Drones In Masonry

As one of the oldest trades, masonry is known for its rich history, passionate workers, and beautiful long-lasting structures. However, the industry is currently trying to develop new ways to reinvigorate the profession while dealing with an aging workforce. While not...
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GEN NXT: Paul Cantarella Jr.

Words: Dan Kamys Editor's Note: This will be kicking off our new semi-regular series Generation Next. In this interview series, I will be speaking with younger professionals in the field and getting their backstories. Additionally, it is my hope that these interviews...
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Marvelous Masonry Iraq

When Jeff Buczkiewicz of the MCAA asked me to prepare a series of articles for Masonry, he suggested I describe some of the historic sites and restoration work I have seen or been involved in over the years. After giving that some thought, I decided I could do that...
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Case Study: The Creston Avenue Residence

The Volunteers of America in Greater New York and the Housing Collaborative, LLC joined forces on a unique multi-family housing project in the Bronx. The $24 million Creston Avenue Residence was to be a combination of affordable and supportive housing. In addition to...
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Social Media and Masonry

Words: Brandon Hartsell and Imani Brodie Social media is helping to shape the way the masonry industry reaches and interacts with our audience. What is social media? Let’s define it. Simply put, social media is the collective of online communication channels dedicated...
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Drones In Masonry

As one of the oldest trades, masonry is known for its rich history, passionate workers, and beautiful long-lasting structures. However, the industry is currently trying to develop new ways to reinvigorate the profession while dealing with an aging workforce. While not...

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A Glimpse Ahead: 2017

Words: Jim Toscas, President and CEO of the Portland Cement Association The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump as President was a true paradigm shift for politics in America, leaving pundits and pollsters to unravel lessons learned and derive meaning from the vote....

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A Letter To President-Elect Donald J. Trump

A Note from MCAA President Jeff Buczkiewicz This letter was developed and forwarded to President-elect Trump.  While we all know this year’s election was a very active and confrontational one, the MCAA is excited about what the new Administration will bring to issues...

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GEN NXT: Paul Cantarella Jr.

Words: Dan Kamys Editor's Note: This will be kicking off our new semi-regular series Generation Next. In this interview series, I will be speaking with younger professionals in the field and getting their backstories. Additionally, it is my hope that these interviews...

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What Was Old Is New: Thin Stone Veneer

Words: Dean Marisco I have been installing and doing outdoor design for many years, specializing in Stone Masonry/ Outdoor Design. I was the co-host of two DIY/HGTV Network shows “Rock Solid” and “Indoors Out” for  seven seasons along with doing outdoor design for...

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Be Careful With Scaffolding Attachments!

Words: Kevin O'Shea, Director Of Safety And Training At Hydro-Mobile We pride ourselves in our ability to solve problems on the job using our ingenuity, adaptability and sometimes just sheer determination to get the job done. This ‘can do’ attitude is part of the...

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Full Contact Project Manager: Go All The Way

Go All The Way 2017: Your Winning Season, Part 1 "Coach" Gary Micheloni If you want to win, get a great coach. In fact, I believe that you might need several—especially if you want to win in 2017. It’s January, the time when writers and speakers tend to talk about...

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Painter’s Corner: Welcome To My World

Welcome To My World Jerry Painter   The Publisher and Editor of Masonry Magazine wanted to give you a place to ask questions regarding Codes and Standards. Well, folks, here it is. Welcome to my world! And before you ask what a ticket to my world costs or how much the...

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Government Affairs: New Beginnings

New Beginnings Stephen A. Borg   What a way to kick-off the New Year. The Mason Contractors Association of America kicks off a new magazine, the new Congress gets sworn in on January 3rd, and President Trump gets inaugurated on January 20th. Well what does this mean...

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Chairman’s Message: A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start Michael Sutter, MCAA Chairman   What a great time to be in the Masonry Industry! After going through some tough times a few years ago, it now seems that almost everything is the complete opposite of those times. Many of us are seeing both our revenues...

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Then. Now. Forever.

Then. Now. Forever. Dan Kamys, Editor - dkamys@masonrymagazine.com Please allow me to formally introduce myself. My name is Dan Kamys, and I’m the new editor of this historic publication. First, I want to thank Karen Hickey and the former Masonry staff at Lionheart...

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Get Ready for World of Concrete and the 2017 MCAA Annual Convention

The 2017 World of Concrete (WOC)/World of Masonry exposition will be held Jan. 16–20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This annual international event, dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits, an extensive education program, and exciting competitions like MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block. It’s a can’t-miss event for every masonry professional.

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What’s in a Grade?

One of the most durable and cost-effective choices for scaffold plank by mason contractors is solid sawn scaffold plank. The two main choices these days are MSR (Machine Stress Rated) and DI 65 (Dense Industrial 65), both made from Southern yellow pine species, manufactured mostly in the Southern United States. Before the very first load of “Scaffold Grade” plank was made in 1972, mason contractors and other trades used solid lumber boards of whatever species they could find.

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