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ACPA Reception Planned for TRB Week

ACPA is once again hosting its popular reception at the Transportation Research Board’s 99th annual meeting. The event will be held Monday (January 13) at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel. 

The guest list includes members of Congress, Federal and State transportation agency officials, cement & concrete industry officials, members of academia, and others representing research and technology interests. Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne, Scott Mueller and Eric Ferrebee will be on hand to greet and visit with the guests.

The reception is an ideal opportunity for ACPA to express thanks and appreciation to the diverse group of people whose common bond is the dedication to the advancement of transportation through research and technology development and implementation. 

This much-anticipated and popular event is made possible through the generosity of ACPA sponsors.  Please click here to see our sponsors.

Concrete Industry Messaging Workshop

A meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday focused on concrete industry messaging. One of the goals of the continued collaboration workshops is to identify a top-line message surrounding the climate impact of cement and concrete that all concrete markets can use. 

Ultimately, the cement and concrete industry is aiming to take ownership of the narrative about concrete as a sustainability solution, given that concrete is truly a low-impact material that is critical to meeting societal goals. 

The meeting included participants from PCA, NRMCA, MIT, the RMC Research Foundation, Tilt-up Concrete Association, California/Nevada Cement Association, ACPA, among others.


ACPA Names Greg McCormick as 2020 Chairman

Greg McCormick, Northern Improvement Company, has been named 2020 Chairman of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA).

He accepted the ceremonial concrete gavel from 2019 Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and thanked him for his leadership during a challenging year of transition for the Association.

Greg takes the helm as ACPA’s top volunteer leader at a time when ACPA continues its advancement of a state-by-state promotion plan, which began last April. He also will lead the association with its committee & task force structure is recast. (See related story, “ACPA Board Approves Committee Restructuring.”) 

Greg is a 4th generation member of Northern Improvement, which he notes in now in its 85th year.  He recalled his first job with the company and his reaction to what was ahead of him.

“My first job as project manager was that year when Dad came in and told me I’d be running a clay and gravel import project on my grandparents’ farm,” he says, adding, “I was very nervous and couldn’t believe this was real. I remember seeing the trucks with the shamrocks on them thundering down the road toward me, and I wondered if I could really handle it.”

“I think it ended up being about a $1,500 project and Dad may have comped it for them,” he says. “But a few years later I ended up on a $275 million earth and rock dam of 43 million cubic yards.” 

Many years and many project later, Greg, his family and his other colleagues at Northern Improvement have helped the company advance to its position as a formidable leader in the heavy & highway construction industry.  Today, the company is completes concrete and asphalt construction projects, while also providing oil field service, rural water operations, heavy industrial operations and building demolition services. Greg also has served (and continues to serve) in leadership positions with the North Dakota Concrete Council, an ACPA affiliate. 

ACPA Board Approves Committee Restructuring

The ACPA Board of Directors has approved a plan to reorganize ACPA’s committee and task force structure. Although the previous committee structure worked well for many years, the ACPA Strategic Advisory Committee and ACPA staff have received questions and comments, and also identified some challenges with the system. 

In response, the SAC, led by Vice Chairman David Howard (Koss Construction), worked with ACPA staff to develop a plan to realign our committees. 2019 Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX), 2020 Chairman Greg McCormick, and 2020 2nd Vice Chair Ed Griffith also assisted with the effort. ACPA staff, including Andy Gieraltowski, Leif Wathne, Scott Mueller, Bill Davenport and Eric Ferrebee, were involved in the plan development. 

The new committee structure will be based on key roles: governance and operations; functional committees; market forums, and advisory committees. A brief video was prepared and shown at the recent ACPA Annual Meeting to provide more detail about the new committee structure. Click here to see the 3-minute animated video. 

FHWA Design Policy Workshop Spotlights Competition

The National Summary Workshop on FHWA’s Pavement Design Policy and Guidance was held recently at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose was to summarize the findings from an industry listening session and five regional DOT peer exchanges. 

The meeting also provided an opportunity for stakeholders (including industry, state agencies, and the FHWA) to discuss FHWA’s pavement policy, pavement selection and the role of inter-industry competition, as well as potential next steps stemming from the listening session and peer exchanges among 48 states in five regions. Representing ACPA at the national workshop were Jim Mack (2019 Chairman), Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne. 

The workshop was one of the main outcomes of ACPA’s  direct engagement with FHWA on competition and pavement policy, says Leif. 

“ACPA members have in recent years invested significant time and resources to support efforts to engage with and  inform the FHWA on the significant economic benefits of pavement competition,” he says. Although the workshop has not yet yielded specific programmatic outcomes, “we can consider this and other related activities a success if they result in State transportation departments weighing how they can better leverage the free-market dynamic between paving industries. Once decision makers and policy makers are made aware of the inequity that exists among paving industries, they usually recognize the opportunities that having a competing concrete pavement industry can provide.”

In addition to pavement policy and competition, the workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss budgeting/funding, pavement design, communications challenges, external influences, workforce issues, historical data collection and reporting.

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