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ACPA to Address Steel Tariffs

In response to questions on the impact of trade tariffs, ACPA staff and members have joined together to discuss the issue and formulate a response to address current and potential concerns about steel pricing and supply among state and local agencies. During a Jointing Task Force conference call last week, a group comprised of dowel bar and other steel product manufacturers discussed the issue.   

Several ACPA members provided perspectives and background information. The next step will be for ACPA to develop a consensus statement for review and discussion by a small working group comprised of Glenn Eder (Simplex); Matt Nicholas (Dowel Bars & Baskets, LLC); Chris Schenk (O-Dowel, Inc.); and Roger Stutzman (MMFX Technologies). 

When finalized, the statement will be distributed to chapter/state affiliates for their use to answer further questions from states DOTs and other agencies.

Register Now for ACPA’s Airport Pavements Workshop

There is still time to register for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Workshop, scheduled for Aug. 28 through 30 at the Marriott San Diego Mission Valley, in San Diego, CA.

The annual workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) the first and second days, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third day. Click here to see a draft agenda for the workshop.  

Please be sure to check with the hotel for room availability and rates, or alternatively, choose from other hotels in the area.


Construction Industry Allies Discuss Hours of Service

ACPA was among 10 transportation construction associations that met Tuesday (July 31) to discuss the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

The objective was to discuss ongoing efforts within the construction industry to address the regulations and to determine next steps and other future actions. 

The group discussed the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety Act, or HOURS Act (HR6178), a bill sponsored by Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford* (R-AR-01). The group plans to meet with the Congressman’s office to assess the full intent of the bill and to understand the extent to which it offers HOS regulatory relief for the construction industry.  

“The common denominator among our construction industry allies is we are all looking for relief and flexibility related to HOS regulations,” according to Leif Wathne.  

Wathne shared ACPA’s efforts, which included an ACPA Board-approved plan to develop and submit a petition for exemption from the 30-minute break requirement and 12-hour limit on short haul exceptions. The petition was submitted to the FMCSA on June 12, and ACPA expects to see a formal response sometime in late December.

Further discussions will focus on whether to support the HOURS Act, as well as whether a broader construction industry exemption needs to be pursued.

* Rep. Crawford serves as Subcommittee Chairman on House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, as well as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee where he is a member of the subcommittees on Highway and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Economic Development.


Don’t Miss the ACPA Airport Pavements Workshop

There are still a few seats available ACPA’s popular Airport Pavement Workshop, which will be held August 28 through 30 in San Diego

The annual workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) the first and second days, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third day.  

The workshop will be held at the Marriott San Diego Mission Valley, in San Diego. Please click on the dedicated hotel registration link to register online or call for reservations. If calling, please be sure to ask for the ACPA room block when making reservations.

Click here to see a draft agenda for the workshop.

NACA Partners Map Strategies, Communications

Government affairs representatives of the associations comprising the North American Concrete Alliance met in Washington, DC, on July 27.

The primary focus of discussion related to infrastructure investment and the recent “discussion” draft introduced by T&I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA-9) last week.  Discussions also touched on ongoing efforts to develop a NACA website to communicate the group’s legislative and policy priorities with legislators, regulators and members.  The group anticipates launching the NACA website by the end of August.

 “The associations continue to coordinate and collaborate actively on topics of strategic interest to all our members,” says Leif Wathne, who represented ACPA members at the meeting.   

“We’re making good progress,” he says, adding, “The group’s broad and varied expertise represents significant value to our collective memberships. 

“Together, the NACA partners represent a formidable force in the transportation-construction industry, and our industry’s government affairs posture will be expressed prominently via the website and related communications,” he says. A related topic was coordinating fundraising and other PAC activities to provide an even greater presence among lawmakers.

NACA is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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