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The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) is pleased to announce Susan Armstrong has joined the association in a newly formed role as the director of specifications and sustainability.

“The board of directors and staff are excited to have Susan on board,” said Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association board chairperson Jeff Detwiler from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. “With her professional experience and knowledge of the association, we have no doubt she will excel in helping to move the crushed stone, ready mixed concrete, sand and gravel, and cement industries forward.”

In this role, Armstrong will be responsible for improving the residential and commercial market for aggregates, ready mixed concrete, and cement by educating and building relationships with specifiers, owners, developers, and contractors by reducing roadblocks created by inefficient and outdated or improper specifications and codes.

Armstrong comes to PACA from the Central Builders Supply Company, where she most recently served as the company’s treasurer. She also worked as an adjunct professor in concrete science technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology while serving on the PACA board of directors, as the concrete technical community chair and representative on the FHWA-PennDOT State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC).

Armstrong received her bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in business administration/accounting and a master’s in business management from Bucknell University.

Susan's Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (570) 428-2338

PACA to Partner With NRMCA on Think Like an Owner Course

PACA will be partner with this National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) to host the national association's Think Like an Owner course.

This course for the ready mixed concrete industry teaches its participants about financial management and performance of successful ready mix operations. The course was developed based on insights gleaned from NRMCA’s annual Performance Benchmarking Survey and intended to give participants an overview of the industry, focusing on identifying and addressing the factors that are causing the ready mix industry to see poor returns and deteriorating results in a strong market.

The course examines elements of successful firms and teaches participants how to manage profitable operations – from reading and understanding financial statements to thinking in terms of economic profit. This course is a must-attend for plant managers to company presidents who want to run their operations profitably. Participants can expect hands-on exercises and in-class quizzes.

While the course primarily focuses on the ready mix industry, aggregate members also benefit from participating.

The course will be held in Harrisburg on July 19-20, 2023. More information and the link to register is available here - https://www.nrmca.org/course/t...

July PACA Members Forum to Feature Representative from PA Turnpike Commission

PACA's July Members Forum online meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th at 11 AM.

The July members forum sponsor is Conviber, Inc.

The July featured speaker is Bradley Heigel, P.E.; Chief Engineer for the PA Turnpike Commission.

To register,GO HERE.

#ICYMI - June Members Forum Recording Available

The recording of this month's Members Forum Monthly Meeting is now available.

This month's featured speaker was PennDOT's Acting Deputy Secretary Mike Rebert, P.E.

The full agenda was as follows:


Featured Speakers: PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll and PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Michael Rebert, P.E.

  • Topic: PennDOT Update

Government Affairs. Hank Butler

  • Budget Madness

Regulatory. Josie Gaskey

  • DEP Staff Update

Technical. Jim Casilio, P.E.

  • Addressing Improper Field Testing

Peter Vlahos, President/CEO

  • 2023 Summer Summit, June 25-27, 2023 in Cambridge, Maryland

Open Dialogue.


To view the recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/sh... Passcode: h=ftk%4G

Environmental News

DEP Director, Bureau of Mining Offices

Dan Sammarco, DEP Director, Bureau of Mining Offices is retiring from DEP at the end of this month and going to the federal Office of Surface Mining.

Dave Thomas, Cambria Office, has been appointed Acting Director while DEP interviews for a permanent replacement for Dan.

Should you have any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.

Members in the News

NRMCA Announces Executives Selected for 2023 Developing Industry Leaders Program

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association recently announced their full roster of rising-star executives selected for the national association's 2023 Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) program.

We wish to congratulate three PACA members who were chosen to be a part of this program:

  • Wade Armstrong, Delaware Valley Concrete Co., Inc.
  • Mario Diliberto, Delaware Valley Concrete Co., Inc.
  • Dominic Giovannucci, Heidelberg Materials

This year’s class represents 21 states, said NRMCA Vice President, Education, Eileen Dickson. The DIL program runs under the auspices of NRMCA’s Workforce Development Committee. Its goal is to develop future industry executive leaders. While in the program, participants gain insight into critical factors on national and strategic levels. Equally critical is the opportunity to work on a diverse team with peers from across the country. This peer-centric program, with its accompanying industry mentorship with DIL alumni and senior NRMCA staff, encourages participants to make lifelong, career friends. Click here to learn more.

FieldForce Rentals, Services, & Sales adds new Hershey area location, expands services for municipal and industrial customers

PACA Member FieldForce Rentals, Services, & Sales announced today that it has acquired a new site in the Hershey area to expand their geographic footprint. The 9330 Allentown Boulevard, Grantville, PA location will serve as a home base for part of the company’s large fleet of rental equipment.

“FieldForce provides rental equipment and solutions for complex water management projects, including bypass, dewatering, temporary pipeline on an emergency or scheduled basis. The new Hershey yard will enable us to quickly deploy equipment to municipal and industrial customers in an expanded service area,” said Jeff Wehler, VP of Business Development for FieldForce.

FieldForce serves the municipal and industrial sectors with rental pumps, compressors, generators, tank and water storage, light plants, and heating equipment. The company is an authorized dealer of Atlas Copco Power Technique equipment. Recently, FieldForce expanded its services to offer bypass pumping, temporary pipelines, dewatering, emergency response, and specialized filtration services.

Based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, FieldForce is a division of Keystone Clearwater Solutions, a leading water and wastewater management provider for the natural gas industry in the Northeast. The company has additional locations across Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Learn more at FieldForceRentals.com

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