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Minnich’s Back Pack Concrete Vibrator Takes Top Honor

The Minnich Manufacturing 50 cc, gas-powered back pack concrete vibrator has been named to EQUIPMENT TODAY’s 2020 list of Contractors’ Top 50 New Products.

Introduced to the marketplace at World of Concrete in February, the concrete vibrator has quickly become a popular piece of equipment among concrete contractors in the U.S. and Canada.

The editorial team from EQUIPMENT TODAY and compiled product inquiries and web page views from new products featured in Equipment Today over a 12-month period from May 2019 to April 2020. Winning products represent the leading edge of innovation, quality, efficiency and productivity in the construction equipment field today.

“The products recognized by the annual Contractors’ Top 50 New Products awards represent what contractors are seeking most to boost profitability on their construction projects,” asserts Becky Schultz, Equipment Today editor. “The high level of interest they generated from Equipment Today readers and visitors to demonstrates that these are products contractors feel are capable of improving performance, efficiency and productivity on their jobsites.”

 For more information about the back pack concrete vibrator, visit www.minnich-mfg or call 419-903-0010.

FHWA Video Spotlights Real-Time Smoothness Sensors

One of the many instructional videos from the FHWA is called, “Real-Time Smoothness Sensor Installation.” This ~7 minute video describes the two sensor types made by Ames Engineering and GOMACO Corp., both ACPA member companies.

Real-time smoothness sensors are attached to slip form concrete paving equipment and allow contractors to assess pavement smoothness during construction.

The video presents step-by-step instructions for installing the sensors, while also presenting tips and general information about using the sonic (GOMACO) and laser (AMES) sensors and on-board computers. Click here to view the video.

ACPA To Participate in National Airport Officials Conference

ACPA will be exhibiting at the National Airport Officials (NASAO) 2020 Virtual Conference from September 14 through 16.

Gary Mitchell and Greg Dean will represent the ACPA concrete promotion network, with support from Bill Davenport.

The conference will include keynote remarks by FAA Administrator, Steve Dickson; virtual exhibits; and presentations (including Greg’s presentation on concrete overlays for general aviation airports). Participants also have the opportunity to visit virtual booths and to chat with representatives from more than 30 companies and organizations. Participants can even win prizes based on their visits to exhibitors’ booths.

ACPA is encouraging visitors to check out the ACPA booth (shown above).  After registering, log-in, then select the “exhibit hall,” then scroll left to right (or drop down the exhibitors list to find “American Concrete Pavement Association.” Be sure to check out all the features of our booth, including videos, links to literature, and links to other useful information.

Whether you’re a regular NASAO Conference participant or would like to try it for the first time, this is a great opportunity to see what this event and organization have to offer. The cost is only $60 to NASAO non-members and $30 for members. ACPA is encouraging chapters and others with an interest in the GA airport market to register and attend. Click here for more information and a registration link.

ACPA Participates in National Concrete Consortium Meeting

The National Concrete Consortium (NC2) held its Fall meeting last week. Eric Ferrebee and Larry Scofield participated in the meeting, which consisted of a series of 3-hour webinars held last Tuesday through Thursday.

The NC2 Meetings are hosted by the CP Tech Center as a venue for federal and state agencies, academia, and industry to discuss concrete pavement research and technology transfer initiatives.

Each day’s three-hour webinar featured two main themes related to concrete research and technology. Tuesday’s topics included alkali-silica reactivity (ASR) and lightweight cellular concrete. Each topic featured a variety of presenters including representatives from FHWA and PCA.

The program for Wednesday included State’s Experiences with performance engineered mixture (PEM) testing and dowel and tie bar performance, interactions, and experiences. Wednesday’s presenters included Kevin McMullen of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association. He presented an update on Wisconsin’s PEM implementation.

On Thursday, presentations included an update on the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) and other project updates, including a presentation by Dr. Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University.  His presentation explained what happens to the concrete air void system as the material is pumped.

The recorded webinars, along with the PDF copies of the presentations, can be accessed on the CP Tech Center’s website at: The next NC2 Is scheduled for April 13 – 15 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read the Latest Concrete Pavement Progress

The third-quarter 2020 issue of ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS (CPP) magazine is now available. In this issue, we explore paving in the age of safe distancing with our in-depth coverage, including perspectives from ACPA members.

This issue also includes a timely guest editorial by David Kearney, Executive Director of TRIP.

We also include another installment of the popular construction law column by Tom Olson and Rielly Lund of Olson Construction Law, an ACPA member. To view our current issue, follow this link to view our digital flipbook.

CPP traces its roots back to 1965, but in its current form, the publication is more popular than ever, thanks to a clean, quick-to-read format, large photos, and short summaries of projects. Shouldn’t your most recent concrete pavement construction, rehab, or CPR project be featured in the magazine?

Click here for more information or to submit a project story for consideration, for subscription information, editorial/photo guidelines, and other information about CPP!

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