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Concrete Award Nominations, Hall of Fame Nominations & Honors Program Submissions Due September 27th

It's time to think AWARDS as the PACA Annual Meeting and Honors Program is closing in.

Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards

During the Honors Program, PACA bestows the Association’s Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards to those outstanding projects that highlight what makes this industry great. The Recognition Awards honor those projects that show superiority and distinction in the areas of commercial, residential, decorative projects and/or other projects, companies or people of note in Pennsylvania.

The guidelines for nomination eligibility for these awards are available here. In order to be considered for the concrete awards, please submit all required materials to Ken Crank by no later than September 27th.

Hardcopies should be sent to PACA, 2040 Linglestown Road, Ste. 204, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame

The workers of the aggregates, concrete and cement industries in Pennsylvania have helped to make our state what it is today! The PACA Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding individuals in the industry for their outstanding achievements and their contributions to their country, their community, their company and/or the industry as a whole.

Nominees may be recognized by their companies or peers for significant contributions including, but not necessarily limited to, loyalty to a company through long term employment, leadership, safety, ingenuity, service to the community, service to their country, and/or stewardship to the environment.

Nomination criteria/submission information is available here.. Nominate an outstanding employee today by completing the nomination information and returning it to Kallie Kline by no later September 27th.

Honors Program Recognition

While the Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Awards mentioned above have been a part of the PACA Honors Program for many years - it was greatly expanded in 2018. This enhanced program is an honored and cherished portion of the Annual Meeting in Hershey and we would value the opportunity to highlight your and/or your company's accomplishments at the meeting.

Honors may include the aforementioned PACA Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards, as well as, national award recognition, and any other special acknowledgements that your company or an employee of your company has received and you would like highlighted in front of your industry peers.

If you company or an employee of your company has received any special recognitions that you would like the industry to be aware of, please contact Kallie Kline to be included in the Annual Meeting Honors Program by September 27th.

PACA Board and Associate Board Seek Candidates for 2024 Election

Both the PACA Board of Directors and the Associate Board of Directors are seeking candidates for the 2024 election for a 3-year term from 2025 to 2027. Interested candidates should email their interest and qualifications to the appropriate staff liaison.

The PACA Board is open to any member producer of concrete, aggregates and/or cement only. The Associate Board is open to any supplier business partner that is a member of PACA.

Please note that the PACA bylaws state "one company, one vote," therefore if there is a representative from your corporate entity currently sitting on the either board, another candidate is ineligible to serve.

Deadline is August 30th to respond.

For the PACA Board, please send your nomination interest to Peter Vlahos.

For the Associate Board, please email Kallie Kline.

Sponsor Spotlight

Conviber, Inc.

Eastern Pennsylvania

State College Stocking Center
3500 E. College Avenue
Unit 1700
State College, PA 16801

Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Stocking Center
644 Garfield Street
Springdale, PA 15144

Ph: 1-800-548-9315

Technical News

Needed – Concrete Mix Designs from Airport Construction Projects

As we work with the research team for the ASR block study, there is a need to establish what are the typical FAA (any airport work) mix designs for projects within our region.

Please send me any FAA / airport project mix designs that you may have done in the past 10 years or so, no matter how small the project!!

We will use these mix designs to determine average properties, primarily average cementitious contents, to help select the mix(s) we will use for the block study.

I will tabulate the information from these to establish average values for our research. If it is necessary to share these mixture designs with FAA, I will redact all proprietary information prior to sharing them with anyone.

Please send your mix designs to Jim Casilio by this Friday, July 12th or at the latest Friday, July 19th, [email protected].

Certification News

Coming Soon! ACI Self Consolidating Concrete Certification

On July 8th, Ken Crank (PACA), Susan Armstrong (PACA), Collin Bender (CarbonCure) and Andrew Wittle (York Building Products) participated in the ACI Self Consolidating Concrete Certification program at the ACI Midl-Atlantic Resource Center in Columbia MD.

The course reviewed the five ASTM standards used in testing SCC, including:

  • ASTM C1610 Standard Test Method for Static Segregations of Self-Consolidating Concrete Using Column Technique
  • ASTM C1611 Standard Test Method for Slump Flow of Self-Consolidating Concrete
  • ASTM C1621 Standard Test Method for Passing Ability of Self-Consolidating Concrete by J-Ring
  • ASTM C1712 Standard Test Method for Rapid Assessment of Static Segregation Resistance of Self-Consolidating Concrete Using Penetration Test
  • ASTM C1758 Standard Practice for Fabricating Test Specimens with Self-Consolidating Concrete

Be on the lookout for classes beginning in the fall!

PACA Events Calendar

PA Politics & Government Affairs Community Meeting Scheduled

Monday, August 12, 2024

Location - Harrisburg Capitol Building


9:45 AM - Arrival at Capitol - allow plenty of time to get through security

10:00 AM - PA Politics program begins (currently under development)

Noon - Lunch

2:00 PM - Program concludes

2:30 PM - Tour of PA Capitol Building - a must see if you've never done it before!

Cost to attend: $75 per person

This updated format will expose attendees to many voices, including the General Assembly, agency leaders and industry champions.

The Government Affairs Community meeting will include our PAC strategy for the November election, education materials developed for members and their employees and an update on the redesigned PACA website focused on our advocacy efforts.


Other Dates to Remember

September 12, - PACA Mental Health First Aid Seminar, Lehigh Valley, PA

September 19 - PACA Superintendent Workshop, Nazareth, PA

October 16-17 - PACA Young Leaders Conference, Gettysburg, PA

November 18-19 - PACA Annual Meeting, Hershey, PA

Members in the News

Q4 Impact Group Offers New Earth Science Magazine

About a year ago, the team at Q4 Impact Group started hatching a very BOLD idea! Why not start an earth science magazine for kids from 8-80. A magazine so cool that everyone will be more curious about where things come and why we care so much. And now it’s finally launched!

Subscribe today and get inspiring stories, fun activities, and curiosity-sparking content delivered right to your door. It is an awesome publication for the whole family!

Here are some of the stories you won’t want to miss!

August is the Space Issue

  • Connecting Spaces: The Journey of Building a Road
  • Rocketing Into Space
  • Geology on Other Planets
  • Making Space for Mining Underground
  • Batteries: Mining Minerals Make Possible

September is the Fossil Issue

  • Fossils Are Buried Treasures
  • Amazing Uses of Limestone
  • Burning Rock to Make Cement & Lime
  • Following Prehistoric Tracks
  • Our Living Fossils

How to Subscribe:

  1. Visit the website at www.boldermagazine.com/subscribe
  2. Use the promo code PACA25 to receive 25% off

Thank you for subscribing and helping sustain this important publication!!

Command Alkon Announces Acquisition of Marcotte Systems

Command Alkon Acquires Marcotte Systems, Strengthening Commitment to Service and Innovation for the Heavy Building Materials Industry

Command Alkon, the leading global software and solutions provider for the heavy building materials industry, proudly announces the acquisition of Marcotte Systems, a technology leader providing best-in-class software solutions for producing and delivering concrete. This strategic acquisition includes all Marcotte’s products, brings their employees onto the Command Alkon Team, and reinforces Command Alkon’s dedication to leading the ready mix/concrete, aggregates, and asphalt technology industry. The combined expertise and talents of the companies will accelerate innovation and advance the next generation of Cloud applications and Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Have Questions? Read FAQs HERE.

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