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Featured App: Area and Volume Calculator

AreaVolumeAppACPA offers this simple applet that allows users to calculate plan area and volume of material based quickly on a pavement or subbase/subgrade layer’s thickness, width, and length.

To use ACPA’s Area and Volume Calculator, simply enter thickness, width, and length (using English or Metric settings).   After pressing the “calculate” button, users can then see the area and volume.   With this information, users can also calculate tons of cement, presuming the calculated area and volume is a concrete surface course. 

For this and other apps and software interfaces, visit ACPA’s apps library at:

Vulcan Materials Appoints New Chief Executive

Vulcan Materials Company, an ACPA member company, recently appointed J. Thomas Hill as President and Chief Executive Officer, and also elected him to the Board of Directors. Hill, the Company’s former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Hill-VulcanMaterials-Aug2014Officer, succeeds Donald James, who will assume the role of Executive Chairman.

“Having successfully navigated the worst downturn in our industry’s history, now is the right time to put in place our new leadership team, led by Tom, to guide the company and expand our market leadership in the industry,”  James said.  “Tom has been a tremendous asset to our Company over the years, particularly as we successfully enhanced Vulcan’s profitability and financial strength during the market downturn and positioned the Company for strong performance during the recovery.

“Tom is a proven leader with vast operational and industry experience and superlative management skills. He is the right person at the right time to lead our company forward in its next phase of growth. Given his strong track record at Vulcan, deep understanding of our organization and close relationship with the management team, we are confident that Tom will transition seamlessly into this new role,” he added.

Titan America Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Titan America, an ACPA member company, announced on August 1 that Bill Zarkalis has been named as its Chief Executive Officer.

Zarkalis previously served with the parent company, Titan Cement SA, where he was Group Chief Financial Officer since 2010 and Executive Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning prior to that.

“It was a great learning opportunity and a privilege to take a detour from a long career in business management roles and serve Titan as the Group Chief Financial Officer and I’m now thrilled to be with Titan America,” stated Zarkalis.

“The building materials and construction industry has faced a deep and prolonged crisis. Our company has successfully zarkalis-titanamericaweathered economic storms on both sides of the Atlantic and I’m grateful for our dedicated employees and the character and leadership that it took to get through this difficult period.

“We’ll continue to focus our efforts on restoring financial fitness while we build a healthier, more profitable Titan America.  Our future looks strong and I’m confident about our continued growth and success,” he said.

Before joining Titan, Zarkalis previously served with The Dow Chemical Company, including positions as Global Vice President of Dow Automotive; Global Business Director of Specialty Plastics and Elastomers; and Global Business Director of Synthetic Latex.

He has represented Titan in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Round Table, and the Cement Sustainability Initiative.   Zarkalis received a Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from both The National Technical University at Athens and the University of Pennsylvania.  (Source:  Titan America.)

Straight Facts About Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements: New Developments and Future Directions

The following links are for the recorded version, as well as the combined presentations for the ACPA/NPCA webinar, “Straight Facts about Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements: New Developments and Future Directions” (July 15, 2014).   

Due to technical difficulties, some registrants did not receive the password for the live presentation.   The same issue impacted the beginning of the webinar, and so approximately 10 to 15 minutes of the recorded presentation are missing.   We regret the inconvenience, but are providing both the full presentation and the final 90% of the recorded presentation.

To view the presentation materials as a PDF, please click here.   (Please note:  Adobe Acrobat reader or similar software is required to view this file.)

To view the available portion of the recorded presentation, please click here.

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To view the recording you will need to download and play the .ARF file using Cisco’s WebEx recorded video player.

Acquire the player by following one of the links below:


Volvo Opens Customer Care Center

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), an ACPA member, announced it has opened its North American Customer Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

The event was commemorated with a ribbon cutting by U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.-09);  Rep. Lou Barletta; Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.-04); Volvo CE Americas President Göran Lindgren; Swedish Ambassador to the United States Björn Lyrvall; Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway (R-33), and other dignitaries.

The company says the $100 million investment in the customer center confirms its long-term commitment to the North American market.  It facility also represents the consolidation of Volvo CE’s operations on one site, which involved moving the Americas Sales Headquarters from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and localizing machine production in Shippensburg. 

“The investments we have made show that Volvo CE is better positioned than ever before to support our dealers and offer our customers a unique experience,” said Volvo CE Americas President Göran Lindgren. “The Customer Center is designed to give our customers and dealers hands-on experience with our machines and provide the help they need to put them to good use through training, information and support.”

Customer Center
The 40-acre  customer center is designed to combine sales and operator training with customer and company dealer visits, as well as large-scale events such its Volvo Days.  The center includes a 20,000 SF customer event facility and a new equipment demonstration area (that replicates actual job sites).  The customer center also will house a new brand shop and Heritage Hall, which will highlight Volvo’s history.   The company also plans to include its Road Institute for customer training in the near future.

Lindgren estimates that more than 6,000 customers, operators, and dealer personnel are expected to visit the new complex for training, as well as sales and marketing activities annually. 

Volvo CE's ribbon-cutting ceremony including political officials including Members of Congress and the Swedish Ambassador to the United States.

Volvo CE’s ribbon-cutting ceremony including political officials including Members of Congress and the Swedish Ambassador to the United States.



(Photo courtesy of Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, Pa.)

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