June 2012: From the Editor


From the Editor

They say some cities have a heartbeat. I believe Washington, D.C., is one of those cities. When I visit D.C., I feel as if I am visiting an old friend. It’s a familiar place, but never stagnant. The monuments stay the same, but the city’s vibe changes from year to year. Of course, politics dictate a lot, connected to our economy and even bigger world issues.

Last month, members of the MCAA and many masonry industry professionals converged on our nation’s capital, and the vibe was, once again, different from the year before. This year, the air was thick with a feeling of hope that our industry is coming back. I can tell you, it’s a wonderful feeling. We all can breathe a little easier, knowing the construction industry’s heart is beating more briskly.

With the help of The Keelen Group and the enthusiasm of our industry key players, I am positive that masonry left a mark on The Hill this year. Any politician will tell you that a visit paid to your congressman’s office to voice your opinion on various bills (existing or proposed) that affect your industry truly is invaluable. Sitting down with an elected official puts you in the center of the decision-making process, which plays out through votes cast in the future. Our presence in Washington, D.C., matters.

Our industry makes me proud. We are serious about protecting the best interests of the mason contractor, and we walk the walk, every year, in D.C. I hope next year, you’ll join us to make a difference on The Hill.


In our May 2012 issue of Masonry, information about the 14″ Northern Industrial Masonry Saw was incorrect. Following is the correct description of the product.

14Northern Tool + Equipment
Burnsville, Minn.

14″ Northern Industrial Masonry Saw

The 14-inch Northern Industrial Masonry Saw from Northern Tool + Equipment is a portable, high-performance table saw that can be used for any standard masonry cutting on materials that include stone, concrete and brick. This saw has an 18.5-inch cutting length and a five-inch cutting depth. The Northern Industrial Masonry Saw features a 120-volt, 2.5-h.p. electric motor with a speed of 3,450 rpm, and has a no-load blade speed of 2,750 rpm for efficient, precise and effortless cutting. The motor has been designed with a thermal overload breaker. For portability and convenience, this product has a height-adjustable stand with wheels and an 11- X 19.5-inch table that allows for ample cutting space. It includes a pump kit ideal for wet cutting. The 14-inch blade is sold separately. This saw comes with a two-year limited warranty, and is a great investment for the professional mason, general contractor or DIY operator.

Return to Table of Contents

Related Posts

  • 60
    A Voice in Washington Mark Kemp Chairman Mason Contractors Association of America Last month, I said to “Be a voice, and be heard.” Well, the time is now with our Legislative Conference being held May 12-14. Do not let people in Washington decide what is best for you, your…
    Tags: industry, washington, d.c, masonry
  • 47
    Our Voices Are Being Heard Mike Sutter I am more excited than usual for this year’s MCAA Legislative Fly-In on May 13-14. I have been going to the fly-ins for a number of years, and each year in our position papers, Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors is listed. I…
    Tags: year, d.c, washington, masonry
  • 42
    June 2014 From the Editor No Glass Ceiling in Masonry Jennifer Morrell 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…
    Tags: masonry, industry, washington, contractor, mason, d.c, editor
  • 38
    Saws By Jennifer Morrell Masonry wanted a hard-nosed look at what makes the saw industry tick, so we went to three experts to get the real scoop on what has changed – and what hasn’t – in the masonry saws industry. David Fernandez is product manager, commercial products, for Makita…
    Tags: masonry, cutting
  • 38
    March 2013 Saw Blades The Best Blade for the Job By Jennifer Morrell Saw blade technology continues to provide end-users with the utmost in cost-effective use, efficiency and a long life of the blade. Not only are the blades boasting best-in-class design, but also companies are becoming more consumer oriented…
    Tags: blade, cutting, inch


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