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PACA Conveyor – Week of June 11, 2020
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Forward - A Message from PACA Chairman of the Board, Rod Martin
I have reached out to you periodically to address key issues that impact our industry and Association. We have heard over and over how this is an unprecedented time for our nation, our businesses and our families. We all do our best to prepare for the worst, but the reality is that we got caught unprepared by the pandemic sweeping the entire planet.

We are an industry of entrepreneurs who are accustomed to economic cycles of highs and lows. We persevere and learn each and every time a challenge is presented. Our employees recognize the ups and downs and our families understand the string of 80-hour weeks followed by the calmness and quiet of wintertime. We adapt, adjust and transform each and every time. Similarly, our Association has evolved during the last three months to better serve our needs and continue to drive value to our members. We have adapted by offering more online events when in-person interaction was revoked by decree; we have adjusted our goals by focusing on improvements and efficiencies in our internal systems and online products; and, we have transformed our communications and engaged many state and national voices at our Members Forums so that we can better position our businesses during these unprecedented times.

No question. Our business, our employees, our families, our Commonwealth and OUR nation are faced with much uncertainty nowadays. Let’s not forget our strengths - that we are a nation of dreamers, believers and doers. We will move FORWARD because we are an exceptional people and industry.


Rod Martin, Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.

PACA's Chairman of the Board
Urge your US Senators to Support State DOT Relief – ACT NOW
Senator Rounds (R-SD) is leading the THIS LETTER to Senate leadership to support the inclusion of a $50 billion backstop for state DOTs. We urge you to contact Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Sen. Pat Toomey and ask them to sign onto the Senator Rounds’s letter. The letter is expected to close on Monday morning.

We are all aware that PennDOT has eliminated over $100 million in projects due to the Motor License Fund shortfall. We simply can’t afford to lose more projects. PennDOT has publicly stated that Pennsylvania’s share of the $50 billion backstop will allow them to deliver a $2.3 billion program rather than the now anticipated $1.8 billion program.

ACT NOW by using the joint NSSGA/NRMCA/PCA grassroots tool via the button below. Contact Peter Vlahos with any questions.
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Membership Keyboard
PACA Announces Launch of Associate Members Directory
We are pleased to announce the an online directory of our Associate Members is now LIVE on PACA's website! The directory is a complete listing of all of our industry partners providing products and services to our producer members.

The listings include contact information for each company. Details included in the listing are based on permissions given by each company who submitted their profile updates. Also included, for those who did update their profiles, are a list of all products and services provided by those companies.

When clicking on the SEARCH button in the upper left corner of directory, one can use the drop down menus and search by product/service and a list of all PACA member companies (who updated their profiles) will be displayed.

You may access the directory directly via the link below or find it on the home page of our website - in the upper right hand corner.

PRODUCER MEMBERS - A similar directory for all quarry sites, ready mixed concrete and cement plants is also in the works. Profiles are still being updated in PACA's Association Management System (AMS) and the directory will go live when all information is updated. Again, listings will be searchable by county and product for those companies who have updated their profiles.

Coming in the Fall of 2020 - We are in the process of moving to a new and improved AMS system that will provide more robust reporting of sales leads coming from our directories, enhanced listing options making the directory more beneficial to members and more! This is a long and involved process to move data from one system to the other, so with patience and hardwork, the newer and better product will be available in the Fall of 2020.

Thank you to all who submitted their updates. We hope that you find these products helpful as another member benefit.
Environmental News
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
Environmental News
Turzai Era Ends
PA Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced yesterday that he will be stepping down on June 15 to pursue new opportunities. As reported by Hank Butler, PACA Lobbyist, at Tuesday’s Members Forum webinar, this is not a surprise as rumors have been floating since the early spring. Rep. Turzai was a good friend of our industry and his leadership will be missed in the Capitol.

Now the jockeying for the next Speaker and subsequent positions in House Republican Leadership has started with a number of candidates expressing interest in numerous leadership posts. Look for an update from our Lobbyist in the near future.

One thing that is certain is that in early January 2021, when the next General Assembly takes their oath, there will be many new faces due to the announced retirements and a new leadership team in both Chambers with Speaker Turzai’s imminent resignation and the announced retirement of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
During the past few months, all of us have been inundated with offers for webinars and online learning opportunities. I have tried to be very selective and forward to you only those that offer good value for the use of your time. Below are links to upcoming webinars that more than fit that category.

The first is a series of webinars from the Slag Cement Organization (in a reprint from Concrete Products yesterday). Two of these feature Clay McCabe with Argos Cement and Shawn Kalyn with St. Mary’s Cement. Clay and Shawn are valuable members of, and significant contributors to the efforts of the PACA Technical Communities. Knowing that they will be presenting these webinars ensures that they will be informative and worthwhile. REGISTER HERE.

Below that is a link to a webinar on measuring concrete quality using petrography presented by Dave Rothstein with DRP, A Twinning Company. Dave brings a very high level of expertise to this subject. I have had the opportunity to work with Dave on several ACI Committees. He is one of the most widely respected members of these committees. To register for this webinar, email Meredith Strow at [email protected].


NRMCA Resources for Improving Concrete Quality

Presented by Karthik Obla (NRMCA)

Thursday, June 18 1-2 PM Eastern Time

Improved concrete quality can lower product costs, increase revenues and profit margins. NRMCA offers various resources to members for improving concrete quality. The first half of this webinar will discuss how a producer can take advantage of the various resources available and improve quality. The second half of the webinar will discuss the updated NRMCA Producer Excellence in Quality award application form and what it takes to put together a good quality award application. All attendees, regardless of company size, markets served, and experience level will benefit from attending this webinar.

Please register at:
Technical News
Civil Engineering Graduate Student Receives Two NASA Fellowships
Peter Collins, a civil engineering doctoral candidate, recently received a three-year NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity (NSTGRO), formerly known as a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, and a one-year Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium NASA Graduate Fellowship to study how concrete can be developed in space.

“Civil engineering is not a heavily represented field in the realm of space technology, but the future goals for human space exploration are starting to change that narrative, and I am proud to be a part of it,” Collins said.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP District Mining Office Reorg and Losses
A minor reorganization of the DEP District Mining Offices has been officially implemented. No DEP employees will be moved or relocated. All District Mining Offices will remain open and the reorganization is focused on the management structure and reporting. This reorganization began long before the pandemic and was put on hold until recently.

>>The Knox and New Stanton Offices will no longer have a District Mining Manager (DMM). The DMM positions in the Knox and New Stanton Offices have been reclassified to Environmental Program Managers (EPM) who will manage the day-to-day operations of the office, but will report to the DMM of the Moshannon and Cambria Offices respectively. Chris Yeakle will continue to work out of class managing the Knox Office and Dave Thomas will continue to manage the day-to-day of the New Stanton Office until both EPM positions have been filled.>>DMM Nate Houtz will now manage both the Moshannon and Knox Offices.>>DMM Dave Thomas will now manage the Cambria and New Stanton Offices.>>Personnel, expenditures and programmatic decisions previously made by the DMM of the offices will now be made by the DMMs of the new managing office.>>DEP Central Office will be submitting Hiring Freeze Exemptions to fill the Environmental Program Manager positions.

>>Additionally, Joe Iole, Central Office Mining Program legal counsel, and Rock Martin, Cambria DMO permits chief, have accepted positions with OSMRE (Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement).Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
On June 17 at 11:00 a.m., Adele Abrams from The Law Office of Adele Abrams will be presenting a webinar entitled COVID-19 and SAFETY: THE REOPENING. This is a forward focused update and will contain updated information presented by Adele.Use the following registration information:Please register for COVID-19 and SAFETY: THE REOPENING on Jun 17, 2020 11:00 AM EDT at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities