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PACA Conveyor – Week of May 28, 2020
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2. Guest Author
3. Environmental News
4. Promotion News
5. Safety & Health News
6. Technical News
7. Industry Events
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
E Learning Brochure
PACA Offers E-Learning Library Tools for Members
PACA is offering a new tool for our membership's toolbox - an E-Learning Library.

The library consists of not only the recordings of all the PACA member forums held so far this year, but also, all of the webinars offered by fellow PACA members since the pandemic of COVID-19 began.

The reality is that online learning is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Even once in-person meetings are viable, a hybrid approach to learning with both live meetings and online meetings will become the norm. This means that we will continue to hold webinars for our members as topics and speakers become relevant and available.

We have produced an E-Learning Library brochure listing all available recordings and will continue to add to this document as more products are added to the library. You can view the latest version via the button below.

As a member of PACA, if you and anyone in your company, has an e-learning opportunity you'd like to share with the full membership, please contact Kallie Kline.
Guest Author
Guest Author
Construction Culture Survey - By Wally Adamchik
The uncertainty of the coronavirus will be with us for a while. What is not uncertain is the need to attract and retain great people as you build an excellent workplace culture to flourish in good times and bad. Recent research on culture in the Construction Materials segment provides valuable insights on your path forward.

In some ways, Construction Materials is just like any other industry, including contracting. However, in a few important ways, the Materials sector differs from the broader construction industry, and this provides opportunity. There are precious few exemplary companies, far too many abysmal ones and, sadly, most are pretty darn average. But average is not a retention strategy. Creating a great culture might be your best profit strategy. There is a direct correlation between great workplace culture and increased profitability. FireStarter Speaking and Consulting, a national construction leadership consulting firm, recently asked nearly two hundred Construction Materials professionals about leadership and culture in their firm. We didn’t ask, “Are you having trouble finding people?” We asked, “Are you happy at work? Do you feel trusted?

The State of the American Workforce report by Gallup states that only 30% of employees are engaged at work. With those numbers, a football team would field eleven players, but only three or four would be really trying. But the first look at the Materials business confirms all is not lost! All respondents, from front line to the head office, reported a very high level of happiness at work: averaging 7.73 on scale of 1-10. While happiness does not equal engagement, it certainly does correlate.

Recognition and feedback are essential to high performance, yet this remains sorely lacking across all sectors. In Materials, 8% of respondents reported receiving daily feedback, while 21% responded weekly. Half replied they get feedback monthly and, perhaps most alarming, 25% said, “What’s recognition?” Harvard Business Review confirms that top performing teams give each other more than 5 positive comments for every criticism. This is an easy opportunity for you to improve culture in your firm.

Research has repeatedly shown a clear link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job. 68% of all respondents and 62% of field supervision answered Yes when asked if they had a close friend at work. (This compares favorably to the broader contractor segment where only 50% of field supervision reported Yes.) The greater opportunity remains at the hourly level, where only one-third of respondents replied Yes. We know that camaraderie is a building block of a great place to work. There are opportunities in your workplace to increase this.

A theme that will emerge for the Materials producers is the benefit of location. Working in a pit, quarry, or plant everyday isn’t like driving to remote job sites. This should make cohesion easier to create and sustain, if you work at it.

Another point of differentiation for the Materials sector is in safety. In prioritization and delivery, the scores on safety are higher. There is also a high level of consistency between these two questions. This is a major difference from the Contracting world, where there was a disconnect between safety being a priority, and safety being consistently delivered. Smaller crew sizes, less turnover, and less variability in the work are all contributors to the higher scores in Materials. Even at the hourly level, 87% of respondents affirmed safety as a priority that was delivered as well.

Work-life balance always seems to be an issue these days, yet the data shows decent levels in Contracting and Materials. 70% of all respondents across both segments agreed with the statement, “I am able to maintain a reasonable work life balance.” The outlier is field supervision at the Contractor level, where only 50% replied Yes. In Materials, field supervision was at the 75% level. This can be a point of emphasis in recruiting.

Musician Cheryl Crow sang that “a change would do you good,” but the majority of attempts at change often fall short. On this question, the materials executives confessed to these failings at a level of 55%. If leadership is about change for better results, it is troubling--perhaps even depressing--that over half of senior leadership (those who come up with the ideas and whose job it is to spearhead the change) say their efforts fall short. This signifies a huge opportunity for those who can crack the code on implementing change. Here are the Cliffs Notes: It takes longer than you think, and it requires a significant personal investment from leaders to sell the change. This “personal selling of change” is the fastest way to build trust, leverage relationships, and troubleshoot potential problems.

This next metric may surprise you, but it is entirely consistent across all business. One-quarter of all respondents said they had more to give when asked if they were working at full capacity! A whopping 62% of hourly repondents in the materials sector agreed. These people are saying they could do more! They are not overworked; they are under-challenged. This leads to disengagement. This finding underscores the idea that, rather than blaming the employee for performance or discipline issues, perhaps the supervisor should be evaluated first. Another positive note 91% said they would refer a friend and 89% said they trust their boss. In a time of anxiety and uncertainty, this is a becomes a point of leverage and opportunity.

There is no single solution to improve culture. The number one reason people stay in a job is because of a good relationship with their immediate supervisor. People don’t work for an industry; they work for a supervisor. What any reader can do is look inside their own organization and ask these questions to see how they compare. Very few firms attain Best in Class distinction. Over 90% of employees must respond that the culture is a great place to work to be confident it is true. But a firm need not be Best in Class today to be better tomorrow.

Efforts and actions that build trust are essential. Leaders living up to commitments and sincerely talking with employees builds trust. Helping people feel “in on things,” and giving candid feedback builds loyalty. All of these actions must be consistent and sustained. Excellence isn’t a program; it’s a way of life. Creating a great culture is an all-hands effort that starts with key leaders across all levels of the organization working together to execute a coherent human capital strategy.

Wally Adamchik is the President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting, a Raleigh, NC based construction leadership consulting firm. He can be reached at [email protected].
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Update
Governor Wolf's Executive Order to join RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) is meeting with little support from DEP's Advisory Committees. Last week, the Department's Citizen Advisory Council (CAC), voted against moving the proposed rulemaking package forward to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB). Similarly, the previous week the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC), also failed to support moving DEP's proposed rulemaking package forward.

Regardless, DEP is pushing forward with the proposed rulemaking and is currently working on developing what to do with the projected revenue this program will generate. No one gets to see that document though, as DEP indicated they have no plans to present it to the AQTAC or the CAC.

Gov. Wolf's October 2019 Executive Order has a July 31, 2020 date by which DEP is to develop rulemaking and present to the EQB.

Should you have any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
New Webcast Available - Navigating PACA's Design Assistance Program Page
We have added our fourth concrete promotion related webcast to our video page. Navigating PACA's Design Assistance Program Page provides visitors with a brief explanation of the two design services, one for buildings and one for pavement, available to users of the service. The best part - it's FREE.

If you are not familiar with these programs I encourage you to check out the video. Should you still have questions, please contact Ken Crank.
Promotion News
Find a Producer Page - Is Your Company Information Current?
One of the most visited pages on is "Find a Producer". By entering a zip code a potential customer can source what PACA member ready mixed concrete producers are available within a 25 mile radius.

This is a valuable service for our member companies, but it is only as good as the information that you provide to us. Has your phone number changed? Do you have a new address? If so, please make us aware of the change so we can add it to our database.

The process for checking is simple. Visit the page, enter the zip code for the location you are seeking and the search engine will do the rest.

Be sure your company can be found if someone is looking for it. Check it out today!
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
OSHA Issues Revised Guidance Documents
OSHA has revised two guidance documents pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis. On May 26, 2020, the previous memorandum on these topics will be rescinded, and these updated guidance documents will go into, and remain in effect, until further notice. These guidance documents are intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

1. The recording of occupational illnesses. The new temporary revised guidance, in OSHA’s typical tiny print, can be found here. This guidance states that “COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and thus employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if:

  • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5; and
  • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7.”
Note that “recording a COVID-19 illness does not, of itself, mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard. And pursuant to existing regulations, employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries have no recording obligations; they need only report work-related COVID-19 illnesses that result in a fatality or an employee's in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.”

2. Enforcement guidance – This guidance outlines what to expect from inspectors when they visit your facility, what they might ask you, and what is expected of you. This guidance can be found here.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
PACA Forms E-Ticketing Work Group
PennDOT has been working on pilot specifications for e-ticketing that predate the current need to provide all “paperwork” electronically. PACA reached out to those in the Department who have been working on this subject and we will be meeting with the Department within the next few weeks.

A survey was sent to all PACA Producer Members to learn what some of the common software systems are currently in use and to ask for volunteers to represent our industry in discussions with the Department.

Our thanks to these members who have agreed to represent our industries during our work with the Department to develop e-ticketing specifications.

Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association E-Ticketing Work Group

Jamie Stilley – Amerkohl Aggregates, Inc.

Michael Sis – Pennsy Supply Inc.

Joe Buckley – Allan Myers

Alan Stotz – Highway Materials, Inc.

Jeremy Heyser – H&K Group

Shawn Kalyn – St. Mary’s Cement, LLC

Suzie Holycross – Command Alkon, Inc.

Also joining in a supporting role, from our Technical Community Leadership are:

Mark Moyer – New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Tom Abbey – Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Kurt Hanf – Hanson Aggregates
Industry Events
Industry Events
NRMCA to Offer Concrete Durability Course Online in June
The next NRMCA Concrete Durability Course will be offered as an online course from June 15 - 22; it will be presented in two 2-hour sessions per day over a one-week period, with the exam on June 22. Course handouts and quizzes will be administered online. Sessions will be recorded for persons who have conflict with scheduled live sessions.Several members of our PACA Concrete Technical Community have taken this course. We highly recommend it, especially now that it doesn’t require four days out of the office.

The course is taught by Michael Thomas of the University of New Brunswick; Kevin Folliard, University of Texas at Austin and NRMCA Engineering Staff. The course provides a fundamental understanding of the nature of cement and concrete as they relate to durability of concrete. Topics will cover cracking, alkali aggregate reactions, sulfate attack, corrosion of reinforcing steel, freeze-thaw durability and other aspects. A group exercise will be facilitated to familiarize attendees with the ConcreteWorks software used for mass concrete and service life prediction.

The course also discusses the durability provisions in the Building Code - ACI 318-19 and how specifications can be structured to address durability. Comprehensive reference material is provided as course notes that is an excellent resource to concrete producers and associated technical personnel. Those with the NRMCA Level 3 Certification obtain the NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 4 Certification when passing the exam offered with the course. It is not essential to have attended the NRMCA Technical Short Course to attend the Durability Course. The course provides required learning units toward the technical track of the NRMCA STEPS certification program. Persons interested in attending this course are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Click here to learn more and to register. For more information, contact Colin Lobo at [email protected]
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
LAST CALL to be Included in the Searchable Online Yellow Pages
Official representatives from all PACA member companies previously received a form to update company records in PACA's internal association management system (AMS - PACA's database).

PACA's AMS system drives all internal functions in communicating with our membership - event registrations, mailing lists, community lists, etc. It is vitally important that records are up-to-date and include only current personnel, along with their titles and email addresses; correct mailing addresses, etc.

Another function of the AMS system is a live, online membership directory. The directory will include listings for all PACA's members. For producer members (who have returned their directory forms ONLY) - aggregates, concrete, cement - it will also include a Find a Producer section similar to that currently on the website as mentioned in the article below. This is useful for homeowners, contractors, potential customer, etc. looking for an order of aggregate, concrete, and/or cement.

For Associate members, it will include a searchable yellow pages of all products and services offered by their company (for those who have returned their updated forms ONLY) - example - if a potential customer is looking to purchase a new conveyor system, they could use our site to search of all PACA Associate member companies who sell conveyors.

If you have not returned your form, please contact Kallie Kline at your earliest convenience.

The final touches are being developed for the Associate portion of the online directory over the next couple of weeks. Please watch your inbox for an announcement on when the system goes live.
PennDOT News
PennDOT News
PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Effective May 27, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020, have been extended until June 30, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on April 30, which extended products with expiration dates up to May 31 to June 30.

A camera card is considered a driver's license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through June 30, 2020.

Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit

Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.

More COVID-19 information is available at For more information, visit or