Author: Bronzella Cleveland

Contractor Tip Of The Month: A Lifestyle Change

A Lifestyle Change! Damian Lang I write this article to help fellow managers, contractors and business owners avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made in my 30+ years of business ownership. If I help just one person avoid some of the same pitfalls, I think I’ve made a difference and the time devoted every month to writing is worth it. The greatest satisfaction I get from writing is when an article resonates with my audience, strikes a chord, rings a bell, to such a degree that the sheer number of responses received requires I write a follow-up. This is my follow-up to the August 2017 article. Here are some of the responses I received: I lost 15 pounds and hardly did anything but avoid bread and potatoes, and I don’t miss them at all. After reading the article and just changing a few of my eating habits, the weight is naturally coming off. I lost 25 pounds just by limiting bread and potatoes. I follow all your contractor tips and this is my all-time favorite. Can you share your plan with me? Thank you everyone who took the time to share your thoughts. This follow-up is for you. I discussed in August how too much of a good thing isn’t always good. I said your body is your best asset. When you’re in good health, your mind is sharper...

Read More

GEN NXT: Joseph Blanton

In our seventh GEN NXT interview and our first for 2018, we had the opportunity to speak with Joseph Blanton, an apprentice with WASCO, Inc. out of Nashville, Tennessee. In 2017, Joseph competed in his first Masonry Skills Challenge at the World of Concrete. He won in his division, and at the time of writing, is set to compete in the Masonry Skills Challenge at the second-year level. Joseph is the youngest person we’ve ever had the opportunity to interview for this series, and truly represents the next generation of the workforce. Masonry Magazine: In 2017, you won first...

Read More

A New Beginning

  Paul Odom, MCAA Chairman As I sit and write my introductory message for the magazine, I can’t help but think: “Wow! I have some big shoes to fill!” I thank all the former Chairmen. They have done an outstanding job of making this organization what it is today. I thank all members for your trust in me to lead the organization. I will strive to work hard as we go through the next two years. I want you to always feel welcome to contact me with any concerns, thoughts, or suggestions so we can together continue to improve our organization. I feel fortunate to have a great MCAA staff that does a superb job making everything happen! Thanks to Jeff, Tim, Angie, Todd, Lorra, Dan, Bronzella, Brian, Ryan, Jenny and Gail. After returning from the MCAA Annual Convention in Las Vegas last month, I am always rejuvenated and ready to try new things and to improve our business. Walking through the convention floor and visiting with suppliers/vendors always gives me opportunities to try new methods and use new equipment. Wednesday’s MASONRY MADNESS is always exciting as we see the Skills Challenge, Fastest Trowel on the Block, Toughest Tender, and BRICKLAYER 500. These competitors are the heart of our industry. Without great masons and tenders, where would our industry be? If you have missed attending this part of the...

Read More

Vehicle Safety 101: What You Need To Know

Vehicles are a part of day-to-day life in the world of masonry. Whether it be a small contractor using his pickup truck and a small forklift to move pallets around a jobsite, or a large contractor with a team of hundreds using a telehandler to reach portions of a structure, they come in handy. They’re an integral part of any sized job. However, driving and using vehicles safely is something contractors just can’t take for granted. This article is intended to serve as a resource on some of the basics for safe vehicle operation. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE Why is vehicle...

Read More

Beauty in the Details: Mortar Color

From the color of your truck, your house and your jacket to the color of tools, pills, buildings, dishes and product packaging, there’s a concerted effort to attract your attention, your approval, and yes, your money, through the use of color. Without looking at a logo or reading the company name, most stone masons and lots of regular folks can accurately identify, just from the color, a John Deere brand tractor, a DEWALT tool case, UPS or FedEx truck, can of Coca-Cola or Tiffany’s box. The latter is its own trademarked robin’s egg shade of blue. Color is a...

Read More