From the Editor
The masonry industry continues to grow and evolve, both nationally and regionally. Nationally, the MCAA makes a difference on behalf of you, the mason contractor, through tireless work in Washington, D.C., and around the country. (Catch coverage of the 2014 MCAA Legislative Conference in our next issue.) On a regional level, state and local masonry associations fight to help masonry to be theNo. 1 building material choice in municipalities.
Sometimes, state masonry associations climb to other heights. Case and point: the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association. The NCMCA held its annual convention in April. While the leadership of outgoing president Gary Joyner will be missed, the association welcomed its new and first-ever female president, Ashlee Moore.
Moore is a part of the family at Koontz Masonry in Lexington, N.C., and her position as a key leader and role model in the masonry industry has been well earned. And, as president, she will help bring important masonry industry issues to leaders in Raleigh, N.C., and Washington, D.C.
Be sure to catch my one-on-one interview with Ashlee Moore in the July ‘14 issue of Masonry. You can get to know her better and join those of us who are huge fans of all she has accomplished and has to offer.
This issue of Masonry provides you with the in-depth information on software and its importance to our industry (p. 30), along with great tips on cleaning various masonry materials (p. 14). In an effort to continually educate our mason contractor readers, we address the surface mottling of mortar joints in a special article on p. 20.