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ACPA Leads Plant Training

With support from members Duit Construction Co.* and RexCon,* ACPA presented plant manager training for Duit personnel last week. Personnel from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) audited and provided feedback on the course. 

The training is part of a specification requirement for a project at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.  The course last week allowed Duit to meet the specification requirements several months before alternate training was available.

John Privrat of Duit Construction praised the team efforts led by Gary Mitchell. “The team ‘knocked it out of the park,’ especially since we had to put this whole class together in less than a month,” John says. “Gary did a great job anchoring most of the presentations, and we also had several other quality speakers. The feedback I received from our people, and from USACE and the Air Force was overwhelmingly positive. We sure appreciate the support from ACPA and all of the work Gary put into this. As always he did an outstanding job.”

Privrat, who serves as the ACPA Airports Task Force vice chair, adds that he hopes this training module will be included in future airfield pavement specifications.

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* ACPA member companies.

Pennsylvania Chapter Drives Competition Message

Chuck Niederriter, Golden Triangle Construction (and past-Chairman of both the ACPA Board and the Pennsylvania Chapter Board) presented formal remarks before the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee last week.  The focus of the meeting was a discussion about the usage of concrete and asphalt pavement with PennDOT and Turnpike. 

From the outset of his comments, Chuck emphasized the importance of competition, noting that inter-industry competition saves money for taxpayers and highway users in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania Chapter President John Becker provided supporting remarks during the meeting. 

The full hearing can be viewed at: http://www.pahousegop.com/Video/Transportation.  The concrete pavement portion is in the video link marked ‘September 17th’ and appears between markers 40 to 85.  

In related news, some members of the Transportation Committee were among the industry members and other invited guests to participate in a reception on Monday of this week at the Federal Tap House in Harrisburg.  Chapter members had the opportunity to speak one-on-one about the concrete pavement industry, transportation funding and their individual company’s interests with Commonwealth legislators representing each  side of the aisle from both the House and Senate.  Leif Wathne of ACPA participated in the event on behalf of ACPA.

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Mid-Atlantic Board Highlights

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Annual Board and Membership Meeting last week included updates and discussion about ongoing activities, promotion successes and challenges. 

ACPA CEO Jerry Voigt participated in the meeting and provided an update on ACPA’s national marketing and local promotion plans and emphasized the importance of seizing opportunities identified in ACPA’s planning initiative. Chapter President Ray Seipp discussed programs that focus on attention on both policy and technical issues throughout the region. 

For example, the chapter is making good progress with policy changes with the Virginia DOT, he says.  In Delaware, an active inlay program by the DOT continues to gain traction with new projects. In Maryland, progress is being made in cities and counties to use cementious solutions, including full-depth reclamation.

In West Virginia, competition remains a focal point and one which has gained support among senior highway officials.  At a recent meeting–the second in two years–DOT officials reiterated their support for working together to understand and inform personnel of the value of inter-agency competition.  The Chapter also continues to make progress in ongoing activities to update and enhance alt design/alt bid specifications. 

Competition, backed by MIT’s research findings on the topic, gaining support as ACPA National and chapters work together to inform policy-makers and agencies on this important topic. 

 

ACPA Participates in Customer Event

Scott Mueller and Leif Wathne participated in the GOMACO Invitational golf outing in Ida Grove, IA, last week.  The event provided a tremendous networking opportunity in a fun, relaxed environment.  In addition to the exceptional golf and hospitality, the event provided the opportunity to meet and spend time with GOMACO officials and others representing the construction industry.

Scott was part of the team that scored the longest putt — 35 ft., 7 in.!  

ACPA appreciates the opportunity to participate in the annual event, which has become favorite outing for employees, customers, friends and supporters of GOMACO.

AM56 Spotlights Transportation Topics and Peer Discussions

What’s the outlook for U.S. highway programs and other surface transportation investment?  This is one of the questions transportation experts will be addressing at the upcoming ACPA Annual Meeting.

Keynote remarks begin on Wednesday, December 4, with our CPU Opening Plenary Session, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Speakers and topics include:

  • AASHTO’s Perspectives on the Future of the U.S. Highway Program – Jim Tyman, Executive Director; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (invited) 
  • Federal Highway Administration Outlook – Brian Fouch, PE, Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements, Federal Highway Administration, and  
  • The Value of Competition Between Industries: A Former DOT Secretary’s Perspective – Tom Smith, PE, Former Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation.

On Thursday, December 5, the 11th annual CPU program will continue after the ACPA distinguished service awards & recognition breakfast.  Participants can select from eight interesting and informative concurrent CPU technical sessions. Breakout sessions 1, 3, 5 & 7 form a contractor/construction track. Breakouts 2, 4, 6 & 8 form a track of general interest to all.

Please register early to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott.  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  For event registration, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

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