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CS Hub in the News

The latest MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub newsletter (Sept. 28 edition) features news about Dr. Jeremy Gregory’s testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Environment and Climate Change subcommittee.  The CS Hub’s executive director delivered informative and compelling remarks about the role of concrete in sustainable development and strategies to reduce its environmental impact.  His comments provided some perspectives that run counter to incomplete and inaccurate information often communicated by the media and other information sources.

The newsletter also included a summary of a research brief that details the role of pavements in meeting greenhouse gas-reduction targets.  The research brief describes an approach to network asset management in Missouri that would reduce C0emissions by 29.9 million metric tons on the state’s highways.

The newsletter also included an overview of a research brief that describes a new performance-based planning model proposed CSHub researchers that could help state DOT’s better manage what the ASCE estimates is a $420 billion backlog of projects.

To subscribe to the newsletter, click on the subscription link on the lower, right corner of the CS Hub’s website.

Make Plans Now for Golf

Calling all golfers! ACPA is asking anyone interested in playing golf during the upcoming Annual Meeting to select the golf option on the event registration section of the annual meeting website.  The pro shop has asked that we provide an estimated number of golfers by next Tuesday, October 1. 

Golf is planned to begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at the nearby English Turn Golf Club. Transportation will be provided to and from the course.

Please help us plan ahead by selecting the golf option, and if you haven’t made your hotel and event registration plans yet, now is the perfect time to register for the annual meeting.  This will ensure you reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott and provide us with accurate counts for planning luncheons, receptions and other details of the meeting. 

To take advantage of the discounted hotel room 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/.  

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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Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Precast Association Names New CEO

The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) has selected Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE, to serve as President and CEO. He will begin January 2. He will succeed Ty Gable, FASAE, CAE, who will retire at the end of the year after serving NPCA almost 26 years.

Grubbe brings more than 25 years of non-profit executive leadership experience in associations, foundations and government. He previously led the Appraisal Institute, National Fraternal Congress of America and the Think First Foundation. He has also been active in the Association Forum of Chicagoland, having served as Chair of the Board. In addition to his nonprofit experience, Grubbe has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Transportation and in the White House.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity with NPCA,” Grubbe said. “As just the fourth President and CEO since the organization’s founding in 1965, I have some big shoes to fill following Ty Gable. With our nation’s leaders currently considering significant infrastructure investment in the next few years, the future for precast concrete products is very solid. I’m delighted to join with the organization’s seasoned leadership and outstanding staff team in ensuring that precast concrete manufacturers and products are at the forefront of that historic investment in our country.” 

The NPCA represents manufacturers of quality precast concrete products and industry suppliers. The association has members in all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 11 other countries.

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