Department Articles

October 2016: From the Editor

Each month, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America) releases its analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data, with the latest construction employment statistics. And each month, almost without fail, the press release includes a call for more to be done to help attract workers to construction.…

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October 2016: Chairman’s Message

With the MCAA Midyear Meeting just completed, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped put it all together. This was my first Midyear Meeting since becoming chairman, so I really didn’t know what to expect. There was a lot of preparation, for sure, but most of the work was done by Jeff and the rest of the staff at MCAA. Everyone was involved in some way or another, including Tim, Todd, Angie and Lorra. Thank you very much for making my first Midyear a success.…

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October 2016: Government Affairs

As President Obama ramps down his time in the White House and looks to his life beyond the political spotlight, some were hoping that he would go away quietly and not try to slip in new regulations as he left. Unfortunately, it appears that President Obama has other thoughts. He has ordered the Treasury Department to release a new proposed rule that would push back on Congress’ bipartisan resolution on the “death tax” and create a political wedge between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.…

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October 2016: Trowel Tech

Mason contractors across the country face similar challenges when out in the field. With the help of Hohmann and Barnard’s director of technical services, Jeremy Douglas, Masonry delivers answers to some of your most technical, complicated questions.

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October 2016: Business Building

If you were the general manager of an NBA basketball team, one of your top goals would be to have the best players in each position on your team. With only five players on the court at any one time, every one of them is critical to winning. If you don’t do a good job hiring the right players for the right positions, your team won’t win many games. And eventually the fans will stop coming out and spending their money with your company. In other words, the success of your winning team depends on having the right players on the floor at all times.…

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September 2016: President’s Message

I wanted to take a brief moment to inform you about some upcoming changes for Masonry Magazine. Masonry Magazine has been owned by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) since its inception.…

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September 2016: Chairman’s Message

“Movement in new direction helps find new cheese.” This is a quote from Dr. Spencer Johnson, author of “Who Moved My Cheese?” a business fable about change and opportunities. We are moving some cheese/making a change at MCAA that excites us all.…

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September 2016: Government Affairs

As Congress returns from its August recess, I wanted to take this time to bring a new bill to your attention and ask that you share our concerns with your local members of Congress. On April 28, 2016, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced S. 2892, the Timber Innovation Act (TIA). Then, on July 14, 2016, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the companion House legislation as H.R. 5628. Specifically, the legislation directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a research and development program “advancing” the use of wood in tall buildings 10 floors and higher. …

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