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PACA Conveyor – Week of March 18, 2021
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Penn College Concrete Science Students Seek Summer Internships
Students enrolled in the Concrete Science curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology are currently seeking summer internships.

If any PACA member concrete producer are interested in hiring a summer intern, please contact Frank Reber at [email protected].
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP Increases Water Program Fees
At Tuesday’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) meeting, the Board voted 16-3 to approve as final rulemaking, DEP’s changes to their Water Quality Management (WQM) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Application Fees and Annual Fees. The final-form rulemaking raises up to $6.5 million in additional revenue annually for the Department’s Bureau of Clean Water Program. DEP first put this rulemaking package into play in 2018. These fees take effect when published in the PA Bulletin.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Noncoal Bond Schedule
The March 13thPA Bulletin includes the PA Noncoal Bond Schedule. The bond schedule echoes the statutory requirement that the amount of bond shall be the estimated cost to the Department if it had to complete the reclamation, restoration and abatement work under the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act.

The rates are effective March 13, 2021, and will remain in effect until they are revised.

The rates have not changed from last year.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Invasive Species Alert
The PA Fish and Boat Commission is alerting consumers about aquarium products that may be infested with invasive Zebra Mussels.

These products, known as "moss balls," are a popular type of living aquarium plant sold in several states, including Pennsylvania.

It was recently discovered that a batch of these products, which are marketed under popular brand names such as "Betta Buddy" or "Mini Marimo Moss Balls," was contaminated with invasive Zebra Mussels and distributed to pet stores across the country.

While several major pet product retailers, including Petco and PetSmart, have proactively removed these products from their shelves, PFBC Waterways Conservation Officers in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, have confirmed the presence of these contaminated products in at least one Pennsylvania store.

The potential spread of this invasive species is a major concern for our aquatic resources in Pennsylvania.

Zebra Mussels are small black and white striped, "D-Shaped" bivalves about the size of a thumbnail or smaller and may not be visible to the naked eye in these moss balls.

The PFBC urges anyone who has purchased a moss ball within the past several weeks to follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidance on how to properly disinfect moss balls and clean aquarium systems.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Meetings, Events & Certifications
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Meetings, Events & Certifications
Upcoming PACA Meetings / Events

April 16 - Building with Insulated Concrete Forms Event, Lebanon, PA - REGISTER

May 27 - PACA Environmental Community Meeting, Hershey, PA - REGISTER


March 19 - Concrete Promotion in 2021 Webinar - REGISTER

March 23 - PACA Members Forum Webinar with Guest Speaker Emily Coyner, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - REGISTER

March 23 - PACA Young Leaders Town Hall Meeting - REGISTER

March 24 - PACA Combined Technical Community Meeting - REGISTER

April 6 - PACA Members Forum Webinar with Guest Speakers YLDG Chair, Vice Chair - Brianne Hastings & Dan Ridenour - REGISTER
Meetings, Events & Certifications
Upcoming Certification Opportunities
April 8 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Wilkes-Barre, PA - REGISTER

April 22 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Carlisle, PA - REGISTER

April 29 - ACI Post-Installed Concrete Anchor Installation Inspector Certification Exam - Grantville, PA - REGISTER

May 10 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I WRITTEN RETEST Exam, Bethlehem, PA - REGISTER

May 11 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Bethlehem, PA - REGISTER

May 12 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Bethlehem, PA - REGISTER

June 23 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Leesport, PA - REGISTER

June 24 - ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Exam, Leesport, PA - REGISTER
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
All PACA Members Welcome to Attend the PACA Combined Technical Communities Meeting
Please join members of our Technical Communities next Wednesday for a meeting of our Combined Technical Communities.

Agenda and registration information is below.

PACA Combined Technical Communities Meeting

Wednesday March 24, 2021 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Welcome and review of PACA Antitrust policy
  • Concrete Topics - 2:00 pm – 2:25 pm
    • Presentation – Steve Somerville – Mapei - Re-Con Zero Evo US
    • Discussion of 501 vs 704 Class AA Accelerated Issue
    • Open Discussion
  • Topics for All - 2:25 pm – 2:35 pm
    • eTicketing Pilot Projects Aggregate and Concrete
    • Format and Frequency of PACA Technical Community Meetings
  • Aggregate Topics 2:35 pm -3:00 pm
    • Discussion of Potential Industry Items of AQIC Consideration
    • Discussion of Review of “over Spec’d” Aggregate Specs in 408
    • Any new thoughts since our February meeting?
    • Open Discussion
Technical News
e-Ticketing Pilot Projects Released
A list of the 2021 pilot projects requiring e-Tickets for Aggregate, Concrete, or Asphalt has been released.
Members in the News
Members in the News
Dave Semple
York Building Products Names New President
York, PA-based York Building Products announces the recent appointment of Dave Semple as President. Dave will lead York’s Aggregate and Masonry concerns and will also be responsible for the Safety and Procurement functions. He will ensure collaboration across all building products businesses.

Dave comes to York Building Products with a background in Finance and Operations, which he acquired during his 17-year career at Dentsply Sirona. His most recent position was Sr. Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, and he also served in a dual role as the Business Transformation Officer. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and has participated in numerous acquisitions.

Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Shippensburg University and also has his CPA. He has participated in a number of leadership programs, including one through the University of North Carolina’s Kennan Flagler School of Business.

York Building Products is a York, PA-based manufacturer of concrete masonry units, hardscape products, concrete lintels, and colored cements for masonry. In addition, they own multiple aggregate quarry concerns in PA & MD. For more information about York Building Products, please visit
Members in the News
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