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PACA Conveyor – Week of September 6, 2018
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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Hotel Room Block is Open for November Annual Meeting - Final Schedule & Registration Information Forthcoming
The 2018 PACA Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 11 (PACA Board Members only) and November 12-13 (for all registered attendees) at the Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA.

The final schedule and registration announcement will be coming in the next few weeks - stay tuned.

However, if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, you may start making your room reservations at this time.


Schedule commitments include Sunday evening, November 11th and the Annual Meeting will conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 13th.


The Annual Meeting will begin in the early afternoon on Monday, November 12th and conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 13th.


The hotel rate for 2018 is $219 per night + applicable taxes.

The room block cutoff is October 12, 2018. Please note that the group rate and/or rooms may not be available after this date, so book EARLY!
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Build a Cathedral with Your Emerging Leaders - Room Block Expires on 9/11 so HURRY!

  • Do you have someone on your team that you want to interact with the generation that will lead our industry?

  • Do you have someone that you want to develop further but don’t have the internal resources?

  • Do you value your personal and professional relationships with industry peers and want your up and coming staff to have the same?

If you answered with a YES to one of those 3 questions, please consider sending that person to the Young Leaders Conference scheduled in State College on Oct. 3-4.

The agenda is simple.

  1. Give back to the COMMUNITY.
  2. Spend time building relationships FACE-TO-FACE.
  3. Hear a speaker that will make you THINK.
HURRY - DON'T WAIT - The hotel room block will close on September 11th!
PACA Phone System Transition - Please Update Your Contacts for PACA Staff
In an effort to update our technology and be good stewards of our members’ money, we are beginning the transition to a new phone system. PACA’s main number (717.234.2603) and fax number (717.234.7030) will remain the same and you will always be able to reach us on that main number. However, we have decided to eliminate the direct lines for the headquarters staff (Kallie, Josie and Peter) as our team spends considerable time outside the office in meetings and member engagement. We now have streamlined the direct connection with the entire team by asking you to call us directly on our cell phones to ensure maximum availability and best member service.

Listed below are our cell phone numbers and email addresses for your convenience. Note that the cell numbers have not changed.

Peter Vlahos, [email protected], cell—717.756.4070

Josie Gaskey, [email protected], cell—412.969.3924

Jim Casilio, [email protected], cell—610.730.2385

Ken Crank, [email protected], cell—717.468.0259

Kallie Kline, [email protected], cell—717.215.3322

We will keep you updated on the final implementation date of this transition. We strongly urge you to add our cell numbers to your phones NOW to ease the conversion.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any one of us.
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Honor Those Outstanding Individuals in the Industry at the PACA Annual Meeting
Help us say thank you and recognize your outstanding employees, coworkers, peers and friends in the industry by submitting their name for consideration as an inductee into the PACA Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame. Each year, PACA recognizes inductees at the PACA Annual Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This year's inductions will be held on Tuesday, November 13th, the second day of the Annual Meeting agenda.

The workers of the aggregate and concrete industry in Pennsylvania help shape the Commonwealth each and every day. The PACA Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to provide recognition to the often overlooked service to the industry and our communities that the worker quietly makes. PACA is extremely proud to have inducted over 100 outstanding individuals since the Hall of Fame’s creation.

Nominees may be recognized for significant contributions including, but not limited to, loyalty to a company through long term employment, leadership, safety, ingenuity, service to the community, and/or stewardship to the environment. Additional criteria, along with past inductees are included in the information link below.

NEW FOR 2018: Inductees will be announced prior to the Annual Meeting through the PACA Conveyor and through special signage on display throughout the entire Annual Meeting in Hershey.

Nominate a true industry Hall of Famer TODAY! Final submissions must be received in the PACA office by October 1, 2018.
Concrete Recognition Awards Submissions
Annually, the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) bestows the Association’s annual Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards. So much work goes into 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 Hank Bauer Concrete Promoter of the Year award acknowledges the individual who goes above and beyond to promote ready mixed concrete in Pennsylvania. And, in 2014, PACA introduced the “Captains of Concrete;” those companies who are the true leaders in concrete promotion in the Commonwealth.

It is time to start thinking about honoring our best at this year’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 12-13, 2018, at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The guidelines for nomination eligibility for these awards are available below. All entries will be judged on the basis of support materials provided. It will be important to include all required materials and present them in a professional manner. You may submit multiple projects, with each project requiring its own submittal package. Projects may only by submitted for one category of consideration.


Please contact Ken Crank if you have any questions regarding the awards or this process.
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PACA Wishes to Thank our 2018 Corporate Sponsors!
Thank you to the above companies for their support this year.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
EPA & PennDOT Settle Multi-Site Stormwater Case
Via a recent Consent Order, EPA and PennDOT have settled a multi-site construction-related stormwater case on 209 alleged violations from PennDOT's construction contractors failing to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs). These BMPs are required under PA's Clean Streams Law. This case was an effort by EPA Region III Administrator Cosmo Servidio, formerly with PA DEP's Water Program.

As part of the Consent Order, PennDOT has agreed to implement a comprehensive compliance management program and complete multi-million dollar environmentally beneficial projects in several Pennsylvania watersheds. The compliance management program includes:

  • Developing a compliance monitoring data system to track weekly visual self-inspections using mobile devices;

  • Conducting stormwater inspection training for PennDOT staff;
  • Implementing periodic self-audits of construction sites to determine the effectiveness of the compliance management program; and
  • Creating a public information web page showcasing PennDOT's compliance efforts.
PennDOT will also begin piloting a procurement mechanism which requires contractors to compete for a project from a sediment-reduction standpoint, with the contract being awarded to the contractor whose project management plan will reduce the most sediment pollution for the dollars. Plans may include construction of structural BMPs such as stormwater management ponds, vegetated swales and buffer strips, and stabilizing stream banks for reducing sediment loadings to surface waters.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

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.
Environmental News
Lycoming College Establishes Environmental Field Station
Lycoming College has acquired property to establish a long-term environmental research field station on the Loyalsock Creek. Goals for the field station include interdisciplinary engagement and community outreach, and a long-term research project monitoring water quality on the Loyalsock Creek.If you have discharges into the Loyalsock Creek or its tributaries, you may want to follow the progress of this field station. Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Names New Director of Office of Environmental Justice
In July, DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell appointed Allison Acevedo as Director of DEP’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Office. In her previous life, Allison was a strategic planning consultant, served as Director of Education of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, as a staff advisor to Representative W. Curtis Thomas and Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz, and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, she co-founded the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle, and is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

DEP established the environmental justice program in 2002 to “ensure communications with communities that did not always have a voice in environmental issues.” As information, EJ communities currently are those where 20 percent of more of the residents live in poverty, and/or 30 percent of more of the population is minority, based on U.S. Census Bureau data and the federal guidelines for poverty.

DEP recently proposed changes to the Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy 012-0501-002. These changes reflect DEP's desire for a more structured and easier process for the public to be involved in a variety of permits, and a broadening of the criteria for determining EJ communities, resulting in more of the public being involved in permits. As proposed, this will undoubtedly lengthen an already lengthy permitting process. PACA's comments on the proposed revisions are below. DEP's Office of Environmental Justice webpage 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.
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Upcoming Technical Community Meetings
Register NOW for Online Fall Meetings

PACA Cementitious Materials Technical Community Online Meeting

Please register for PACA Cementitious Technical Community on Sep 25, 2018 2:00 PM EDT at:

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

PACA Concrete Technical Community Online Meeting

Please register for PACA Concrete Technical Community on Oct 04, 2018 2:00 PM EDT at:

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


We will be holding an in-person, combined meeting of the Aggregate, Concrete and Cementitious Technical Communities prior to the start of the Annual Meeting in Hershey on November 12th. More details on this meeting to come.
Certification News
Certification News
PennDOT Announces 2018 / 2019 Aggregate Technician Certification Courses
Mark your calendar - Registration to follow.

The Aggregate Technician Certification Program workgroup, comprised of PennDOT and industry, is pleased to announce the following schedule of 2018/2019 classes:

November 15-16, 2018

December 10-11, 2018

January 14-15, 2019

February 11-12, 2019

March 11-12, 2019

April 1-2, 2019

All classes will be held at the PennDOT Lab, 81 Lab Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Registration information will be provided when it becomes available.
Certification News
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Fall ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Certification Exams
Don't forget to register for the fall semester of ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Certification exams. Exams begin in the Wilkes-Barre area on September 18-19 and conclude in Bethlehem in December, with a total of 6 exams sites/dates offered.
Members in the News
Members in the News
Specialty Granules Charmian Plant Achieves Gold Level Environmental Excellence Award
Specialty Granules Charmian Plant was honored by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) by receiving their Gold Level Environmental Excellence Award.

According to NSSGA, this award is presented to a company for contributing to the maintenance of the environment in and around their operations as evidenced by a corporate commitment to the exemplary use of environmental controls and systems. This award is based, in part, on the extent to which an operation meets and exceeds technical environmental and regulatory requirements. It is not based on aesthetic or beautification criteria. The operation must certify it is in compliance with all applicable governmental environmental regulatory requirements and does not have a pattern of violations during the time period of two full years prior to the date of application.

Congratulations to Specialty Granules from everyone at PACA!
Members in the News
Martin Stone Quarries Honored by NSSGA for Safety Excellence
PACA wishes to congratulate Martin Stone Quarries, Inc. for receiving the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA)'s Sterling Safety Gold Award! This award is presented to the those companies that have the lowest total incidence rate each year. Martin Stone received their award based on their safety record for 2017. Congratulations and thank you for setting high standards and putting the safety of your employees in the highest regards.
PACA Events Calendar
PACA Events Calendar
2019 PACA Events Calendar - Additional Items Being Added
Continue to check our events calendar on our website for upcoming events, registration links, regional mixers, and more!