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PACA Conveyor – Week of August 8, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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To Our Young Leaders - It's Time to Book Your Rooms for the Pittsburgh Conference!
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 (a one-day change from the originally announced schedule) 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 in the Pittsburgh area.

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.

More information on the YLDG Leadership and Team Building Conference will be coming out in the very near future.

In the meantime, the room block is open and available to book rooms. To book your room for the YLDG conference, please use the button below.

Any questions may be directed to Kallie Kline.
PACA's 2019 Annual Meeting & Honors Program - Book Your Room Today!
Holy cow!!! Who wants to think about summer being over? The cool weather coming?? The holidays right around the corner??? BUT, it ACTUALLY 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. 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. 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
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP to Propose New Manganese Limit
DEP’s Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) met on July 25, 2019 and approved a motion to recommend DEP move forward with development of Manganese Water Quality Criteria for Human Health in 25 PA Code Chapters 93a and 16. DEP’s presentation to the WRAC can be found here

The current manganese limit is 1 mg/l applied at the point of discharge, but legislative action via an amendment to Act 40 of 2017, shifted that point of compliance to the point of water supply intake.

DEP will be proposing a new toxic health standard of 0.3 mg/l, which would apply to all discharges into PA surface waters.

WRAC members also recommended the Environmental Quality Board request public comments on both moving the point of compliance per the requirement of Act 40 0f 2017, as well as the proposed more stringent standard of 0.3 mg/l.

You may want to look at any limits currently in your NPDES permit, as well as sampling data you reported for a new or renewal permit application. Should you find that you may be over the 0.3 mg/l, please let Josie Gaskey know, so we may determine an appropriate course of action for the industry.
Environmental News
Significant MS4 Fees Hit Member Companies
Section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act requires regulation of stormwater discharges and Congress required the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program to regulate stormwater discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities. EPA complied with Congress in two phases. In 1990, EPA published a final rule for stormwater discharges. Phase I established regulations for NPDES permit application requirements applicable to stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity and discharges from a municipal separate storm sewer system serving a population of 100,000 or more, (i.e., medium and large systems).

In 1999, Phase II regulations expanded the existing NPDES Phase I stormwater program by addressing stormwater discharges from small MS4s and construction sites that disturb one to five acres of land. In 2016, in response to a 2003 Ninth Circuit Court action between EPA and the Environmental Defense Center, EPA published modifications to the Phase II stormwater regulations relating to the way small MS4s get general permit coverage under this program, with an effective date of January 9, 2017. In the rule, EPA acknowledges that some permitting authorities may increase permit fees to cover the increased costs associated with this rule. EPA does not believe this constitutes an unfunded mandate “because this rulemaking focuses on the way in which state permitting authorities administer general permit coverage to small MS4s, and does not modify the underlying permit requirements to which they are subject.” As a result, it is the taxpayer that will fund this mandate as homeowners and business owners. Some of our members are receiving huge bills (thousands of dollars) for local government stormwater fees.

If your facility has received such a bill, please contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Aggregate Advisory Board Meeting and Tour
The DEP Aggregate Advisory Board meeting was held on August 7, 2019 in Tunkhannock and was followed by a tour of Meshoppen Stone facilities. Created by Act 137 of 2014, the meeting and tour was hosted by PACA member company, Meshoppen Stone, which is located in northeast PA and we thank them for the effort.

Meshoppen is one of three industry appointed seats on the Aggregate Advisory Board and represents the bluestone industry seat on the Aggregate Advisory Board.

Information regarding the Aggregate Advisory Board can be found here. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the recent meeting, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
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Fall Environmental Community Meeting Moved to October 10th - Register Today!
PACA's last Environmental Community for 2019 has been moved to October 10th at the Hotel Indigo in Harrisburg. This meeting is open to employees of all PACA member companies (only) and we hope that you will consider having a representative from your company attend as there will be many significant issues affecting your company on the agenda.

Agenda items will be distributed to those who register at a later date.

Cost to attend is $50 to cover lunch and meeting expenses.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Upcoming Webinar Scheduled on Aggregate and Concrete Petrography
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Most of us in the aggregate, concrete, and construction industry usually do not have a chance to get a close up look at the materials we produce and use every day. Ms. April Snyder, Senior Scientist with the RJ Lee Group, will discuss what petrographers can show us about aggregates, concrete, and insights into problems such as concrete scaling and aggregate reactions in concrete, including Pyrrhotite and ASR.

A joint webinar presentation from the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association and the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACI by Ms. Snyder is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st from 2-3 pm.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Industry News
Industry News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Industry News
Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation Newsletter Available
The Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation (RMCREF) has granted PACA permission to share its newsletter with our membership.

This latest edition includes articles on the RMCREF's resistivity project and PACA member - BASF.
Industry News
Carbin App
RMCREF Releases App Measuring Road Quality and Vehicle Properties
The latest edition of the RMCREF Spotlight features Carbin, an app that measures road quality and vehicle properties while directing you toward your destination. Carbin has already surveyed more than 35 thousand lane miles around the world and builds upon research conducted at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub). The MIT CSHub is co-funded and by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and Portland Cement Association.

The data collected using the Carbin app can be used to demonstrate the need for increased infrastructure investment to policy makers. It can also provide important information to state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and municipalities about the condition of their roadways, so that they understand which roadways are performing best and can appropriately direct their infrastructure dollars. Until now, it has been very costly and time-consuming for state DOT’s to collect data to identify roads in need of repair or reconstruction. Now, transportation-related businesses like ready mixed concrete companies, and even the general public, can help collect this valuable data to help promote better, safer roadways. Poor road quality not only impacts the driving public, but also the environment. For example, on California’s highways, rough pavement caused cars to consume 1 billion gallons of excess fuel over just a 5-year period. Carbin calculates this impact on the environment as well, providing a more comprehensive snapshot to decision-makers.

How it works: Carbin uses an instrument that most of us carry in our pockets - our smartphones. Smartphones use accelerometers to orient the phone’s screen and accomplish other tasks. Phone accelerometers are so sensitive that they can detect the slightest bumps in a pavement from within a moving vehicle. Carbin utilizes a phone’s accelerometer by recording the motion of a vehicle roughly 6,000 times every minute and then uses an algorithm to determine a road’s roughness.

What you can do: Each Carbin user adds to a growing map of pavement quality around the world with every trip they take. Imagine how much data can be collected by ready mixed concrete truck fleets, as well as individual users. Encourage your team to download and use the Carbin app. The app is free and can be downloaded in the iOS or Android App Store. It is simple to use – just turn on the app and either place the device on the floor or in a holder. The app will work in the background on a cell phone or tablet, collecting road roughness data even when the screen goes dormant. The roughness data is then used to update and populate the FIX-MY-ROAD map as pictured. To find out more about the program, visit the website at

What’s in it for you and your company: In addition to providing important information on infrastructure needs and environmental impact to policy makers, and helping direct you to your preferred route, Carbin can also analyze the unique “signature” of your truck or car. It detects vibrations through a vehicles’s frame, so if that “signature” changes over time, Carbin can determine if the change is due to a misaligned wheel, an under-inflated tire, or a more serious problem with the vehicle. The app may serve as a personal mechanic, with its finger on your vehicle’s pulse.

Bottom line: What the Carbin app offers users is a unique set of tools to better understand vehicles and the infrastructure around them. For cities and states, it may become a vital way to improve pavements and reduce emissions. Above all else, Carbin can foster a culture of sustainability to which we call can contribute.

Testimonial by William Larson, CalPortland - To further assist in the collection of roughness data within the CalPortland market area of WA, OR, CA, NV and AZ, we recently sent a request to all our employees explaining the Carbin app. It has been embraced by our team and the resulting collection of data is rapidly beginning to grow. This will give us important information to provide to policy makers in the states in which we operate to advocate for increased highway funding and more concrete roadways.

For more information on the work of the RMC Research & Education Foundation, please visit or contact Julie Garbini or Jennifer LeFevre.
PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
Certification News
Certification News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Certification News
PennDOT Announces Winter 2019-20 Aggregate Technician Certification Course Schedule
PennDOT has recently announced Winter 2019-2020 course dates for the Aggregate Technician Certification Program.

November 12-13 (registration deadline is 10/29)

December 9-10 (registration deadline is 11/25)

January 13-14 (registration deadline is 12/13)

February 10-11 (registration deadline is 1/27)

March 9-10 (registration deadline is 2/24)

March 23-24 (registration deadline is 3/9)

Registration information will be available in the near future. A link will be made available to register on PACA's website as soon as it is released by NECEPT.