ACI CNY Newsletter - November 2014

New logo and look -- same great association! 

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.
  • "Why Fibers Should Excite You" presented by Dave Orzel - Register by 11/13!
  • Reminder: Membership Dues
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message

Hello All,

What an awesome demo with Roller Compacted Concrete!  The toughness of ACI CNY members can never be questioned. Sure, it was raining and cold, but you wouldn’t know it by the great attitudes and great turnout for the event! Knowing we would soon be eating excellent BBQ helped stave off the cold as well….

Thanks again to Riccelli Northern for hosting and to Lan-Co and Vantage Equipment for conducting the lay down. The huge Volvo HD paver was a big hit with certain elements of the audience! From the questions and comments from the participants I believe people were truly interested in this pavement option, and learned a bunch about using it.

It’s time to go back inside for our next educational dinner meeting. Registration is open for our good friend, Dave Orzel’s presentation on fiber reinforcement in concrete. This promises to be a very informational talk on current practices and uses. Dave is no stranger to ACI CNY. If you have seen his other presentations in the past, you already know this is a talk you are not going to want to miss!

Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.

Wednesday, 11/19
"Why Fibers Should Excite You"
Presented by Dave Orzel

DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment. 

Registration due by Thursday, 11/13.

Program description:

The presentation will discuss and illustrate performance fiber reinforcement technology today. From inception, the perceived value of fiber reinforcement has been viewed in a very narrow scope. The program will attempt to illustrate and showcase the expanded usage of performance fibers in concrete slabs-on-grade (as well as other applications) to give the design professional greater flexibility to ensure  functional and cost effective concrete structures. Presenter Dave Orzel  will provide suggestions for specifiers, contractors, and ready-mix producers to conveniently place both concrete – AND reinforcement – at the same time! 

Presented by:

David A. Orzel - Manager – FRC Orzel, LLC
Distributor of fiber reinforcement systems for concrete
Education: BSME
Based in Williamsville, NY
Phone: 716-998-6486, Fax: 716-817-9555

Dave obtained his Mechanical Engineering Degree at SUNY Buffalo. Dave’s 34 years of experience in construction includes  research and development, physical testing and fire-testing of construction products, code approvals, product trials, and field project experience.

Dave’s career began at National Gypsum Corporation as a Research Engineer. His responsibilities included structural testing and fire testing of the Corporations’ products, as well as testing for outside companies. The position also required technical support of sales,and direct interaction with specifiers.

Dave took the position of Director of Technical Support for Martin Fireproofing Incorporated, a national manufacturer of specialty concrete roof planking and Fibroplank structural cement wood fiber planks (Portland cement and wood fiber matrix). Because of their uniqueness, these products required extensive promotional sales and product support, and development of test data to satisfy the design and specification community.

Dave then co-founded MetRepCo, a manufacturer’s representative firm promoting construction products throughout Upstate NY. Dave successfully ran MetRepCo for nine years. In 2005, Dave sold MetRepCo and began to work with Propex Concrete Systems, first as a Territory Manager selling fiber reinforcement for concrete, and then as a national promotional manager for geotextiles and fiber reinforcement. With his extensive national construction product experience, Dave worked with and trained some of the largest specifying firms, government agencies, and contractors in the country.

At the start of 2013, Dave started FRC Orzel, LLC – specifically focusing on fiber reinforcement of concrete in his local market area. Dave has been involved with millions of square feet of concrete flatwork, shotcrete applications, and precast work in NY, PA, and OH, and has been responsible for tremendous growth in the use of macro-synthetic fiber and steel fiber for reinforcement of concrete.  

Reminder: Membership Dues

Reminder emails have been sent out this season asking ACI CNY members to renew their membership. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Latreille at 

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2013-2014 sponsors (2014-2015 sponsors coming soon!):

Atlantic Testing Laboratories

CME Associates, Inc.

C & S Companies


Heuber Breuer


Jefferson Concrete Corp.


Klepper, Hahn &

Precast Concrete Association
of New York

Biggs Associates


Whitacre Engineering


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