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Deadline Approaches for Excellence Award Submittals

The deadline is approaching rapidly to submit projects for ACPA’s 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” award program. 

Projects must have been completed in the calendar year 2018. To submit your project for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here. To read more about the awards program, please click here.

Submittals must be received prior to the submission deadline of Friday, July 12.  If you are submitting an award, please click on the appropriate links to read more about “eligibility.” Please review the complete elgibility requirements by selecting the ‘Eligibility’ link. We also urge everyone submitting a project for judging to review the updated “Project Photograph” sections, which appear under several links on the awards submittal page.  

Award winners will receive an invite to attend the 30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 5th at the New Orleans Marriott. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 56th Annual Meeting.

Simplex Acquires Dayton’s Paving Division

Simplex Construction Supplies, Inc., an ACPA member, announced this week it has partnered with T-Street Capital to complete the acquisition of Dayton Superior Corporation’s Paving Division. 

The acquisition creates a combined footprint of 448,000 square feet under roof and 25 acres of capacity across four locations in Ontario, CA; Carlyle, IL; Kankakee, IL; and Minneapolis, MN, according to a company news release, which adds the company has the capability to serve all 50 states and control the production of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel for concrete paving infrastructure from start to finish. For additional information, please click here to view the full news story.

Still Time to Register for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

Our countdown continues as we make final preparations for our Mid-Year Meeting, which runs June 11 through 13* at the Hyatt Place in Charleston, SC. 

At this writing, we have a record-breaking 115 registrants and are finalizing details for our meeting, including the Change Management & Social Media Seminar, VISION2040 Action Plan Forum, planning and review meetings, and more. 

We have a comprehensive program planned, and along the way, we’ve prepared a few surprises and some great opportunities for networking and socializing with others.

Although our online registration deadline has passed, you still have the opportunity to register onsite. For those who still need hotel registrations, there are rooms available at the Hyatt Place.  Please note standard rates apply. For more information, visit our Mid-Year Meeting event website

* Our invitation-only Board Meeting and Emerging Leaders Group will meet on Thursday, June 13.


ACPA and PCA Formalize Agreement to Support Promotion Plan

ACPA and PCA have completed and signed a memorandum of understanding that solidifies the two associations’ agreement to implement and execute a long-term paving promotion plan.  The agreement defines roles and responsibility, financial terms, communications and reporting and other details that support a stronger national and local promotion program.

“We are grateful to the leadership of PCA and ACPA for their support of this comprehensive plan, which will increase the use of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions in highways, airports, streets/roads and commercial/industrial facilities,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President and CEO.

“With the support of PCA and ACPA’s volunteer leaders, we have already made significant progress in laying the groundwork and taking the first steps toward what we are confident will be a successful, effective plan to increase the awareness and usage of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions,” says ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX).  “The ultimate beneficiaries will be our customers at the DOT’s and other agencies and owners, and of course, the traveling public.”


Ayers Named Illinois Chapter Exec

Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D., has been named the Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter-ACPA, effective June 3. A veteran concrete pavement engineer, Ayers brings to the Chapter vast and in-depth experience in concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions.

That experience includes serving as the Principal of Global Pavement Solutions, Inc., where he has focused on concrete pavement design, construction, rehab and forensic analysis of concrete and cementitious pavement and paving solutions.

He previously served ACPA National in Fvarious roles, providing technical service and support with highway pavement technology, as well as education & training. Prior to that, Mike served in senior technical management roles with ARA (then, ERES Consultants), Oklahoma State University where he as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and an infrastructure engineering firm.

“We are excited to have an engineer of Mike’s caliber take on the challenge of leading the Illinois Chapter,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. Jerry notes the timing of Mike’s appointment coincidentally occurred the same day Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a 19-cent gas tax increase, which is designated exclusively for highway and other infrastructure development and repair.*

“We expect great things with Mike at the helm and with ACPA lending administrative support as he and Chapter Promotion Director Jimie Wheeler execute a bold and decisive strategy. This will begin with a large-scale effort to engage with the Illinois DOT, the Illinois State Toll Highway authority and other agencies throughout Illinois. This is an important and large first step in the goal to increase the use of concrete and cementitious materials in the state’s highways, roads, airports and other facilities.”

Ayers also expressed his enthusiasm about his new role and the opportunities to revitalize and expand the use of concrete pavements and cement-intensive construction, repair, and rehabilitation technologies throughout the state.

“Among my top goals are to ensure we are taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach with informing and educating the Illinois DOT, toll highway authority, airport owners’ representatives and consultants,” Mike says, adding, “Our focus is solely on concrete pavements and cement-based solutions, and as we carry those messages into the marketplace, we also will be working to enhance and expand membership.”

Ayers holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (Transportation/Materials); an MS in Civil Engineering (Materials Specialization); and a in BS Civil Engineering (Construction Management), all from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. A resident of Fithian, Ill., Ayers is the father of two sons, Craig and Cody. Mike’s contact information is: Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc., P.O. Box 11, Fithian, IL 61844. (217.621.3488 |

* The new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2019, also includes a provision that would allow cities and townships in Cook County the option of increasing local gas taxes up to 3 cents for the same purpose. 



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