Pittsburgh.

The schedule begins with registration opening at 12:30 PM on October 16th, followed by leadership training and a peer networking event that evening. The morning of the 17th opens with breakfast and ends at noon after a morning of team building while helping the local community during a volunteer service project with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

The complete schedule of events, links to book your hotel room and to register, along with the current, real-time registration list, are now available on our website.

Any questions may be directed to Kallie Kline.
QUICK! Book Your Hotel Rooms for the PACA Annual Meeting in Hershey!
Have you heard that it is time to start thinking about PACA's Annual Meeting and Honors Program - November 17-19, 2019 - Hotel Hershey - Hershey, PA.

Confirmed speakers for this year's meeting include the wildly popular economist, Mr. Anirban Basu and a new face to PA's political scene - Dr. Christopher Borick, political analyst and Muhlenberg College professor, and interesting data on a University of Alabama study on SRL by Dr. Armen Amirkhanian, PhD, P.E. The schedule also includes displays by our 2019 Corporate Sponsors, new innovations updates, and our highly anticipated PACA Honors Program.

Via the button below is a brief overview of the schedule of events for your reference. Please note that times/locations are subject to change, so continue to watch for Annual Meeting updates.

The best part - THE ROOM BLOCK IS ALREADY OPEN! You may start booking rooms today by clicking on the button below as well. As a reminder, once the room block is full or the block closes, price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Room block cut off is October 17th.
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Thank you to Our 2020 Corporate Sponsors!
PACA wishes to thank our 2020 Corporate Sponsors for their continuing support this year!

  • ASGCO Complete Conveyor Solutions
  • Babst Calland
  • Burch Materials & Supplies
  • Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Commonwealth Equipment Corporation
  • Conviber, Inc.
  • Hoyt Wire Cloth/Lumsden Corp.
  • Kemper Equipment, Inc.
  • Master Builders Solutions
  • Maurer & Scott Sales, Inc.
  • Mellott Company
  • Murrysville Machinery Co. LLC
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It's Back to School Time!
It's back to school time! Wishing all our members' children the best this school year. For those off to college, make your parents' proud. And, to all the teachers - good luck!

Most important, it's once again time to be aware of the school buses back on the road. Safety of the children boarding the buses, the drivers behind the wheel of the buses and your own personal safety in stopped traffic should be top priorities during the school year.

Here's a quick review of Pennsylvania's school bus rules as a refresher:
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Secretary of Interior Announces Revisions to the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law on December 28, 1973 by former President Richard Nixon, with the goal of providing a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals, and the habitats in which they are found.

On August 12, 2019, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced improvements to the ESA designed to “increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century.” The rules would affect listing decisions in the future only—they are not retroactive. In addition to implementing the Trump Administration’s general reduced regulation goals and Executive Order 13777, several of these final changes appear to roll back some Obama Administration expansions, and be in response to negative court actions that indicate that the agencies have taken the ESA beyond its intended scope.

Many people have questioned the effectiveness of the ESA. Government statistics show that the current law has only recovered about 1% of the species that have been placed on the endangered species list.

The new rules are in three documents and will take effect 30 days after being published in the Federal Register. Below are links to the pre-publication version:

The new rule makes several significant changes:

  • There are changes to some of the parameters under which other federal agencies must consult with the Service and NOAA Fisheries to ensure their actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species, or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat. The agencies are also finalizing various measures for clarity and to improve some of the standards under which listings, delisting, and reclassifications, and critical habitat designations are made. For example, the revisions limit the area of land that can be protected for species recovery. Currently, land that plants and animals occupy is set aside for their protection, in addition to areas that they once occupied or might occupy in the future.
  • The revisions remove the blanket rule under section 4(d) of the ESA that automatically gives the same protections for threatened species, as for endangered species. This change will not affect the protections for species currently listed as threatened, but will ensure that future listed threatened species receive protections tailored to the species' individual conservation needs.
  • Another rule change removes the language that listing determinations be made regardless of costs. The removal of that sentence will allow for consideration of the economic impact of a listing—potential threats to businesses and other costs will be allowed to be factored into listing determination.
  • Another revision is the use of relying on models to predict a significant number of years into the future. The new rules call such predictions into doubt with the possibility of conflating the numbers and agencies can now only determine impacts to the “foreseeable future.”
The PA Game Commission (PGC) typically defers to USFWS with regards to federally listed species.

Should you have any questions or comments about the above or any other topic, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Gentle Reminder - Mining Permit Fee Increases Finalized
PA DEP's Noncoal Mining Program permit fee increases were finalized May 20, 2019 and take effect January 1, 2020.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
PA DEP Treatment Pond Construction Now Requires Certification - Form Available
Treatment ponds on both coal and noncoal operations now require certification upon construction. Noncoal sites are a one-time only certification. For coal sites, annual certifications are required.
Members In the News
Members In the News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Members In the News
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Skelly and Loy Announces DeAngelo Promotion
Skelly and Loy, via their Facebook page, has announced the promotion of Paul DeAngelo to Associate and Vice President of the firm’s Environmental Service Group. Along with this promotion, Paul will be joining the firm’s Strategic Leadership Team, providing valuable input pertaining to strategies for the future of Skelly and Loy.

Paul also serves as PACA's Vice Chairman of the Associate Board of Directors. Congratulations, Paul!
Job Postings
Job Postings
Post Your Employment Ads on PACA's Website
If you have a job posting you would like to add to our website, please contact Kallie Kline. This is a free service for all PACA member companies.
Job Postings
EarthRes Seeks Employees in the Mining Industry
Earthres Group, Inc. (EARTHRES) is a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm providing high quality services to clients in the solid waste, industrial, mining, energy, and commercial market sectors. Their core services include civil, mechanical, environmental, chemical, mining, and solid waste engineering, along with air quality services, investigation and remediation, geology and hydrogeology, and regulatory compliance and permitting.

The company is currently seeking three positions within the mining industry:
  • Project Manager - PE
  • Project Manager - PG
  • Mining Engineer
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Concrete Buildings Promotion Opportunities
In the last 5 years our industry has seen an emphasis placed on promoting the benefits of concrete construction in the buildings market. Specific focus has been paid to low to mid-rise construction.

There has been a significant investment made on the national level (by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association) to help "move the needle" as it applies to this critical market.

Build With Strength is the tip of spear of this promotion effort. PACA has aligned itself with this program and is prepared to work shoulder to shoulder with our member companies to produce successful results.

I encourage you to visit the buildings page of our concrete promotion website to familiarize yourself with the resources that we can bring to bear on your behalf. Below are a few links to specific information/case studies that you might find useful.

In addition, please don't hesitate to contact staff if there is an opportunity to bring an educational program to a local designer.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
PACA and Pittsburgh ACI Team Up for Well-Attended Webinar on Aggregate and Concrete Petrography
Over 90 people registered for yesterday’s webinar - Aggregate and Concrete Petrography – Insights into Aggregates, Concrete, and Issues that Can Affect Their Performance.

April Snyder, Principal Petrographer and Construction Materials Laboratory Manager with the RJ Lee Group, presented the webinar, which included views and perspectives into aggregates and concrete that we don’t usually get a chance to see. April also covered some of the topics being discussed at the ACI and ASTM specification writing committees that will affect testing limits and approvals for our materials.

The webinar is available to view below.
Industry News
Industry News
Rock Products 2019 Aggregates Almanac - Articles of Interest
The 2019 Aggregates Almanac provided by Rock Products Magazine includes articles of interest on:
  • Top Aggregates Producers
  • USGS Report on Aggregates Production
  • A Big Picture Look at the Equipment Market
  • Economic Update - Market Sending Mixed Signals at Mid-Way Point in 2019 Construction Season
  • Aggregates Industry Market Report
  • Road Conditions - The Nation is Falling Behind
  • Update from MSHA
  • Public Relations - 100 Observations that Quarry Operations Can Consider & Utilize
Industry News Is Your Promotion Toolbox!
Are you looking for a quick assist promoting concrete your next project? Don't forget about our concrete promotion/education website The website has gotten the attention of our industry partners nationally and is a tremendous resource for our members.

Looking for information on concrete pavement or parking lots? We've got it. What about roller compacted concrete? Yes, we've got that too. Pervious concrete? Same answer.

In addition to promotional information, the site also houses technical information, such as the Concrete Difference and the popular Concrete In Practice series published by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. There are also about two dozen videos posted on the website.

The fact is that is at your fingertips and should be bookmarked on your computers, tablets, and smart phones. It's the next best thing to speaking with staff and we hope you visit it regularly.

Concrete, It Just Makes Cents!
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