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Pennsylvania Holds Successful Paving Tour

The Pennsylvania Chapter held its annual Concrete Pavement Tour & Meeting on August 15 & 16 in Washington, PA. The event was hosted by PennDOT District 12, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and PennDOT District 11. 

More than 110 individuals representing 40 organizations participated in the tour or meeting or both. The list of participating organizations included PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the local FHWA Division Office, and the West Virginia Division of Highways. Also participating were 11 construction companies (including Golden Triangle, Gulisek, Lane, Matcon Diamond, New Enterprise, and Swank) and 12 material & equipment companies (including Bryan Materials Group, Callahan Paving, Cemex, Diamond Products, The Fort Miller Group, Guntert & Zimmerman, and Lehigh Hanson Inc.).  The group also included 8 consulting firms, 2 universities, and 3 associations.

The tour included stops at three active construction projects and a visit to Golden Triangle’s concrete batch plant, where performance engineered mixture testing procedures were demonstrated. The final stop on the tour included a brief visit to the fourth concrete roundabout constructed in Pennsylvania.  

On the second day, attendees had the opportunity to share observations about the previous day’s site visits.  PennDOT Deputy Secretary George McAuley presented details about initiatives focused on innovation, implementation, and deployment of new technologies.  This was the 16th tour held in Pennsylvania since 1996. 

Look for expanded coverage of this event in the 4th quarter issue of ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS, which will be published in November.

ACPA Offers Perspectives on Steel Tariffs

ACPA has released a formal document addressing the steel tariff issue, and specifically, its impact on the concrete pavement industry. 

Special thanks go to the ACPA members in the business of fabricating and supplying steel for concrete pavement applications.  They generously shared their expertise and first-hand experiences on this issue, providing details about supply and pricing trends, as well as an outlook for the months ahead.

Special thanks also go to the members of the ACPA Jointing Task Force for reviewing the document and sharing their expertise.  The document was also written with input from ACPA Chapter/State affiliates, associations representing steel and fabricated steel manufacturers, and with information from recent news reports.

The document, which was provided to ACPA-affiliated Chapter/State for further distribution, is available on ACPA’s “Perspectives” page.

 

 

Chapter Pledges Research Funds

The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter has pledged $500,000 to the University of Arkansas for concrete pavement research. The pledge amount will be distributed over a five year period at $100,000 per year.

Te initiative was announced at the annual Arkansas Concrete Pavement Conference held in Little Rock on August 21 and 22.  The research funding was provided by the chapter membership to advance the design, construction and maintenance of concrete pavements within the State of Arkansas.

In related news, Jerry Voigt was one of several speakers representing industry and academia at the two-day conference.  He provided an overview on ACPA national activities, including program updates.

 

PCA Names Gleason Award Recipients

ACPA congratulates 2017 Chairperson Lori Tiefenthaler, Senior Director of Marketing for Lehigh Hanson Inc., for receiving the 2018 PCA John P. Gleason Jr. Leadership Award for Market Development. 

ACPA also congratulates Steve Minshall, Corporate Director – Health & Safety for Buzzi Unicem USA, and Gina Lotito, Vice President, Energy & Environmental for GCC of America, who also received 2018 Gleason Awards, respectively in the Business Continuity and Young Leaders category. Click here to see the full list of current and past recipients of this distinguished award.

“The Gleason Awards are a unique industry honor, and an excellent way to show appreciation for individuals who have raised the bar on leadership and commitment to have a positive impact on our industry and its future,” said PCA Chairman and CalPortland Company President and CEO Allen Hamblen, according to a PCA press release. 

Named after John “Jay” Gleason who served as PCA president from 1986 until his retirement in 2007, the awards were presented on August 29 during PCA’s Summer Meeting in Chicago.

 

 

ACPA to Present Market Analysis to PCA

As previously reported, the leadership and staff of ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA held an Industry Paving Summit in Chicago on July 12.  Since then, ACPA has been working on two separate initiatives aimed at greater efficiencies and marketplace impact.  Andy Gieraltowski and Jerry Voigt, with input and guidance from the ACPA Board of Directors, have been working on a state-by-state situation analysis to inform a potential new promotion plan that focuses on increasing market share over the next 10 years. The analysis and plan will be presented to the PCA Paving Committee next week for further consideration during the cement association’s fall meeting in Chicago.

On a parallel path, Leif Wathne, along with other staff and leaders of the three associations identified those activities viewed as being most critical for the industry to address within the scope of a prospective plan based on input received during the summit. These program ideas aimed, at providing support to the promotion network at the national and local level, will also be presented to the PCA Paving Committee next week.   

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