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Innovative, Creative Events Set Pace for Mid-Year Meeting

With a record 118 registrants, ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting this week featured a high-energy, information packed program that focused on both current and emerging trends, technologies and other developments.

The 2-1/2 day meeting began with an innovative change management seminar led by Scott Mueller, VP of Marketing, followed by an informative social media and communications seminar. The two events provided insights into changes occurring in the world around us and within the cement and concrete industry. Equally important, the seminars featured a team-building exercise, robust discussions, and breakout sessions where participants had lively discussions about challenges and opportunities we’re all facing in the industry.

A VISION2040 workshop action-plan forum followed the seminars and began with an overview and update on ACPA’s long-term vision regarding emerging megatrends, technological changes, and pavement technology advancements.

The forum was an important next step in this ongoing initiative, which continues to evolve and set the pace for industry advancements and other changes the concrete pavement industry and the transportation-construction community will need to address. 

Look for additional information about the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in our June 19th issue of ACPA TODAY. 

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Photo:  Maureen Roe, McCarthy Improvement, presents discussion group results on the topic of workforce development during the ACPA Change Management Seminar.

Task Force and Committees Cover Timely Issues

ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting continued into the second day with meetings of the Roller Compacted Concrete, Airports, Pavement Design, and Jointing task forces, as well as meetings of the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC) and Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC).

During the LIC meeting, Dave Bauer, President and CEO of ARTBA, presented remarks about the Federal-aid highway program, including hopeful signs of a bill being introduced this summer, funding challenges and other details. The LIC meeting also included a spirited “heads or tails” game that served as an innovative and fun-filled fundraising activity. 

One of several highlights of the SAC meeting was a discussion about aligning standing committees with markets and better aligning the committees with staff focus.  Several options were discussed and meeting participants had the opportunity to share suggestions and other comments. 

Further discussion will continue over the next few months as the concept is further refined.  “No specific decision was made,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO, adding, “A general direction was provided, along with the goal that SAC will have a firm proposal for ACPA board at the annual meeting.”

Look for additional information about the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in our June 19th issue of ACPA TODAY. 

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Photo: Greg Mulder, Iowa Concrete Paving Association (left) and Jeffrey McKnight, Buzzi Unicem USA, share a laugh during the “heads or tails” game at the LIC meeting.

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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.

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.”

 

Make Plans to Attend ACPA’s Annual Meeting

Our Mid-Year Meeting is still a few days away, but it’s not too early to make plans to attend ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting (AM56).   With a record number of attendees for the Mid-Year Meeting, we anticipate the response will be the same for the Annual Meeting in December.

The meeting will be held December 3 through 5 at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’ At this writing, the event site is set up as a ‘save the dates’ reminder only, although it also allows visitors to get an advance look at the full website, not to mention a glimpse of the vibrant area where the meeting will be held.

ACPA is continuing to develop the one-stop event website with details about the meeting, including an agenda, event registration links, and hotel registration details. For now, please visit: http://2019meeting.acpa.org/ for a preview.   

Since 2016, ACPA annual meetings have been held in urban areas, situated near or in dining and entertainment options for all to enjoy after a day of business, tech transfer, and peer discussions. The setting for AM56 is no exception and the site of our Annual Meeting means we have a great setting for our business discussions, as well as plenty of options for guests to relax, dine out, explore and enjoy all that jazz!  

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