Department Articles

October 2015: From The Editor

As we usher in fall, our first thoughts go to the staples of the season: football games; leaves turning shades of red, orange and brown; and – oh yes – winterizing your jobsite.
Winterizing your jobsite and equipment is no joke.…

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October 2015: Chairman’s Message

I am writing this newsletter on my way home from attending the ICE meetings in D.C., and then going to Baltimore to attend the BAC National Apprenticeship contest. It is always good to see people like Jim Boland, president of the BAC, and Joan and Dave with IMI sharing the same enthusiasm for our industry. …

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October 2015: Government affairs

We’ve always been a nation of builders. That’s why American construction and the phrase, “Made in the U.S.A.” is a source of pride for so many people. It’s a reminder that, if we want, we can build our own future. These days, a lot of people feel they can’t build their own futures. It’s not for lack of ideas. It’s because of the burden of federal regulations.…

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October 2015: BIA Awards

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) has sponsored an architectural award program, the Brick in Architecture Awards, which feature clay brick projects. The BIA is a national association that represents both manufacturers and distributors in the clay brick industry. …

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October 2015: Masonry Technology

Robotics and automation have gone through a few periods of rapid growth and expansion. We are in one of those periods now. There are many different types of robots out there, everything from industrial robots, such as those used in factories, to robots used at home, such as your Roomba. …

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October 2015: Business Building

Builders, contractors and subcontractors complain they can’t find enough good trained help. It seems like they continually hope for a miracle, but don’t want to put in the time, energy and resources to build a great place to work that attracts, retains and trains great managers, supervisors and employees. …

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October 2015: Full Contact Project Management

Maybe the problem with America today is we’ve come to believe in a sense of entitlement. Our kids seem to be learning that everyone gets a trophy. Just show up, try your best, and participate. You’re entitled to it. Yikes!…

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September 2015: From The Editor

I recently was approached by the publisher of a new book that caught my eye. The book now is on my coffee table, gaining a lot of attention from all who pass by. And how could it not? It’s large, blue, heavy, and chock full of images of some of the most incredible masonry masterpieces I’ve ever seen in one collection. …

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Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

John Smith, Jr.

John Smith, Jr. receives the 2015 MCAA C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner (First Year), Masonry Skills Challenge

Synpro Products

Masonry Magazine Video News Interview: Michael Goyne

Hydro Mobile Inc

Interview with Kevin O'Shea of Hydro Mobile, Inc.

Interview with Mark Kemp – Chairman, MCAA

Interview with Masonry Contractors Association of America Chairman, Mark Kemp

Mortar Net Solutions

Interview with Steve Fechino from Mortar Net Solutions

Pullman Ermator

Interview with Lyndon Kelsey of Pullman Ermator

Keene Building Products

Interview with Jim O'Neill of Keene Building Products