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PACA Conveyor – Week of January 24, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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HURRY HURRY HURRY - Register for Our Big Event at Dave & Busters, Camp Hill, PA
Throughout the year, PACA will be hosting various mixer events throughout the Commonwealth for PACA member company employees ONLY.

Non-Members are by invitation only. Please see new policy below.

About the Event

New for 2019:

We've heard you and we've listened! Regional Networking Mixers will now include food - however - this is something that the Association does not budget for, therefore, we do need to cover the minimum charge to provide appetizers/food. Bar tabs will continue to be on your own. Registration fees will vary by location.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available to enhance the experience for attendees. Sponsors are $100 each and are unlimited.

Also, Networking Mixers are now open to PACA members only. Non-members may attend by invitation only from a current PACA members company. If you wish to invite a non-member, please provide the name(s) of individuals from a non-member company to Kallie Kline so that an invitation/invoice can be forwarded Payment must be made in full to attend.

Lastly, now that a registration is necessary to attend, we will be able to provide an attendance list as that has been a request over the last few years.

This first event for 2019 is scheduled as follows:

February 7, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

Dave and Busters, Camp Hill, PA

$20 to attend - includes appetizers - bar is a cash bar.

Hurry, time is running out to register!
Email Blasts
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
PACA Board Approves Amended Antitrust Compliance Policy for Association
As of December 14, 2018, the PACA Board of Directors approved an amended version of PACA's Antitrust Compliance Policy. This policy document is distributed at every meeting held by the Association.
In Memoriam - Paul Yerk, Jr.
Paul Yerk, Jr., age 87, of Telford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Sandra Swietzer-Yerk, with whom he shared 11 years of marriage.

Born May 18, 1931 in Tylersport, he was a son of the late Paul Sr. and Marguerite (Fox) Yerk.

Paul was a United States Army veteran, proudly serving his country during the Korean War. He was a life long member of Ridge Valley United Church of Christ in Sellerville. He was on the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association for several years. Employed by Raymond B. Long, until he purchased the company in 1969 and changed the name to Indian Valley Bulk Carriers Inc. He also was a partner in Rahns Construction Materials Co. Paul enjoyed gardening, traveling and his work. In his younger years, he enjoyed camping, skiing, snowmobiling and auto racing. His passion was his family and he cherished the times they spent together.
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Learn More About Concrete Buildings and Parking Lots
PACA will start 2019 by conducting education events in February and March. Each event will provide 3.5 CEU's to attendees. Those events are described below. We hope you can join us!

CONCRETE The Right Choice for Your Project

February 26, 2019 - King of Prussia

Is there any question why CONCRETE is the world’s most used construction material?

This event promises to address why you should be selecting concrete for your building project needs. If you’re looking for beauty, durability, and sustainability; CONCRETE checks all the boxes.

Making the Business Case for Building with Concrete & Insulated Concrete Forms

There is a strong case to be made for building multi-family residential and commercial buildings and schools. If a building doesn’t last, it wastes a lot of energy, from both a human and a resource perspective, not to mention the economic value.

Durability is the ultimate profitability. Builders are realizing that the promise of low first-cost is insufficient for portfolio value generation. From energy efficiency, lower insurance costs and moisture resistance; barriers to a concrete structure increasingly collapse when industry professionals are equipped with the right design tools and knowledge. This presentation will address the various reasons for and benefits of choosing concrete for your next building project.

Concrete's Role in LEED Projects

Because of its versatility, there are many applications where concrete can be used in a building project - from foundation and superstructure to sidewalks and parking lots.

This presentation provides an understanding of ready mixed concrete products' direct and indirect contribution towards earning credits for a LEED project. Each LEED category will be reviewed with specific attention to Materials & Resources and credits driving product disclosure and transparency.

To learn more, download a registration brochure here. You can also register online here.

CONCRETE PAVEMENTS, The “Centsible” Choice for Your Next Project

March 20th King of Prussia

If you're interested in combining sustainability and long lasting beauty into your parking lot project, your choice should be concrete. Join us for this workshop where we will discuss concrete pavement options and their design and benefits.

ACI 330; the Gold Standard for Concrete Parking Lot Design

What do designers currently use for parking lots?

When asked, most refer to the AASHTO Guide or similar local DOT pavement design guide. And, there are some who design with asphalt by default because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

This presentation introduces ACI 330 Guide to Design and Construction of Concrete Parking Lots as the industry standard. The program includes a walk-through of the ACI 330 document and shows how to determine pavement thickness based on three criteria: material strength, soil support and average daily truck traffic (ADTT).

Additionally, common design misconceptions such as aggregate subbase and steel reinforcement are addressed. Proper jointing practices are also discussed.

Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots

Parking lot owners need proactive, sustainable pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies that last longer at reasonable cost. Concrete overlays represent such strategies. With a properly designed and constructed concrete overlay, a distressed or poorly performing asphalt parking lot can be converted into a durable, low maintenance, and long-life parking structure.

This presentation introduces the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Parking Lots and explains the overlay process from pavement evaluation through construction and placing the pavement into service.

Additionally, attention is given to special design details such as pavement thickness transitions, manholes/intakes and transition into curbs.

Emerging Concrete Pavement Technologies

You can’t go wrong selecting concrete for paving projects, but you do have concrete options depending on the application.

This presentation provides an overview on those options which include roller compacted concrete, pervious concrete, and the latest innovation; full depth reclamation using cement slurry. We will also introduce the resources available to make your selection process easier.

To learn more, download a registration brochure here. You can also register online here.
Promotion News
NRMCA to Develop New Industry-Wide EPD for Concrete - DO NOT Miss Your Chance!
This article appeared in the most recent edition of the NRMCA News. Most of our ready mixed concrete producer members did not participate in the first two opportunities that were presented. If you are planning to supply LEED projects in the future you should take the time to read it and take action.

IW-EPD History: Due to market drivers (i.e., Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in green building standards, most notably LEED V4) NRMCA published version 1.0 of the Industry-Wide EPD (IW-EPD) in 2014. 70 companies representing over 2,300 plants participated.

Afterwards, market EPD activity grew NRMCA-member pressure to amend the original IW-EPD to include additional companies and plants. So, in 2016 NRMCA launched IW-EPD v2 report which included a revised total of 88 companies and 2,519 plants. Again, with NRMCA members responding to LEED v4 projects, NRMCA will develop a 3rd version of the IW-EPD in 2019.

Market Drivers: A summary of drivers to develop a new IW-EPD are as follows:

• Over the past 3 years, LCA and EPD activity has consistently increased year over year in the standards for concrete and competing materials and products.

• There have been 2,555 LEED v4 projects registered to date, and every U.S. state has at least one (1) LEED v4 project registered. Credits pertaining to EPDs are integral to LEED v4 and other standards.

• Certain U.S. states are driving LCA and EPD legislation for public projects.

• The product category rule (PCR) for concrete is expiring. Evolving PCR standards are now requiring EPDs to be more consistent and disclose more environmental impacts. This has forced the concrete industry to renew its PCR and therefore, a new IW-EPD must be developed in compliance with the new PCR.

• Only those producers who provide data for the Industry-Wide EPD can be listed and be eligible to use the document for a LEED submittal.

• EPD language is being discussed in infrastructure specifications and sustainability standards (e.g., FHWA Sustainable Pavement Program).

• A company can produce product-specific EPDs, but they are expensive and time consuming. The NRMCA IW-EPD is significantly less expensive for NRMCA members.

• Participating companies can market the IW-EPD in the green building market.

• By participating in the NRMCA IW-EPD, you can maintain our industry’s leadership in environmental disclosure.

Consultant Support: NRMCA is working with the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (Athena) to develop an Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW-EPD) for concrete. Athena was the consultant that facilitated each v1 and v2 IW-EPD project. Similar to previous IW-EPD projects, all submitted operations data will remain independently collected and confidential through Athena.

Producer Role: As in the past, ready mixed concrete producers will submit data in a confidential format established by Athena. Past participants can be found here. Operations data will include energy use, material use, waste, distance of raw materials, water consumption, etc. A roster of participants will be finalized February 15, 2019. Any data you provide will remain completely confidential. Even if you participated in the previous versions, there is still the potential to supply data for v3 of the IW-EPD.

Why?? New product category rule (PCR) standards were developed since the last IW-EPD, therefore, requiring the concrete industry to renew the concrete PCR and develop a new IW-EPD in compliance with the new PCR.

What We Need from You Today: Please select someone from your company who will be the primary contact for this project. They will be responsible for collecting data from some of your plants in different regions of the country. Athena will be conducting the survey online and they will work with the primary contact to define how many and from which plants to collect data and what data to collect. To participate, compete in the green building marketplace and respond to other disclosure initiatives, you must register your company. To register your company for the IW-EPD v3, complete this form and email to Jacques Jenkins or fax: 301.585.4219.

Fee: The cost to participate is $50 per plant for NRMCA members. For non-NRMCA members, the fee is $250 per plant. Fees will be significantly higher if participation is requested after this project complete.

Questions: For technical information email James Bogdan, Sr. Director – Sustainability Initiatives or phone: 412.420.4138.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Replace, Repower Or Retrofit Fleet Diesel Trucks
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced it is now accepting grant applications under the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks, buses, and other vehicles and equipment through the Driving PA Forward Program. Grants are for both public and private entities.

Deadline for applications is February 28 and DEP is only accepting online applications. A walk-through the application process can be found here. The last page of the walk-through has DEP contact info should you have questions.

This grant is being funded through the 2018 Volkswagen settlement regarding emissions.

A webinar on the grant program will be held on February 4 starting at 10:00. Registration is here.

The application package, including guidance and application instructions, is available here.

Should you apply, please let Josie Gaskey know.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Registration is Open for the Last Spring Regional Combined Technical Community Meeting - Eastern, PA
March 12, 2019

PACA Combined Technical Community Meeting

Associated Builders and Contractors, 430 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA

Featured Technical Presentation – Topic to be Determined

8:30 - 10:30 am - Combined Concrete & Cement Technical Community

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Regional DME/ DMM, QA, PTC, & PennDOT LTS join us

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Working lunch on topics for all including Pub 40 rewrite

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Technical presentation - topic to be determined.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Aggregate Technical with DME/ DMM, LTS, and PTC

2:30 - 4:00 pm - Aggregate Technical Community Meeting
Technical News
Register TODAY for the Concrete 201 Course
Concrete 201 – The Next Step in Mix Design Knowledge

Concrete 201 returns for 2019 and, this year, it will be offered at the PennDOT Materials Laboratory.

This class features hands on practice and training from our expert faculty on next level mix design topics including: Lightweight, Slip Form, Pumping Adjustments, High Strength, SCC, Heavyweight, and RCC. The course begins at 8:30 am., and adjourns at 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Concrete 201 in 2019 will be held:

February 12, 2019

PennDOT Materials Laboratory, 81 Lab Lane, Harrisburg, PA

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures, PCA EB 001, is the required reference for this course.

You may either bring your own copy or purchase a copy through PACA.

Course cost without PCA EB 001: $110

Course cost when ordering PCA EB 001: $185
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
MSHA Powered Haulage Initiative Update
At today's MSHA Stakeholder call, MSHA officials reviewed the Powered Haulage Initiative, due to over 50 percent of fatalities in the Powered Haulage category. Effective February 2019, MSHA inspectors will be discussing best practices and distribute materials, including stickers, during regular inspections.

MSHA's Best Practices include: Traffic control, Awareness of Blind Spots, Clear Communication, Flashing Lights and other Visibility Devices for Small Vehicles and Collision Warning or Awareness Systems.

More information can be found here.
Safety & Health News
MSHA Civil Penalties Rising
The federal Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015 requires that MSHA (Mine Safety & Health Administration) adjust their civil monetary penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. These adjustments are usually published in the Federal Register, effective the published date. Due to the government shutdown, the final version has not yet been published in the Federal Register.

A chart illustrating the changes from 2018 to 2019 can be found here. In general, the penalty increases are approximately 2.5 percent from 2018 to 2019.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record
With zero fatalities a primary goal for all companies, MSHA is reporting that 27 mining fatalities occurred in 2018, which is the second lowest number ever recorded. Sixteen of these occurred in the noncoal industry. The individual reports can be accessed here.

Eighteen fatalities occurred at surface operations; nine occurred in underground mines. Approximately 250,000 miners work across 12,000 U.S. metal/nonmetal mines, and 83,000 miners work in the nation’s 1,200 coal mines.

Powered haulage was the primary cause of fatalities, which accounted for 13 fatalities or 48 percent of the annual total. In response, MSHA has taken action to counter powered haulage fatalities, including requesting stakeholder input on technologies and practices that can improve safety conditions related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors. MSHA's Powered Haulage Safety Initiative to educate miners and mine operators on the hazards associated with such equipment can be found here.

Please direct any ideas you may have to improve safety conditions related to mobile equipment and belt conveyors to Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
Additional Aggregate Technician Certification Course Added to Schedule
Due to the high demand for registration in the Aggregate Technician Certification Course, an additional course date has been added to the schedule - April 8-9, 2019.
Industry Events
Industry Events
Pennsylvania Concrete Conference Scheduled for February 20-21 in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Concrete Conference takes place February 20 & 21 at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey. By partnering with the ACPA/PA in presenting this conference, our members are able to take advantage of discounted registration fees. If you wish to attend, exhibit, and/or sponsor click here. Reasonable lodging fees for conference attendees are available; to make your on-line reservation, click here.

College students and academia may register at a reduced rate. Feel free to pass along the following link to any individual who has an interest in transportation topics.

Below is the latest copy of the agenda for the Conference; an updated version will be posted at Should you have any questions, please contact the ACPA/PA by calling Cindy at 717-441-3506 or by emailing her at [email protected].
Industry Events
Performance Engineered Mixtures Workshop - February 21, 2019, Harrisburg, PA
Are you a concrete road or bridge builder, concrete producer, or materials technician? Do you want to use, supply, or specify quality and consistent concrete? If yes, then you’ll not want to miss learning about Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM), as well as other innovative tests related to concrete materials & construction relevant to field performance that should be considered. This workshop on PEM takes place Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, 4650 Lindle Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17111. Cost is $25.
Industry Events
Command Alkon to Offer their Annual Winter Training Days in Boston Next Month
Command Alkon will offer their annual Winter TRAININGDAYS classes in Boston on Feb 5-8, 2019. System users and administrators gather at these events to enhance skills on system use and configuration and to review best practices for receiving maximum value from their systems.
Job Postings
Job Postings
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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
Fenner Dunlop Seeks Mining Technicians
Fenner Dunlop Conveyer Services, PACA's newest Associate Member, in Homer City, PA, has immediate openings for mining technicians. If you like a fast paced environment, challenging assignments, and daily variety this could be the job for you! The ideal candidate will have prior mining experience, conveyor belt installation and maintenance experience, or mechanical/electrical/industrial construction experience. However, we are willing to consider and invest in candidates that agree to go through intense training both on the job and in a classroom in lieu of prior experience.
Job Postings
Specialty Granules Seeks Experienced Instrumentation & Electrical Technician
Specialty Granules LLC (SGI) is seeking an experienced Instrumentation & Electrical Technician at their Plant in Blue Ridge Summit, PA.

Members in the News
Members in the News
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Stalite Unveils New, Modern Logo to Align with its Global Market Footprint
Strong. Reliable. Global. For eight decades, Stalite of Salisbury, NC, has been a leader in the aggregate industry in the United States. Due to the unique, high performance characteristics of its expanded lightweight slate, Stalite’s market footprint has expanded globally. To reflect Stalite’s growth and stature, the firm has unveiled a new logo for 2019.
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