Feature Articles

Pump Maintenance

Whether you’re pumping grout or mortar, the life of your pump depends on your ability and willingness to keep it clean and maintained. Mortar and grout have to be produced to ASTM specifications, and the pumps that deliver them are designed specifically for those materials. When kept clean after every use and maintained as needed, you’ll get the most from your investment.

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Building History

Masonry is the smart choice for building construction. The top academic campuses in the world choose brick and stone for their stately halls. Smart people make smart choices. The Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS) in St. Louis has propelled its brick building tradition into the 21st century with the newest addition to its campus.…

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Texas Aims High With New Masonry Schools

In Texas, you either do it big or not at all. So when members of the Texas Masonry Council (TMC) and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) saw an opportunity to address a looming shortage of masonry workers in the Lone Star State, they didn’t settle for half measures.…

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Masonry Industry Workforce Development Efforts

After a very prolonged recession that some have referred to as the Great Recession, the construction industry, in general, has had to deal with a different issue: not having enough well-qualified tradesmen to complete all the work they would like to bid on. Masonry is not an exception to this. As I travel the country visiting chapters, the common comment I hear is, “I could use 30, 40 or even 100 more bricklayers for work I want to get.” …

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Detailing Air Barriers

High-performance buildings are constructed to maximize energy efficiency, durability and overall occupant comfort. As the demand for these buildings continues to increase, it is important to understand that one of the key aspects of achieving this is proper building enclosure design and overall wall system performance. …

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Mast Climbers, Cranes and Telehandlers: Xtreme Telehandlers Lends a Helping Hand

Mason contractor and longtime Ahern Rentals customer, Calvin Brodie, operates his construction business out of Raleigh, N.C., and surrounding cities. He incorporated his business, Brodie Contractors, in 1992 and holds a builder’s license under the North Carolina contractor license board. When faced with working on big contracts that are time and budget sensitive, he has repeatedly relied on Xtreme telehandlers to do the job right, based on their functionality and durability.…

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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