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PACA Conveyor – Week of September 5, 2019
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Associate Board Nominating Committee Announces Board Candidates
Members of PACA's Associate Board Nominating Committee - Bob Braun, Airmatic Inc.; Vince Pagano, Highway Equipment & Supply Co. (Chair); Bob Frontino, SIKA Corp.; and Paul DeAngelo, Skelly & Loy - are pleased to announce the slate of nominees for the 2020 election running for a three-year term of 2020-2022.

The nominees are:

Ray Ewing, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Jim Lolcama, KCF Groundwater, Inc.

Terry Schmidt, EarthRes Group, Inc.

Each Associate Member company attending the Annual Meeting in November will designate a voting delegate who will cast their ballot during the General Membership meeting on November 19th in Hershey.
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Annual Meeting Registration Has Opened
It's time to register for our largest membership meeting of the year - the PACA Annual Meeting and Honors Program - November 18-19, 2019, Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA.

Details, the schedule of events, a real-time attendance list and registration link is now available on our website.
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Deadline to Book Room for Young Leaders Conference is QUICKLY Approaching

The room block for the Young Leaders Development Group (YLDG) Leadership & Team Building Conference will close on September 16th, so HURRY and book your room TODAY!

The YLDG conference is scheduled for October 16-17 at Sheraton Station Square Square in Pittsburgh, PA.

Discount registration rates for the conference will expire September 27th.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Spotted Lanternfly Update
The favorite food choice for the Spotted Lanternfly is the Tree of Heaven.

This invasive Asian leafhopper is a significant threat to crops such as hops, grapes and hardwoods in Pennsylvania. Below is a quick summary of steps you can use to help control this bug:

  • Outsmart them! First, cut down almost all Tree of Heavens on your property, particularly the ones that bear seeds, and apply herbicide to the stump. Then, use an insecticide on the remaining Tree of Heavens on your property. The bugs will then go to what’s left and feed on the remaining trees and be eliminated.
  • The egg masses of this bug are live from October through July. Watch out for them and if you see them, you can scrape them off of trees or smooth surfaces and place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.
Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone. For more information on this nasty invasive bug, go here and here.
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
An Update on MSHA and Silica
On August 29, 2019, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), published a Request for Information in the Federal Register regarding respirable silica. Comments are due October 28, 2019. This is likely the first step in moving forward with a revised silica regulation. There have been recent media reports regarding a rise in black lung disease in coal miners in Appalachia, suggesting this may in part be related to elevated silica exposures. Additionally, NIOSH is reviewing miners’ health information going back several decades. And in late 2018, NIOSH has unveiled a beta version of an online software tool designed to provide post-shift assessments of mine worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

In the notice, MSHA outlines:

  • the background for the existing limit,
  • discusses existing controls including the history surrounding respiratory protection,

  • relevant hierarchy of controls for mining (engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment in that order), and
  • the basis of their information request.

With respect to the information request, MSHA is requesting:

  • information on new or developing technologies and best practices that can be used to protect miners from exposure to quartz dust,

  • information on how the controls can be used, individually and together, to protect miners,

  • info on additional feasible dust control methods to reduce miners’ exposure during high silica cutting situations, and

  • any other information to evaluate miners’ exposures to quartz.

We will be coordinating with NSSGA and NMA on this issue, but if you have any input or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
FMCSA Proposes Amendment to Trucker Hours-of-Service Regulations
The August 22, 2019 Federal Register contained the proposed rule from the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to amend trucker hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers. Comments are due October 7, 2019.

Several of the revisions include:

  • -Expanding the current 100-air mile short haul exemption to 14 hours on duty from 12 hours on duty, to be consistent with rules for long-haul truck drivers.

  • -Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions.

  • -Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of continuous driving.

  • -Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks equipped with sleeper berth compartments.

  • -Allowing covered commercial motor vehicle operators one rest break – for up to three consecutive hours – during every 14-hour on-duty period.

  • -Allowing covered CMV operators to use multiple off-duty periods of at least three hours in place of taking 10 consecutive hours off duty.

We will coordinate with the NRMCA on this issue. Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Certification News
Certification News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Certification News
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ACI Now Offers App to Verify Certifications
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has released its new ACI Certification Verify app. The app allows users to quickly and easily verify the status of ACI-certified individuals through three search options: (1) verify an individual’s certification ID number, (2) search by an individual’s name, and (3) find the total number of ACI-certified individuals in an area.

According the organization's press release, ACI has certified more than 400,000 concrete finishers, technicians, supervisors, inspectors, managers, and more since the 1980s. Currently, there are more than 123,000 active ACI certifications across 25+ popular programs worldwide.

“The ACI Certification Verify app is the perfect tool to use on the jobsite,” said John W. Nehasil, ACI Managing Director, Certification. “Using simply a phone or tablet, anyone can easily verify the status of people working on a particular project or find the total number of ACI-certified individuals in an area.”

Creating this app provides further value to those working in the field, who may not have quick and easy access to a computer. The ACI Certification Verify app helps the entire verification process move more quickly and easily so jobs can move forward, with the same functionality of the popular web-based verification tool.

The app is currently available in iOS platforms. An Android version is expected to be available soon.
Certification News
MIT CSHub to Host Webinar on Carbin App to Monitor CO2 Emissions
The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub will host a webinar on Thursday, September 26, at 11 A.M. EDT on, "The Carbin App: Cutting CO2 Emissions and Monitoring the Performance of our Roads.

In this webinar, information will be provided on updates to the smartphone app Carbin which can assess the state of our infrastructure. With many improvements over the past 6 months, Carbin has now become an automatized system which, with engagement from the public, can be easily used to extract information on the quality of roads and their environmental impact at the city, state, or country scale.

In Cambridge, MA, for which Carbin has recorded 350k individual measurements, information shows that, when combined with traffic information, this approach can be used to optimize the management of our road infrastructure. The group will also discuss, a website that displays Carbin’s global impact with measurements from 20 countries and over 130k miles of analyzed data.

The webinar will be hosted by CSHub research assistant Jake Roxon.

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel.

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.
Industry Events
Industry Events
GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech Hosts Re:Con 2020 January 12-15th
GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech is pleased to host Re:Con 2020 on January 12-15, 2020 at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina in Key West, Florida.

Re:Con 2020 is the premier conference for managing blasting risk. Learn to protect your company, communicate with the public, improve blasting efficiency and control vibration from the experts in vibration and acoustic monitoring.

Keynote speaker, Nicholas Boothman spent more than 35 years studying the way people connect, communicate face-to-face and collaborate through teamwork. He will share what he has learned, teaching us ways we can maximize our interactions with the community to make positive and lasting impressions to help us connect quicker and ultimately improve neighbor relations. A Licensed Master-Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mr. Boothman is the author of 4 best-selling books, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less and Convince Them in 90 Seconds. British by birth, North American by location, and Universal in his message, Nicholas Boothman brings a fresh perspective to connecting face-to-face in this impersonal age of high technology.

In addition, the conference will feature presentations by experts in the blasting and vibration fields.

Re:Con 2020 is the 9th conference hosted by GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech on blasting technology. Registration to attend Re:Con 2020 is $1,695. Continuing education credits are available.
Industry Events
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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
PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
PACA - Building and Connecting Communities
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.