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PACA Conveyor – Week of February 20, 2020
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Announcing Upcoming PACA & Industry Events
We would like to announce the following additions to the PACA Calendar of Events:

  • Pennsylvania Mixer Driver Rodeo Championship - Saturday, May 9, 2020
  • Young Leaders Development Group Leadership & Team Building Conference, September 30-October 1, 2020, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA
Please watch the next edition of the Conveyor for more information on these events.
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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
March PACA Events
Open to PACA member companies' personnel only.

  • March 3 - Eastern Region Combined (Aggregates, Concrete & Cementitious Materials) Technical Community Meeting - East Norriton, PA - REGISTER
  • March 5 - Concrete 101 - Meadville, PA - REGISTER
  • March 9-10 - Aggregate Certification Exam - Harrisburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 23-24 - Aggregate Certification Exam - Harrisburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 23-24 - Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Exam - Lititz, PA - REGISTER
  • March 24 - Concrete 101 - Hollidaysburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 25-26 - Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Certification Exam - Leesport, PA - REGISTER
  • March 26 - Concrete 101 - Allentown, PA - REGISTER
Assistance Needed for National Industry Survey
Construction Materials Culture Survey

The Aggregate and Concrete Executives association, a group of state executives representing 30+ states around the country, are conducting a Construction Materials Culture Survey. The intent of the anonymous survey is to better understand how people feel about working in the construction materials industry.

This survey is intended for everyone in the industry including hourly employees, field supervisors, office admin, estimators and business development and executives (VP, President, Owners). Please feel free to share this survey with your colleagues.

PACA plans to share the results of this survey at the PACA Summer Summit in June 2020.

The survey is based on a similar survey already conducted by Mr. Wally Adamchik of Firestarter, Inc. for the construction industry. His final report for the previous survey is available here. A similar report will be published for the CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS industry upon completion of the below linked survey.

We ask that you please distribute this survey link company-wide to increase participation and provide optimum results.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in spreading the word!
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)
Phase 3 of the Chesapeake Bay WIP identifies how PA will move forward and accelerate progress in meeting the reduction targets established for the purported improvement of local water quality and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. (See this link for map of counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershed.)

This WIP includes Countywide Action Plans (CAPs) for the pilot counties of Lancaster, York, Adams, Franklin and the Tier 2 counties of Bedford, Center, Cumberland and Lebanon. These counties have been given funding to hire Community Clean Water Coordinators in each county. The four pilot counties have also been awarded funding to jump-start the implementation of their CAPs. Additionally, the DEP Chesapeake Bay Office has hired two new people to provide technical support and coordination of the CAPs.

Please let Josie Gaskey know if you are seeing challenges to your operations, as a result of these plans.
Environmental News
PA's Proposed CO2 Budget Trading Program
In 2019, via Executive Orders 2019-1 and 2019-7, Governor Wolf directed DEP to develop the structure necessary for the Commonwealth to participate in a regional program (RGGI) that caps, and continually reduces, carbon emissions from the power sector. (He believes he has the authority to do so. Some question that belief.) At the February 13, 2020 Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC), DEP presented their draft concept and the draft proposed regulation (Annex). The program would require coal, gas and oil-fired power plants to pay a fee for their carbon emissions via an allowance auction. Revenues from that program would purportedly be spent on initiatives that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DEP indicates this will affect 48 power plants (125 units), nine waste coal plants and one industrial plant.

The waste coal generating industry cleans up piles of coal left behind by legacy mining and uses it as a fuel in their power plants. DEP plans to set aside allowances for 7.9 million tons of carbon emissions, which represents the peak annual emissions from the industry over the last three years. If waste coal plants emit more than that amount, they would have to buy allowances to cover the difference. The proposed program also addresses a carve out for cogeneration facilities (combined heat and power).

The proposed regulations also appear to give PA the ability to have its own allowance auction rather than use RGGI’s, although at the recent Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) meeting, DEP indicated they currently do not plan to use their own auction.

Missing from both the Annex and the presentation is the starting level of PA’s emissions for the carbon budget and subsequent years’ emissions decline.

Additionally, the legislature has already begun to have hearings on this issue, as not everyone believes this is the correct route to take.

Should you have any questions or comments on the above, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Penn College Students Seeking Support for ACI Competition
Over the course of the last several years, PACA has formed a relationship with the Pennsylvania College of Technology, specifically in the development of their new Concrete Science Technology program.

We recently received a letter from Joe Debucci, a student in the program, regarding a competition they will be competing in this year. Some of you may have met Joe when he attended our Annual Meeting in November.

Below is the note I received. If you are able to assist them, I know it would be appreciated.

Dear Ken,

I am writing on behalf of the ConCreate Design Club at Penn College to share some exciting news with you. We are happy to announce our plan to compete, for the first time, in the American Concrete Institute’s Student Competition. Please feel free to share the following information!

We will participate in the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition held in Chicago from March 29 – April 2, 2020. The objective of this competition is to demonstrate the behavior of fiber reinforcement within concrete, gain experience in forming and fabricating a fiber-reinforced concrete element and use our creativity with compliance in engineering design and analysis.

This competition requires knowledge and experience about concrete, fiber reinforcement, material behavior and bowling. We are ready and excited to compete but we need your help. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help offset the cost to attend. As a thank you, all sponsors will be recognized on a banner at the competition and on our social media platforms. We will share a short summary of our team’s performance with all of our supporters upon our return to Penn College. Any donations past our goal will be placed towards the budget for the next ACI competition the we compete in.

The Concrete Design Program, just 16 months old, has already captured the imagination of Penn College, as well as the greater community, with its creation of such innovative products such as a concrete table, concrete fireplace and a variety of ornamental ConCreations. The opportunity to attend this competition would provide our program with global recognition and experience working with this element.

Support us today by making a gift online at You can also send a check, payable to “Penn College Foundation”, to Institutional Advancement, DIF 64, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal!


Joe DiBucci, LEED Green Associate

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Concrete Science Technology

President I ConCreate Design Club
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Agenda Announced for PACA Combined Technical Community Meetings
Below is the agenda and registration link for next week’s Western and the following week’s Eastern Technical Communities meetings.

Featured discussions and presentations include:

  • Working Towards a new Skid Resistance Level Rating system (SRL) - report from members of the SRL Subcommittee of the AQIC.
  • Demonstration of an affordable and easy way to monitor the curing of test cylinders - live demonstration of one of the easy temperature recording and reporting systems
  • Presentation on using Portland- Limestone Cement (PLC or IL) - Portland Limestone cement (PLC or Type 1L) is now approved for use and available throughout Pennsylvania. Members of our Cementitious Materials Technical Community will present information on the use of and advantages of this product.
  • Reports from the AQIC, Concrete QIC and CMQIC.
  • Pub 408 rewrite changes and discussion of items from PennDOT LTS
Regional DME’s and PennDOT QA personnel have confirmed their attendance for the regional meetings.

TOMORROW, February 21st, is the registration for the February 25th Western PA meeting at the Doubletree Pittsburgh-Cranberry in Mars, PA. To register, go here.The final Spring Combined Technical Community Meeting is as follows:

Eastern PA - March 3, 2020

Associated Builders and Contractors, East Norriton, PA 19403

To register, please click here.

April 2020, we will have standalone Technical Community Meetings in the Harrisburg area. These meetings will start at 9:00am and conclude by 2:00 pm.

The dates and locations are:

PACA Aggregates Technical Community Meeting - April 8, 2020

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Concrete Technical Community - April 16, 2020

Hershey Country Club, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Cementitious Materials Technical Community - April 22, 2020

Hershey Country Club, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities