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Industry Perspectives: False Fire-Related Claims Can Undermine Public Confidence in Building Codes and Masonry Designs

May 2016 By Bob Sullivan Fire safety is foundational to both masonry construction and all building codes. False marketing claims that negate fire safety have the potential to destroy the public’s trust in both masonry construction and building codes. In the mid-1990s, two aminoplast masonry foam insulation manufacturers, Tailored Chemical Products Inc. and Thermal Corporation…

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Chairman’s Message: The 2016 MCAA Legislative Conference

Our Washington, D.C., fly-in, the 2016 MCAA Legislative Conference, is nearly here. We will be on Capitol Hill in force on May 18 and 19, telling our stories to our elected officials. They truly want to hear how they can help us grow our businesses and hire more people, especially in an election year like the one we are in currently.…

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From the Editor: Building Safety Month

This month is Building Safety Month, organized by the International Code Council (ICC). Is safety the top priority at your business? Unless a rigorous safety protocol is in place, sometimes it’s easy to get too comfortable and become lax in work practices.…

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Government affairs: Workforce — A Change in Perception and Practice

The MCAA is getting ready to embark on a rather significant task of trying to change the way our country prepares young people for their futures. For far too long, we have had our government pushing kids to go to college when they graduate from high school. The trades have taken a back seat and have been relegated to the thing for kids who are “not capable of college” or for the “troubled kids.”…

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Business Building: Are Employees Stealing From You?

Have you ever had the worst day possible? One of my construction company coaching clients recently told me a long and winding tale of employee theft and deception too horrible to believe. He had recently hired a new controller. As the controller began to take over the accounting department, he discovered some unusual situations. For starters, the company cell phone bill included three phones he couldn’t identify. He called them and found out the office manager’s children had company cell phones without authorization. This was just the beginning!…

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SMBL 500 World Championship

Winning in Las Vegas isn’t easy, but for 38-year-old Scott Tuttle of Clearfield, Utah, it was almost as simple as another day on the jobsite. Tuttle, with the help of his older brother and mason tender, Brian Tuttle, drove five hours to Las Vegas to compete in the 14th Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship competition on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.…

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April 2106: From the Editor: Green Building and Sustainability

According to a recent study by Dodge Data & Analytics, global green building is expected to double by 2018. The report found that the percentage of firms expecting to have more than 60 percent of their projects certified — by LEED or another green building program — is expected to grow from 18 percent currently to 37 percent.…

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S26 HEPA Dust Extractor From Pullman Ermator

Ermator HEPA Dust Extractors are equipped with tested and certified HEPA filters that trap the smallest, most dangerous-to-breath dust particles and prevents them from being released in the air. A HEPA Dust Extractor not only exhausts perfectly clean air, it is far more efficient for the fast recovery of bulk dry dust, debris and other building materials found on every Construction, Abatement and Restoration job site.

Drilling and Chiseling Hammer Demonstration | CS Unitec

CS Unitec Drilling and Chiseling Hammer type 2 2414 0010 demonstration. For more information on the tools, drills and other products seen in this video, please visit:

PumpMaster | Masonry Grout Pump for Core Filling | Block Fill | Masonry Wall Grouting

The AIRPLACO PumpMaster PG-30 is shown on a jobsite in Nashville, TN with Masonry Contractor WASCO, Inc. ...