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Association News

PACA Board of Directors Approves New & Updated Community Leadership

A "community" is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. These sharing of common attitudes, interests and goals is the very reason why majority of PACA's committees are referred to as "communities" rather than committees. And, all are welcome to be a part of these communities - producer and associate members alike.

Recently, at the April Board of Directors meeting, PACA's Board of Directors approved the leadership of PACA's various communities. Thank you to all who volunteer their time and sweat equity to help promote and improve the industry across the Commonwealth.

See full list of community leaders.

Wanted - Associate Board Members

The PACA Associate Board is currently seeking two individuals who are interested in serving to fill vacancies which recently opened up due to company changes, etc.

The Associate Board meets via zoom as needed two or three times throughout the year and in-person at the Annual Meeting each November in Hershey.

The purpose of the Associate Board as defined in their bylaws is as follows:

The Committee represents dedicated professionals committed through collective advocacy to benefit PACA’s members by promoting the industry’s products and services; assisting PACA’s Board and committees; and educating the industry on equipment, supplies and services. In performing these activities, the Associate members strengthen relationship with Active members and enable business opportunities from within the Association.

If you are interested in serving on the PACA Associate Board, please contact Kallie Kline by no later than May 13th.

May PACA Members Forum to Focus on Mental Health and Mine Safety

The next PACA Members Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 AM. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this online meeting will feature a presentation by Arthur Wolfson and Raeann Burgo of Fisher & Phillips LLP entitled Mental Health and Mine Safety: How Mine Operators Can Support Employees.

The meeting will also include the latest updates from the members of PACA's Team and what we are currently working on for our members.

Please watch for further email blasts as PACA and Fisher & Phillips LLP partner to bring more information to our membership throughout the month of May focusing on mental health and mining.

See below to register for this forum.

PACA Member Forum Meeting Recordings Through April

Not able to make a past Members Forum Meeting, but are interested in hearing our guest speakers? Just a reminder, that each meeting is recorded and available for listening as your schedule allows:

January - Senator Kim Ward - VIEW

February - Mike Keiser, PennDOT - VIEW

March - Kevin Yanik, Pit & Quarry Magazine - VIEW

April - Dave Raphae;, K&L Gates, LLP - VIEW

Jobs Available - Job Listings Posted to PACA's Website Free of Charge to Members

PACA currently has three job postings from PACA member Highway Materials / St. Thomas Development listed on our website.

As a reminder, job postings are a service for PACA members free of charge. To list available jobs on PACA's website, contact Kallie Kline.

View available jobs.

Advocacy News

A Conversation with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dave White - Recording Available

If you were unable to participate in the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors zoom meeting with with Dave White, candidate for Governor on April 27th, APC has shared the recording with our membership.

Dave is the owner of an HVAC company who understands construction and our industry. During this meeting you will hear from Dave about his plans for infrastructure funding, permit relief, regulatory reform, etc. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your concerns with Dave White during the call. We suggest you invited as many colleagues and company employees as possible. Primary election day is Tuesday, May 17.


Environmental News

DEP Announces New Director of the Bureau of Mining Programs Replacement for Bill Allen

Effective April 9, 2022, Nate Houtz, P.G. has accepted the position of Director of the Bureau of Mining Programs. He replaces Bill Allen, Director of the Bureau of Mining Programs, who retired on April 8, after 39 years of service to the mining program. Nate’s new position reports directly to John Stefanko, Deputy Secretary of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations.

Nate began his career with DEP as a Licensed Professional Geologist in 2002 in the Pottsville District Mining Office. Since then, Nate has held various positions throughout his 20 years with the Department, most recently as the District Mining Manager of the Moshannon office. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Nate's replacement has not yet been named.

Any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.

Build Your Own Spotted Lantern Fly Traps - Instructions Available

As we’ve discussed previously, the spotted lanternfly is a nasty, invasive insect that can decimate grapevines and trees. One way to kill them without using insecticides is to trap them.

As they get blown out of the trees when they are young, they climb back up the tree to resume feeding, so PennState Extension has devised a trap you can make for your trees. This new style trap is made of plastic-coated insect screening and does not use any sticky material at all, which can catch small birds and animals. If you don’t want to make your own trap, do an internet search for circle weevil traps, as they are similar.

The link for instructions to build one can be found here.

Event News

Summer Summit Room Block Full

The room block for the PACA Summer Summit in June at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD, is currently full. We are working with the hotel to get more rooms added at the reduced block rate, however, per our hotel contract, THIS MAY NOT BE GUARANTEED.

If you still need to book a room, please contact Kallie Kline via email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to have your name added to the waiting list.

May Members Forum Online Meeting
May 10, 2022
Via Zoom
Spring Environmental Community Meeting
May 19, 2022
Country Club of Hershey
June Members Forum Online Meeting
Jun 7, 2022
Via Zoom
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