RSS
TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn

Chairman’s Message

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Chairman’s Message

Eye Opening

We have just returned from our Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.  I was hoping that more contractors would have attended. It was one of the most exciting trips I have been on with the MCAA.

The South 40 Group went on a tour of the National Cathedral. It was awesome! We not only saw the Cathedral from behind the scenes, we also got a first-hand look at the earthquake damage. Joe Alonzo, the head mason at the Cathedral, gave us the tour that lasted for almost a full day. His expertise and knowledge of the facility made the tour out of this world. To see how the stone finials and towers weathered the quake was impressive.

From the stone exterior façade, we were able to see the amount of red face brick used in some of the four-foot-thick walls.

After the Cathedral visit, we toured the Nation’s Capital on a special tour planned by Matt Keelen, our legislative lobbyist. We could have spent a couple of days there; the history and craftsmanship are amazing.

The actual conference started Tuesday morning, with a briefing session by The Keelen Group. They did an amazing job setting up our appointments and helping us on our position papers. We met with more than 100 Congressmen and Representatives over a day and half of meetings. There is a lot going on there, and it was critical for us to participate and lobby for the sake of the industry.

MCAA Chairman Jeff Buczkiewicz and Zach Everett (our Safety Chairmen) had a meeting with OSHA as there is more discussion with OSHA on silica. A proposed rule with regard to the silica issue is being evaluated by the Obama Administration and rumored to be released sometime this year. We will be involved with a coalition of construction groups to review the proposed rule when presented and draft a response for the industry.

A special thanks needs to be given to Jeff and the staff, along with The Keelen Group, for making this trip not only enjoyable but well worthwhile. It is hard to break away from your business, but it is harder to live with rules in our industry that make it impossible to operate.

MASONRY MAGAZINE VIDEO NEWS

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