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PACA Conveyor – Week of July 25, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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PACA Young Leaders Conference Coming to Pittsburgh - October 16-17th
This year's Young Leaders Development Group (YLDG) Leadership and Team Building Conference moves to western Pennsylvania - Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh to be exact. The conference is being held October 16 and 17.

Day one begins just after lunchtime with a half-day presentation by Mr. Andy Masters. Andy is an award-winning author and leadership expert who creatively uses Hollywood cinematography and an interactive multi-media experience to help emerging leaders develop and empower their organizations. He uses powerful leadership principles to provide take-home action items to help conference attendees succeed in today's "do more with less" economy.

That evening, the Young Leaders will attend a networking dinner at a very special location - to be announced!

On the morning of October 17th, after a delicious breakfast, the group will embark on a quest to help the local community of Pittsburgh through a community service project - part of the mission and purpose of PACA's Young Leaders Development Group.

PACA's YLDG conference is open to any PACA member company employee ages 40 and under - whether a producer member in the aggregates, concrete or cement industries or an Associate business partner.

Watch for more information on registering for this event coming to you very soon!
PACA Board of Directors Seeks Candidates
The PACA Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the 2019 election cycle for a 3-year term from 2020 to 2022. Interested candidates should email their interest and qualifications to Peter Vlahos.

The PACA Board is open to any member producer of concrete, aggregates and/or cement only.

Deadline is August 16th to respond.
Associate Board Accepting Nominations
PACA's Associate Board of Directors is also searching for nominees for the 2019 election cycle for a 3-year term from 2020 to 2022. Interested candidates should email their interest and qualifications to Kallie Kline.

The Associate Board is open to any supplier partner that is a member of PACA.

Please note that the PACA bylaws state "one company, one vote," therefore if there is a representative from your corporate entity currently sitting on the the board, another candidate is ineligible to serve.

Deadline is August 16th to respond.
How to Highlight & Honor Outstanding Individuals in the Industry
The workers of the aggregates, concrete and cement industries in Pennsylvania have helped to make our state what it is today! The PACA Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding individuals in the industry for their outstanding achievements and their contributions to their country, their community, their company and/or the industry as a whole.

Nominees may be recognized by their companies or peers for significant contributions including, but not necessarily limited to, loyalty to a company through long term employment, leadership, safety, ingenuity, service to the community, service to their country, and/or stewardship to the environment.

To be nominated, the person must have good character, have shown enthusiasm for his or her work, have a good safety and work record, and have been an employee that has added value to his or her country, community company and/or the industry. Nominations are open to employees of producer and associate member companies and should be made by someone from the employee’s company or a colleague with the approval of the employee’s company to do so.

Nominate an outstanding employee today by completing the nomination information and returning it to Kallie Kline by no later October 4, 2019.
It's Time to Submit Your Excellence Concrete Projects for PACA's Honors Program
Annually, PACA bestows the Association’s annual Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards to those outstanding projects that highlight what makes this industry great. The Recognition Awards honor those projects that show superiority and distinction in the areas of commercial, residential, decorative projects and/or other projects, companies or people of note in Pennsylvania.

It is time to start thinking about honoring our best at this year’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 18-19, 2019, at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The guidelines for nomination eligibility for these awards are available below. In order to be considered for the concrete awards, please submit all required materials to Ken Crank by no later than October 4, 2019.

**Please note, when mailing hardcopies, PACA's office has moved. Hardcopies should be sent to 2040 Linglestown Road, Ste. 204, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
You or Your Company Can Also Be Highlighted During the PACA Honors Program - Here's How!
While portions of the PACA Honors Program began many years ago - namely the Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Awards mentioned above - it was greatly expanded back in 2018. This enhanced program is an honored and cherished portion of the Annual Meeting in Hershey and we would value the opportunity to highlight your and/or your company's accomplishments at the meeting.

Honors may include the aforementioned PACA Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards, as well as, national awards recognition, participation on national boards, community recognition, etc.

If you company or an employee of your company has received any special recognitions that you would like the industry to be aware of, please contact Kallie Kline to be included in the Annual Meeting Honors Program.

Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
NRMCA Conducts Survey on CBD Oil Usage
The effects of specific drugs on driving skills differ depending on how they act in the brain. Marijuana (cannabis) has more than 100 active chemical components. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the component that causes the “high” in marijuana consumption. Cannabidiol or CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. CBD-dominant strains have little or no THC.

Many people report medical benefits of CBD use. The use of marijuana for medical and recreational use varies by state. (See this link for state information, updated June 2019.) However, it is still illegal from the federal government’s perspective.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) recently conducted a brief survey nationwide with the following anonymous responses. With their permission and our thanks, we are sharing this information due to the recent rise of CBD oil use across the nation.

NRMCA Question 7/18/19:

Cannabidiol, CBD oil, (made from cannabis plants) is a popular product for everything from pain control to anxiety to promoting sleep. However, with the rise of CBD oil comes the concern about CDL holders failing a drug test due to detection of CBD oil. News stories are emerging across the country involving truck drivers, who have gotten positive drug screening results for the presence of THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana, even though CBD oil is said to be THC-free. Has your company addressed this issue and can you share any company policies that you may have developed?

  • We’ve only had one driver over the years test positive and claim that he no longer smoked, but his room mate cooked their food in CBD oil. To save argument and technicalities, we still made him go through the rehab program, again, as previously he tested positive for marijuana. After successful completion of the program, he was allowed to return to duty. He is tested every month now, and has been successful ever since. We used the incident in a tool box talk to alert the rest of the drivers of the significant risks of CBD oil. We have had no issues since.
  • We discourage the use of CBD oil. Our drug policy for our cdl drivers is clear and the liability is too high if our driver were involved in an accident. We have terminated employee for failing drug test even though he claims in only used CBD oil. I have no proof and CBD oil is not risking my company's welfare.
  • This question has come up here and I have addressed it with our drug testing TPA as well as the MRO. From my understanding, PURE CBD oil does not contain THC. The issue lies in where you are buying the product and if it in fact is pure. Apparently there are some manufacturers that are selling it as pure, but it is not and does contain certain levels of THC. As a motor carrier, we are bound by the federal guidelines for drug testing. As always, before an MRO verifies a positive test result, they will contact the employee. If the employee states they are using CBD oil, they will take that under consideration. Based on the levels of concentration, they will verify positive or not. If you receive a verified positive from an MRO, you have to treat it as such and take the necessary steps.
  • Our company hasn’t had a complaint of a positive test because they used CBD, and we do both DOT and Non-DOT testing of employees.
  • Nothing, we’ve just advised our drivers not to use it until further data is available.
  • As we provide a drug free work environment for all of our employees, and as hemp/cannabis derived products are becoming more and more prevalent in society (not to mention marijuana now being legal in the great state of xxxxx), the issue in question is huge and is going to continue to grow. In conversations with a few of our xxxxx State Legislators, and with a presenter from the FMCSA at Concrete Works last year, we need to research and employ science that will allow us to determine at what point of detection of THC does one become impaired. In xxxx State, a blood alcohol percentage of 0.08 is considered impairment. We need something similar for Cannabis, considering that you are either positive or negative, and it stays in your system for 30 + days. I don’t know if we have lost anyone per the specifics sighted.
  • In theory this product should not be a problem as the THC content should be nearly zero. However, the final verdict is still out. There are many products and not validated to FDA standards. Ingestion of these products have the potential to create a positive due to the THC content. The CBD portion is not reportable. Unfortunately, each vendor may be different and the amount of supplement ingested varies widely.
  • I’ve had a couple of our employees question if they were to take the CDB oil would they fail a random drug test. The information that I have found is that some contain the THC and some state there is no THC. For the CBD oil to be effective in the way it is supposed to work, I’ve read that it would contain THC but maybe at a low enough level that they can say it has none. Either way the result on a drug test would be determined on how much the individual uses on a daily basis. For those employees that have asked, I’ve been advising them that it is up to them but they need to consider the risk and the possibility of losing their job.
  • We have gotten a lot of similar questions. We tell people that they are risking a positive drug test and will be terminated if THC shows up in their system regardless of how it got there.
  • We have zero tolerance.
Should you have any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
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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
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
PACA Staff Attends Joint PCA-NRMCA Promotion Committee Meeting
The last 12-18 months have seen the NRMCA and PCA work more cooperatively than ever. Much of this effort has been focused on aligning/re-defining the legislative and promotional direction of both organizations

PACA staff recently participated in a joint promotion committee meeting focused on developing the workplan for 2020. The joint committee includes staff from the NRMCA, PCA, ready mixed concrete producers, and state affiliates. It also covers the areas of pavement/building promotion, building codes, and sustainability.

The "Build With Strength" program continues to gather momentum and the NRMCA has added staff to support the expanding program. PACA will be working closely with NRMCA staff to bring opportunities in the building and pavement markets to our member companies.

As you see the potential for building and/or pavement projects in you area, please contact Ken Crank. He will gladly put the resources together to help you.
Promotion News
NRMCA Updates Multiple Concrete In Practice Documents (CIP's)
The NRMCA has published a series of 44 one page documents called "Concrete In Practice" (CIP's). These briefs contain technical information on a wide variety of topics. Our industry is encouraged to share this information with contractors, specifiers, etc.Seven of those documents (noted below) have been revised. They are available for download on the Concrete In Practice page of the SpecifyConcrete website.
  • #13 Blisters on Concrete Slabs
  • #21 Loss of Air Content in Pumped Concrete
  • #22 Grout
  • #23 Discoloration
  • #39 Maturity Methods to Estimate Concrete Strength
  • #40 Aggregate Popouts
  • #41 Acceptance Testing of Concrete
Please note that these are not printable versions. Should you wish to have printable files or hard copies please contact Ken Crank for more information.
Member News
Member News
Emerald Equipment Holding Live Equipment Demo
Emerald Equipment is hosting a 2-day LIVE DEMO event in Bridgewater, NJ, today and tomorrow. It will feature approx 6 machines ranging from Impactors, Jaws and Scalper screeners. There is still time to attend tomorrow's event if interested.

The focus of this event will be based around compact crushing and screening equipment, which can be utilized for a variety of applications such as construction & demolition, bricks, quarry and gravel banks.

The purpose of the event is to educate contractors on the viable equipment options available to process material onsite even in the tightest of locations and achieve a spec-sized product which can be reused.

Historically the material was trucked out to another site and processed or sent to landfill. Compact equipment allows the user to process onsite without increasing fuel emissions, transport or handling costs.
PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
Significant MS4 Fees Hit Aggregates, Concrete and Cement Members
PACA has started a conversation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in regards to fees charged by local government to comply with stormwater discharges though municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

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 three potential sources:

  • a. municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s),
  • b. construction activities, and
  • c. industrial activities.
As background, 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 you and I that will fund this mandate as homeowners and business owners. We have discussed this issue over the past two years but now we are seeing our members receive huge bills (thousands of dollars) for local government stormwater fees.

If your facility has received such a bill, please contact either Peter Vlahos or Josie Gaskey immediately, as we are attempting to resolve this with DEP.
PennDOT News
PennDOT News
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
PennDOT News
Dept. of General Services Announces New Invitation to Qualify
The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has launched a new Invitation to Qualify. The process for qualifying has changed considerably since the last ITQ went in place over 10 years ago. The DGS no longer accepts paper submissions and now everything must be transmitted through its JAGGAER portal. Instructions are included in the link below.