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Advocacy News

PACA Joins Coalition Advocating for a Balanced and Fair Low-Carbon Hydrogen Economy

PACA was a signatory in an industry coalition letter to Sen. Casey and Sen. Fetterman asking them to advocate with the Biden Administration and U.S. Department of Treasury to treat hydrogen produced from natural gas fairly and recognize the role the oil and gas industry must play in the low-carbon hydrogen economy. Advancing alternative energy sources like hydrogen can help secure America’s energy future.

Industry Action

UCC Building Code Public Hearings - Members Make Their Voice Heard

Thank you to the following members and staff for providing testimony on February 1, 2024, at the first of three public hearings for The Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council (RAC) regarding the proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Building Code. Two amendments are of great importance to our industry:

  1. Requiring those inspecting and testing concrete to be certified and providing a table of minimum certifications for inspectors and technicians.
  2. Requiring the testing agency to provide copies of testing reports to the concrete producer when they're issued to their client.

The members participating in the hearing were:

Susan Armstrong (PACA Staff)

Lisa Zoller (Delaware Valley Concrete)

Micah Sayles (Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.)

Chris Haus (Delaware Valley Concrete)

Tim Kindt (Pennsy Supply)

Steve Szoke (ACI)

Jim Casilio (PACA Staff)

There are still two opportunities to present testimony to the Review Advisory Council on February 29, 2024 and March 28, 2024. Please contact Susan Armstrong at [email protected] if you are interested in participating in the upcoming public hearings. Prep meetings will be held prior to the public hearings. Your voice is needed!

Increasing Social Media Presence

Specifyconcrete.org website is a treasure trove of information that gets overlooked many times, and it is high time we showcase this fountain of information! Each month, a project will be showcased with a brief summary, and a link to the case study on the website. While there are several projects for ICF’s, Roller Compacted Concrete, Decorative Concrete and Tilt-up construction, we need case studies for Flowable Fill and Full Depth Reclamation. If your company has done one of these projects, and would like to be showcased, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Market Engagement News

eLearning Has Launched!

PACA has launched its new eLearning Center to provide continuing education to the design and specifying communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage and develop relationships with the design community or the contractor base in your market area by providing an opportunity to earn CEU/PDH’s. The cost of a “key” is $20.00 per individual and is not transferable.

Our first course, on a very timely topic is “Type IL Cement: The New Cement on the Block.” This course introduces the specifier/designer to Type IL cement, what it is and how it influences the properties of concrete, both in the plastic and hardened states. Upon successful completion 0.5 CEU/PDH will be awarded. If you are interested in purchasing “keys” for distribution, please click on the following link: https://web.pacaweb.org/events/eLearning-Key-Orders-27115/details

Market Engagement Regional Meetings

PACA's “Kick Off” Regional meetings were held in the month of January, and a special thank you to Heidelberg Materials, Pennsy Supply and New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company for hosting. The objective of the Market Engagement Community is to be the primary resource for the design and specifying communities. Member engagement is essential in building the necessary relationships with our external stakeholders. Each region will help with the creation of a specifier database and continue to submit concrete specifications that refer to outdated standards or specifications. Also, the Education sub-committee will help with the development of upcoming eLearning courses.

PACA Events Calendar

Future of Power Technology For Construction Materials Equipment Event at Volvo - REGISTER HERE


When: February 29, 2024

Where: Volvo Construction Equipment Headquarters / Plant, Shippensburg, PA

Who Should Attend:

  • Operational Staff
  • Superintendents
  • Fleet Managers
  • Equipment Operators

What's Included:

  • Educational sessions on the future of power technology
  • Plant tour - limited to producer members and non-competing associate members only
  • Equipment demonstrations and hands-on operation (weather permitting)

You will be asked to confirm your plant tour and machine operation interest in the online registration form.

Onsite registration for the tour and machine operation will NOT be available. You must register in advance to participate.

Cost to attend: $100 per person.


Please note, seats are limited and this event is over HALF FULL. Only 14 seats left. Register today.

On a side note, Concrete Products magazine recently ran an article on zero-emission vehicles and specifically discusses Volvo in the article. To read the full article, GO HERE.

Announcing a Joint Technical Community Meeting for Aggregates, Concrete & Cement Industries

We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for our first Joint Technical Community Meeting of 2024. Details are as follows:

Thursday, March 7, 2024

10 AM to 2 PM

Wyndham Garden State College
310 Elks Club Road
Boalsburg, PA 16827



Virtual option available to participate via zoom.


  • $75 per person for in person option
  • $75 per company/per location for zoom option - have as many employees participate from your company as you wish using one link


March Members Forum Meeting

March Sponsor - Burch Materials & Supplies

When: Thursday, March 7th - 11:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Michele Stanley, Executive Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Topic: Government Affairs / Advocacy Update from Washington DC


April Members Forum Meeting

April Sponsor - Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.

When: Thursday, April 11th - 11:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Joseph Robinson, Chief Materials Engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Topic: PennDOT Update


Upcoming PACA Events - NO REGISTRATION, Just Mark Your Calendar


Please add the following events to your calendar. Registration opening will be announced via email blasts so please watch your inbox.

  • PACA Townhall Meeting & Golf Outing (open to all members) - co-located with PELA (for PELA class only) and PACA Board of Directors Meeting (for PACA Board members only)

Wednesday, April 24 to Thursday, April 25, 2024
Toftrees Golf Resort, State College, PA

  • PACA Summer Summit, Golf Outing and Sporting Clays Tournament (open to all members) - co-located with PACA Board of Directors meeting (for PACA Board members only)

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - PACA Board members only

Sunday, June 23, 2024 to Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - open to all members who register
(Golf - Sunday, Sporting Clays - Monday)

Hyatt Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD

  • PACA Young Leaders Development Group Annual Conference (open to all members ages 40 and under)

Wednesday, October 16 to Thursday, October 17, 2024
Liberty Mountain Resort, Fairfield, PA

Hint: start thinking about your Halloween costume now.

  • PACA Annual Meeting & Honors Program (open to all members) and PACA Board of Directors Meeting (open to PACA Board members only)

Sunday, November 17, 2024 - PACA Board members only

Monday, November 18, 2024 to Tuesday, November 19, 2024 - open to all members who register

Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA

Industry Events

26th Annual ACPA/PA Concrete Conference

The 26th Annual ACPA/PA Concrete Conference takes place at the Premier Best Western in Harrisburg on February 21-22, 2024. Click HERE for details about the Conference and click HERE to register as an attendee sponsor, and/or exhibitor.

The program includes an outstanding line-up of speakers from the industry and from our local agencies that will speak about matters of importance to the concrete pavement, construction, and materials industry. Attendees will also be able to earn professional development hours by participating.

As a partner with ACPA/PA on many matters of mutual interest, PACA members are being extended a 20% discount off the “All Others” rack rate to attend and exhibit. Please use the discount code “PACA” when registering to take advantage of the discount. Early bird registration ends February 12; please don’t hesitate to register today!

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