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PACA Conveyor – Week of September 19, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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Concrete Award Nominations, Hall of Fame Nominations & Honors Program Submissions Due October 4th
Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards

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.

The guidelines for nomination eligibility for these awards are available here. 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.

Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame

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.

Nomination criteria/submission information is available here. Nominate an outstanding employee today by completing the nomination information and returning it to Kallie Kline by no later October 4, 2019.

Honors Program Recognition

While the Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Awards mentioned above have been a part of the PACA Honors Program for many years - it was greatly expanded 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 award recognition, the winner of the Pennsylvania Mixer Driver Rodeo Championship and !

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 by October 4, 2019.
PACA Brings Back the New Innovations Marketplace to Annual Meeting Agenda
We will once again be hosting our NEW INNOVATIONS MARKETPLACE during the Annual Meeting in Hershey. This is the opportunity for our members to introduce new products/technology in the industry to our attendees at the PACA Annual Meeting in November.

How will it work?

We will offer 4 10-minute innovations presentations in two breakout sessions, for a total of 8 unique presentations – we will not repeat presentations. You have 10 minutes to introduce your new technology to the attendees of the meeting. We will include descriptions in the marketing materials to allow them to better understand what they will be learning about, based on what you complete on the proposal form.

The product/technology must be deemed a NEW innovation to the industry by our selection panel.

Presentation proposals must be submitted to the PACA office by no later than SEPT. 20th.

Final presenters will be chosen by our selection panel, consisting of members of PACA's leadership.
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
MSHA Top Mining Violations 2018
MSHA (Mine Safety & Health Administration) has a tabulated list of the top 20 mining violations across the nation. Below we’ve listed the top two for 2018 by mine type.

Sand/Gravel Mining and Surface Stone Mining:

  1. 1. Guarding moving machine parts §56.14107(a)

  2. 2. Insufficient and/or exposed electrical conductors §56.12004

Underground Stone Mining:

  1. 1. Scaling and Support, correction of hazardous ground conditions §57.3200

  2. 2. General housekeeping of workplaces and passageways §57.20003(a)

If you are interested in other years or the rest of the top 20, MSHA’s interactive list can be found here. Should you have any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.

Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Did You Know?
Did You Know?
2019 International Year of the Periodic Table & A Great Interactive Study Guide
Let’s see, you know Fe is iron, but what about the rest of the elements on the periodic table? 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table. Published by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, this table was developed mainly to illustrate periodic trends of the then-known elements.

PA Representative Roebuck has introduced House Resolution 450 to mark this important year.

And a fun interactive teaching table can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this linked page.

(Don't worry, no quiz.)
Industry Events
PACA: Building and Connecting Communities
PACA: Building and Connecting Communities
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Event Reminders - Registration for Young Leaders Conference & Annual Meeting
Young Leaders Development Group Leadership & Team Building Conference

Registration is still open and available to ALL PACA members ages 40 and under - October 16-17 in Pittsburgh.

Discount rates expire September 27th.


PACA Annual Meeting & Honors Program

Registration has opened for the PACA Annual Meeting & Honors Program - November 18-19 in Hershey.

Room block and discount registration rates expire October 25th.

PACA: Building and Connecting Communities
Transportation Asset and Infrastructure Management Conference Slated in State College
Penn State University, a partner in the USDOT Region 3 University Transportation Center, is offering a Transportation Asset and Infrastructure Management Conference, October 28-29, 2019, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

The Transportation Asset and Infrastructure Management (TAIM) Conference is designed for:

  • Federal, state and local transportation agencies representatives

  • Contractors and materials suppliers

  • Engineering consulting firm professionals

  • Faculty and students from academia

Planned topics include:

  • New industry policies or procedures

  • Current and applicable research

  • Best practices in transportation engineering

The conference is also set to include networking opportunities and product and equipment demonstrations.

More about the agenda is available here.

To register, go here. Deadline to register is October 21st.
PACA: Building and Connecting Communities
Aggregate tech reference manual 190919 082232
Aggregate Technician Reference Manual Available & 2019-2020 Aggregate Technician Class Schedule
PACA has prepared The Pennsylvania Aggregate Test Method Reference Manual. This reference contains all of the PTM and AASHTO test methods that that each aggregate QC laboratory is required to have in order to fulfill the PennDOT requirements.

This reference will also be useful to all those taking the PennDOT Aggregate Technician Course.

The cost for this publication is $ 90.00 (plus tax).

To order, please click here.

The PennDOT Aggregate Technician Classes for 2019 and 2020 are open for registration.

The courses for this year and a link to register are available on the NECEPT website (link below).

PACA wishes to thank our volunteer faculty for this program:

  • Tim Kindt, Pennsy Supply, Inc., a CRH company
  • Janki Shah, Allan Myers Materials
  • Kurt Hanf, Hanson Aggregates
  • Tom Abbey, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Mark Moyer, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP Transportation & Climate Initiative - An Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions
The TRANSPORTATION & CLIMATE INITIATIVE (TCI) is a regional collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and D.C. to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and develop a clean energy economy while improving transportation systems. While not having signed onto this Initiative officially, the DEP Policy Office is participating in the regional policy proposal design process and will make the decision to officially participate once the design process is finished.

This process is for a cap-and-invest policy to reduce carbon emissions from transportation sector and improve transportation systems and public health. The policy would put a declining cap on carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels in the transportation sector, would require large gas and diesel fuel suppliers to hold allowances for the emissions that results from the fuels they sell, with the funds from the proceeds of this program used to fund programs that would increase low carbon public transit, walkways, bike ways , electric vehicles, etc. DEP does not plan to utilize the regulatory process for this program.

We will be watching this issue closely and coordinating with other stakeholder organizations. Should you have questions or wish to discuss, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Waters of the U.S., Finally Some Progress
The Trump Administration, via EPA and the Corps of Engineers, has repealed the 2015 Obama regulation known as WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.). The rollback removes the 2015 rule from over 20 states, the District of Columbia and other territories that still follow the 2015 rule. The WOTUS rule had been on legal stay in the rest of the country. Not unexpected is the green industry protest to this action. This will go into effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register.

EPA and the Corps will now focus on the second step of rewriting the rule. On February 14, 2019, EPA and the Corps proposed a new definition that would clearly define where federal jurisdiction begins and ends in accordance with the Clean Water Act and Supreme Court precedent.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Susquehanna River Basin Commission Proposing Changes
As part of its regular business meeting held on September 6, 2019, the SRBC (Susquehanna River Basin Commission) released changes to their consumptive use regulations and released a draft consumptive use mitigation policy intended to supplement existing regulatory requirements. The draft policy purportedly outlines SRBC’s consumptive use mitigation objective, defines current standards for developing mitigation projects, and expands the scope of acceptable mitigation alternatives. SRBC states in the proposed Policy that “there is a need to remove existing regulatory obstacles and expand the scope of mitigation alternatives to enable project sponsors and the Commission to develop more physical consumptive use mitigation projects with tangible benefits.” If your facilities are in SRBC territory, please let me have your thoughts on the draft policy.

SRBC is holding a webinar on the proposed changes on October 1 at 10 a.m. Comments are due on the draft policy changes no later than November 12. We will be discussing this issue at the Environmental Meeting on October 10. Additionally, SRBC has taken beginning steps towards working on the next version of their Comprehensive Plan.

Here you can find an overview of their Water Resources Program. SRBC is wishing to partner with our industry as they see a use for our closed quarries as water storage reservoirs for the purpose of surface water augmentation during low flow periods. They will be a speaker at the Annual Meeting in Hershey discussing a recent quarry storage project. If you have a closed, or soon to be closed, quarry in the Susquehanna or Delaware River Basin areas that you think would be ideal for water storage, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
SRBC Grandfathering Registration Reminder
A gentle reminder that grandfathering registration needs to be completed by December 2019. If you have not done so by December 2019, there will be no options for you to get back your grandfathered status.

Should you wish to discuss or need assistance contacting SRBC, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental 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