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PACA Conveyor – Week of January 9, 2020
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1. PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
2. PACA News
3. Promotion News
4. Certification News
5. Advocacy News
6. Environmental News
7. Industry Events
8. Technical News
9. Please Help

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PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
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Concrete Promotion, All It Needs to Scceed Is U!
Last month, promotion efforts by Bob Housel and Lanny Kipp at Masters Ready Mix resulted in a big win for their company. Two projects, both originally to be constructed in asphalt, were "flipped" to roller compacted concrete (RCC). Combined, the projects accounted for about 11,000 cubic yards of additional concrete on the Masters bottom line - NICE!

In both cases, the staff at Masters saw an opportunity to promote RCC and partnered with the right placement contractor (Wayne Companies dba Florida RCC) to get the job done. In addition to finding the right contractor, Bob and Lanny took advantage of the many promotion resources available to them including the NRMCA's Design Assistance Program. Specific information on the program, and a host of other tools are found on the SpecifyConcrete website.

A case study on the first project, GasSearch Drilling Services, and a video featuring the job are available for your review. Staff will be developing a case study on the Proctor & Gamble project, which was completed last month. When completed it will be posted on the website. A couple of pictures from the project accompany this article.

We hope that the possibility of bringing promotion success to your organization will cause you to reach out to PACA staff for a discussion on how to leverage our resources and make them work for you.

Looking forward to hearing form you all in 2020!
Certification News
Certification News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Certification News
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PACA to Offer New ACI Certification Program
As a Sponsoring Group for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), PACA annually conducts concrete testing certification classes for over 500 individuals. We will be adding to our portfolio of certifications in 2020.

Two new classes will be added to the current list of certification offerings which include Concrete Field Testing Technician (Grade I), Concrete Flatwork Associate and Advanced Concrete Finisher and Concrete Strength Testing Technician. The two new classes will be for Adhesive Anchor Installer and Post Installed Concrete Anchor Installation Inspector.

An Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in concrete. The Adhesive Anchor Installer must also demonstrate possession of the knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determine when it is appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when additional guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer is needed.

A certified Post-Installed Concrete Anchor Installation Inspector* is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge required to properly inspect the installation of post-installed adhesive and mechanical anchors in concrete. The Inspector must understand the responsibilities and qualification requirements of the Installer, inspection requirements as cited in the documents governing the construction of the project, and the process governing the qualification of anchor systems.

*This expanded program includes and covers all of the Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector program materials; certification candidates are now directed to this program for concrete anchor inspection certification.

We are excited to offer these new classes which will begin with an Adhesive Anchor Installer class being offered on March 23rd and 24th at Rohrer's Concrete.

If you are interested in learning more about these certifications or assisting us as a supplemental examiner (and we always need those) please contact Ken Crank.
Certification News
ACI Flatwork Certification Changes
ACI (American Concrete Institute) has recently made some slight changes to their Concrete Flatwork certification classes. The changes are minor and will not affect how PACA offers them.

In the past, those certified would be considered either a Concrete Flatwork Technician or a Concrete Flatwork Finisher. In both cases the requirements included passing a written exam. The distinction between a Technician and a Finisher was based on the number of hours of actual finishing required. To become a Finisher, the individual seeking the certification is required to have over 4500 hours.

The new certifications and their descriptions are as follows:

A Concrete Flatwork Associate (formerly Concrete Flatwork Technician) is a person who has demonstrated knowledge (via a written examination) on proper procedures to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

An Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher (formerly Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Technician) is a craftsman who has demonstrated the knowledge AND skills and/or experience necessary to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

Our industry has seen concrete flatwork certification become more prevalent in project specifications. If you work with concrete placement professionals, we encourage you to discuss certification with them. Better yet, if you would like to offer certification and host a certification event at your facility, please contact Ken Crank to learn more. The cold winter months are a great time to conduct a class.
Advocacy News
Drew Compton Confirmed as Commonwealth Court Judge
Many of you may remember Drew Compton from our Annual Meeting and PA Politics 101. Drew was the longtime Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to the Republican Senator from Jefferson County, Senator Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tem. His presentations were always on target and amusing.

On December 18, 2019, the Senate confirmed Drew to fill the vacant seat on Commonwealth Court by a 42-7 vote. The seven 'no' votes were all from Democrats.

He will be serving a two-year term replacing Judge Robert Simpson, who retired in August 2019.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP and Manganese - The Impact on Your Business
At the December 17, 2019 Environmental Quality Board (EQB) meeting, the Board approved moving forward DEP’s proposed rulemaking for manganese. DEP has proposed the following changes to 25 PA Code Chapter §93.7, Table 3 and 25 PA Code Chapter §93.8c, Table 5:

• Proposed amendments to Chapter 93: DEP is recommending a numeric water quality criterion of 0.3 mg/L for manganese purportedly to protect human health from neurotoxicological effects of manganese. This proposed human health criterion would be more stringent than the existing Potable Water Supply criterion for manganese of 1.0 mg/L. Since the proposed human health numeric criterion will be included in Table 5, it would apply in all surface waters of the Commonwealth.

• Proposed amendments to Chapter 96: The proposed rulemaking includes language which supports two different alternatives for implementing the proposed human health criterion for manganese of 0.3 mg/L. The first alternative (consistent with Act 40) is to move the point of compliance to the point of all existing or planned surface potable water supply withdrawals as provided in § 96.3(d). The second alternative is to maintain the existing point of compliance in all surface waters (i.e., at the point of discharge). DEP is recommending receiving public comment on both alternatives.

This proposed rulemaking has not been published in the PA Bulletin, but there will be a 45-day comment period with public hearings once published. The Department is meeting with stakeholders this month.

We are recommending you review your NPDES permit application and permit for manganese data. Should you find data above 0.3 mg/l, please contact Josie Gaskey as soon as possible.

Additionally, if you have any information regarding control measures and associated costs, contact Josie Gaskey as soon as possible.
Industry Events
Industry Events
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Don’t Miss CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, the largest trade show in North America for the construction and construction materials industries, is only two months away from opening. More than 2.5 million square feet of equipment will be on display in Las Vegas from March 10-14.

The expanded footprint this year connects the Las Vegas Convention Center with the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, giving attendees ten different areas to explore the latest equipment directly from the manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the latest product innovations and knowledge resources to help your business grow.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s comprehensive education program is the leading source for contractors and material producers to obtain cutting-edge information. Some of those education offerings include sessions on crushing, screening, concrete mix design, and troubleshooting concrete surface defects.

Returning for its second year is the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience, with presentations including a “Crash Course on 3D Printing of Concrete Structures,” “Gadgets in Construction” and “Turning Concrete into a Battery.”

As an added bonus, both the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association are holding their Annual Conventions in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG Truly a one-stop shop for industry professionals to learn, experience and network with peers from across the globe!
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Registration is now open for the 2020 PACA Technical Community Meetings
In 2020, we will continue with the regional meeting format that was introduced in 2019 and was rated favorably by our members. Regional PennDOT DME’s, QA personnel, and LTS personnel will once again be invited to join us at each of these meetings.

The dates and locations are:

Central PA Feb. 4, 2020 New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc.

127 NESL Drive

Roaring Spring, PA 16673

To register, please click here.

Western PA Feb. 25, 2020 Doubletree Hotel Cranberry Township

910 Sheraton Drive

Mars, PA 16046

To register, please click here.

Eastern PA March 3, 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors

430 W. Germantown Pike

East Norriton, PA 19403

To register, please click here.

Tentative Schedule:

9:30 – 11:00 am Review of Items from the AQIC, Concrete QIC and CMQIC

11:00 am –12.00 pm Review of Items for discussion from DME/DMM’s & QA

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Working lunch - Pub 408 rewrite changes and discussion of items from PennDOT LTS

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Open Discussion on Aggregates, Concrete, and CM Specification Policies

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

The dates and locations are:

PACA Aggregates Technical Community Meeting - April 8, 2020

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

325 University Drive

Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Concrete Technical Community - April 16, 2020

Hershey Country Club

1000 E. Derry Road

Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Cementitious Materials Technical Community - April 22, 2020

Hershey Country Club

1000 E. Derry Road

Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.
Technical News
Concrete 101 Mix Designs and Concrete 201 Specialty Mix Designs Courses for Scheduled for 2020
Back for a second encore in 2020 are: Concrete 101 - Concrete Mix Designs and Concrete 201 - Specialty Concrete Mix Designs

To register for Concrete 101 or Concrete 201, please click here.

Concrete 101 – Concrete Mix Designs

This class will allow those new to the industry and those who wish to learn more about concrete mix designs an opportunity to design concrete mixes with hands-on guidance from our faculty of industry experts. This one-day class will be held in three convenient locations across Pennsylvania:

March 5, 2020 Holiday Inn Express Meadville

I-79, Exit 147A

18240 Conneaut Lake Road

Meadville, PA 16335

March 24, 2020 PennDOT Engineering District 9-0

1620 North Juniata Street

Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

March 26, 2020 PennDOT Engineering District 5-0

1002 Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA 18101

Course Schedule

7:30 AM - Registration

8:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM - The Materials of Concrete

9:00 AM - Admixtures

9:45 AM - Break

10:00 AM - Fibers and Other Additives

10:30 AM - Mix Design Procedures and Examples

12:00 PM - Lunch and Networking with Industry Peers

12:30 PM - Mix Design Projects - Small Group Project

2:00 PM - Presentation and Discussion of Mix Design Projects

3:00 PM - Adjournment

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: $85

Course cost when ordering PCA EB 001: $160

Concrete 201 – The next step in mix design knowledge

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 will be held at:

April 10, 2020 PA Department of Transportation Engineering District 2-0

70 PennDOT Drive

Clearfield, PA 16830

April 29, 2020 New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Ontelaunee Pavilion

RT 61 Leesport, 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

To register for Concrete 101 or Concrete 201, please click here.
Please Help
Please Help
Helping a Toddler Who's Battling a Rare Disease
PACA has seen recent posts and articles on Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company's involvement with a three-year old battling a rare disease and we wish to encourage others to participate.

Zachary Reesey is battling a rare disease (Kawasaki Disease) that has progressed quickly. Kawasaki disease is an illness that causes inflammation (swelling and redness) in blood vessels throughout the body. It happens in three phases, and a lasting fever usually is the first sign. The condition most often affects kids younger than 5 years old. in Zach's case, the only remedy is a heart transplant. Zach's condition has become critical and he is now staying at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia until a heart becomes available.

Zach visited an open house event at Cleveland Brother's Lancaster Branch as he has a love and passion for construction equipment - specifically mini excavators.

The family does not need money, food, toys or any donations, they are simply asking for cards of encouragement or to make him laugh to be sent to Zach letting him know how special he is. The suggestion is to include pictures of yourself with your construction equipment to lift his spirits and show him how great our industry really is!

If you have a moment, please consider sending Zach a card, or note of encouragement.

Address is below, please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think would like to brighten the day for this little guy!

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

3401 Civic Center Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

c/o Zachary Reesey

Many thanks to Cleveland Brothers for their involvement with this special little boy!
Please Help
53rd Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop - February 11-13 - Williamsburg, VA
I would like to extend an invitation to the 53rd Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop, hosted by VDOT, February 11-13, 2020, at the Williamsburg Lodge in historic Williamsburg, VA.

The Workshop will begin on Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 P.M. and will conclude on Thursday, February 13th at 12 noon.

The workshop consists of a general session on Tuesday, followed by breakout sessions in Concrete, Asphalt, Metals, Soils and Aggregates and Maintenance, on Wednesday February 12th from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and in conclusion a closeout session on Thursday, February 13th. The theme for the 2020 workshop is “Continuing the Quality Revolution”. The agenda for the workshop has been posted to the website, and is subject to some minor changes.

This mission of the Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop is to promote, adopt and emphasize new transportation technologies and the implementation of proactive policies, practices, and procedures that ensure life-cycle expectations of the transportation infrastructure at minimum overall cost. This workshop will offer a wide range of informational sessions on the latest technologies and practices to support this mission.

Registration and hotel reservations may be found on the QAW Website.

When making hotel arrangements please inform the reservation agent that you are attending the QAW to ensure you get the negotiated room rate. You can access the QAW hotel registration page by clicking on the link below.

We look forward to your continued participation in the workshop. If you have any additional questions regarding the QAW, please send an email to [email protected].


John Schuler, PE

Assistant State Materials Engineer

Virginia Department of Transportation
Please Help
22nd Annual ACPA/PA Concrete Conference
Our members are again being offered the opportunity to participate at the Annual ACPA/PA Concrete Conference at a reduced Industry Partner Registration Rate. Learn about the latest state-of the-practice in concrete pavement and other concrete technologies, network with industry, academia, and owner agency personnel, earn professional development hours, and hear about cost-effective practices that can make or save your company money.

This conference takes place on February 19-20, 2020 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. Use the button below for details about the Conference including the agenda, lodging information, and to register. Note that reduced registration fees are also being offered to you if you wish to exhibit or sponsor.