ACPA Leads Concrete Pavement Workshop
- Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:59
For the third consecutive year, ACPA conducted training workshops for DOT officials and contractors in Florida.
Working closely with Amy Wedel and Roger Schmitt of the Florida Chapter-ACPA, Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder conducted training in Davie and Orlando, FL.
Training this year concentrated on pavement design (using AASHTOWare’s Pavement ME) and construction practices. Training last year and in 2017 focused on concrete pavement jointing.
Audience groups were comprised of just Florida DOT representatives and contractors. ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA member John Eisenhower (Guntert & Zimmerman) were also on hand to lend support. Chairman Mack also brought three industry professionals from Sweden.
The workshop also featured a panel discussion titled “From the Office to the Field – Lessons Learned from US 17.” The discussion centered on a project by Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., an ACPA member. Discussing the project were to Florida DOT officials, who were joined by an Ajax company official in Davie.
Pavement design topics included: a history and background of M-E pavement design, jointed plain concrete pavement design, sensitivity analyses for critical inputs and engineering solutions, hands on Pavement M-E training, and additional design considerations. Construction topics included best practices for constructing smooth, durable concrete pavements; troubleshooting field problems and constructability issues, and traffic management.
Photo caption: Participants discuss concrete pavement example problems (foreground) as Jim Mack and Eric Ferrebee respond to questions and comments (upper right).
Emerging Leaders Group Sharpens Focus
- Sunday, 31 March 2019 10:54
The ACPA Emerging Leaders Group (ELG), including two new members, met last month at The Center/Heritage Group in Indianapolis.
ACPA Chairman Jim Mack and Ben Robuck (both of CEMEX) were on hand to support the group. Steve Friess, ACPA Treasurer and contractor member with Milestone Contractors LP, provided an ACPA board update and explained the board’s hopes for the ELG. The meeting was once again facilitated by Regina Feltman of Updraft Consulting.
A key focus of the meeting was to advance the agendas of the working groups, which were started last year to focus on Technology, Specifications, Workforce Development, and Marketing. The working groups at this meeting focused on SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. As they created SMART goals, the group also completed a stakeholder mapping activity to identify who holds power and who influences that power in organizations. The stakeholder mapping process was also used to help inform the steps of each group’s goals.
The group also participated in a storytelling exercise in which Regina explained how to frame a compelling story. This included ideas on how to use storytelling to enhance presentations and informal discussions of ideas. Another session focused on identifying and using different tactics for influencing people’s actions. The ELG also discussed other ideas, including ways to make the ACPA awards banquet more engaging and interesting.
Following the first day’s meeting, the group visited Speedway Indoor Karting for indoor kart races, followed by a group dinner at Big Woods. During dinner the group participated in an ‘fun facts’ excercise where ELG members heard two fun facts and had to guess which group member the facts were about.
The ELG is planning its next meeting during the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in June. The working groups will continue to work on projects and will propose ideas to the ACPA Board.
Mack Named 2019 ACPA Chairman
- Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:11
James W. “Jim” Mack, Director of Market Development-Commercial Strategy for CEMEX has been named the 56th Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors.
He assumed the role with the traditional gavel passing ceremony last Thursday at the closing awards dinner at the ACPA annual meeting. Chuck Niederriter, 2018 Chairman (and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Co.) said Jim is the first Chairman in the history of ACPA to have served with a cement company, a regional shipper’s group, an ACPA-affiliated Chapter, ACPA National, and PCA.
“The combination of his work experiences, business sense, and his technical prowess give him some unique perspectives on the industry,” Chairman Niederriter says, adding, “But even more than that, Jim has a well-deserved reputation as being a staunch and tireless advocate for concrete pavements.”
Jim thanked Chuck for his service as 2018 Chairman and described his two major objectives as 2019 Chairman.
“The first is the implementation of the industry pavement promotion plan,” he said, adding, “The second item I want to focus on is the continuation of the ConcreteCOMPETES initiative started by Chairman Niederriter.” The initiative is about aligning resources at the national level to scale up pavement promotion and to support the local promotion network, he says.
CEMEX Opens its First U.S. Admixture Blending Plants
- Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:10
CEMEX announced on Sept. 5 the opening of the company’s first admixture blending plant in the United States. The plant will provide CEMEX’s nearby ready-mix plants with up to 16 different products for regular and high performance concrete. When fully-operational, the Brooksville, FL-plant will service close to 160 company ready mix facilities throughout Florida and the mid-south region.
In related news, CEMEX announced on Sept. 12 that it has purchased a turnkey aggregates quarry from Blue Star Materials II. The 122-acre site and quarry plant are located in Chico, Texas, about 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
For more information about both these developments, visit CEMEX’ press room.
ACPA Members in the News
- Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:32
Here’s a snapshot view of recent news reported by ACPA members.
- Cemex says it is the first company to operate cement plants by remote control. Click here for details.
- GOMACO is training large numbers of students at its GOMACO University training course. Click here for details, as well as upcoming classes.
- Power Pavers video offers tips for setting bridge parapet stringlines. Click here for an instructional video.
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