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OSHA Announces Three Month Delay on Silica Rule

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) today informed ACPA of a three-month delay in enforcement of the new crystalline silica standard for construction.

The final standard was first announced on March 24, 2016, with an expected enforcement date of June 23 of this year. The agency has determined that “additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard,” according to an OSHA news release.  Enforcement is now expected to begin September 23.

In response to the original announcement, ACPA prepared and distributed a technical bulletin called, “Understanding OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule.” Developed with input from ACPA contractors and equipment members, the publication provides information about the rule and its potential impact on the concrete pavement industry.

The agency is continuing to work on addressing questions about the standard and are developing additional guidance materials. 

To see the complete news release from OSHA, follow this link

Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute Seeks Director

The Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) is seeking a Director who will serve as in the full-time position of liaison/technical/marketing/research.  Position responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as a liaison, attend meetings, represent the Institute, and promote the policies and positions of the Institute at NCMA, MCAA, USGBC, ACI, ASTM and such other national organizations as the Board of Directors shall determine. Where appropriate, he or she shall serve as a committee member and/or Chair.
  • Represent the Institute by making presentations to such national and regional groups and organizations, as he or she and the Board shall determine.
    Technical and Marketing Activities.
  • The Director shall be an ex-officio member of all ESCSI committees. He or she shall provide technical assistance to the committees and shall participate in such educational and research projects as the Board of Directors shall determine.
  • Train potential clients and users on ESCS material applications and technical specifications.

Management Activities include:

  • Assisting the board and the management company selected by the Board in the management of the Institute including, but not limited to financial and budgeting, planning, and development of marketing programs and materials (including brochures and web site development).
  • Actively participate in the annual and midyear meetings of the Institute and such other special meetings as determined by the Board of Directors.
  • Annually present to the Board of Directors a review of the state of the industry and the state of the Institute, including recommendations for changes in the strategic plan.
  • Coordinate and report on various research and development projects funded by the Institute.
  • The Director shall work to support the Strategic Plan that has been developed and approved by the Board.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board.

The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the area of engineering, business, marketing, or construction management. Prior experience in one or more identified markets is required. A “P.E.” or other professional license is preferred. A minimum of 10 years Technical/Sales/Management experience, demonstrating high levels of achievement.

To see a complete description (and to apply online), follow this link.   To see a PDF position description, follow this link.   In addition link provided previously, candidates may also submit a resume via email ( or by mail  (ESCSI, 35 E Wacker Drive Ste. 850, Chicago, IL 60601).

Corley-Lay Named to Pavement Preservation Group

The National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) announced Judith Corley-Lay, Ph.D., P.E., has been named the organization’s Director, effective April 3. 

Prior to joining NCPP, Corley-Lay was an employee of North Carolina Department of Transportation for 26 years, most recently serving as the State Pavement Management Engineer.  She has been an active member of the Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnership and AASHTO’s TSP·2 Oversight Panel.  She also is the current Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee AHD18 Committee on Pavement Preservation. 

Corley-Lay accepts this position from the NCPP’s Founding Director, Larry Galehouse, who will serve as Director Emeritus in a part-time role. 

Simplex Construction Supplies Completes Acquisition of JC Supply

Simplex Construction Supplies, Minneapolis, announced it has partnered with Opus Bank’s bank-sponsored SBIC Fund, Opus Equity Partners, to complete the acquisition of and consolidation with JC Supply & Manufacturing (“JC”), establishing the leading vertically integrated manufacturer and supplier of infrastructure products and solutions to heavy and highway contractors throughout the country.

Opus Equity Partners will partner with Sarah Bazey, the owner and CEO of Simplex, to integrate Simplex’s robust distribution business with JC’s industry leading manufacturing operations, benefiting from a combined footprint of 260,000 square feet under roof and 20 acres of capacity across three locations in Ontario, Calif., Carlyle, Ill., and Minneapolis, Mn.

Sarah Bazey, CEO of Simplex, stated, “We are excited about the partnership with Opus’ SBIC Fund and the future of our industry.” Bazey continued, “The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) authorized $305 billion in spending over fiscal years 2016 through 2020. The combination of JC and Simplex, and the competitive advantage of a vertically integrated organization with a commitment to product quality and customer service, positions us well to play a leadership role in reinforcing America.”

In an email to ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, Bazey added, “Our entire team is looking forward to a strong and meaningful relationship with ACPA.”

Click here to read the Business Wire announcement.

ACPA Endorses Civil Engineers’ Grand Challenge

ACPA has formally endorsed the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE’s) Grand Challenge initiative. 

In a letter to ASCE, ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt commended ASCE Executive Director Thomas Smith and the ASCE for developing and implementing the Grand Challenge, which is aimed at reducing infrastructure life-cycle costs by 50 percent by 2025, while also fostering optimization of the nation’s infrastructure.  Click here to see the letter.

The initiative asks civil engineers from all backgrounds and at every career stage to implement performance-based standards, resilience, innovation, and life cycle cost analysis in all projects.   The program also encourages engineers to rethink and re-invent project delivery, share successes and lessons learned with others, and embrace their own unique leadership role in helping to transform the construction industry.  

As part of the Grand Challenge, ASCE is sponsoring an innovation contest. The 2017 contest has 5 topics, including innovative business models and technologies; the Internet of things, sustainable (green) engineering, resilience, and next-generation transportation.

ACPA is encouraging engineers to take the Grand Challenge and to enter the innovation contest.  Click here to read more and get involved. Click here for additional information about the innovation contest.

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