Category: Articles

Leslie Named MCAA Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Melonie Leslie, General Manager of G & G Enterprises (Phoenix), has been appointed to the position of MCAA Legislative Committee Co-Chair. Melonie Leslie was born into the industry but started her masonry career with G & G Enterprises in 2004. Melonie holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Prior to that, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. She is a member of the MCAA South of 40 Committee and active in both the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and Arizona Masonry Contractors Association. Melonie is a strong...

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Key Considerations for Successfully Winning Masonry Contracts

At the outset of a construction project, the early bidding phase is an important time for masonry subcontractors to demonstrate they have the experience needed to successfully complete a project and can work in lock step with construction managers, including the ability to coordinate schedules, work within established budgets and achieve a project’s full scope. Since vendor selection is a multifaceted process, subcontractors should be prepared to demonstrate they possess the experience and capabilities required to complete the scope of work. One consideration construction managers use in vetting potential masonry subcontractors is to review the prequalification and financial stability...

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Tripping Over Dollars to Save Pennies!

Tripping Over Dollars to Save Pennies Damian Lang I recently read a story posted by CNN about United Airlines (UA) forcibly removing a paying passenger from a flight in order to make room for a non-paying crewmember. To top it off, every passenger had to disembark the flight while a hazmat crew boarded it to remove blood from the aircraft left by the forcibly removed passenger. Classy, right? The flight ended up hours late, while video of the incident went viral. Unsurprisingly, UA stock proceeded to drop by one billion dollars. ONE BILLION DOLLARS. To get a crew member home in lieu of a paying customer. Another article stated that it cost the airline a cool $250 million in operational losses in one day due to the incident. That’s insane! Apparently, UA had offered $800 in compensation to any passenger willing bump to another flight. After not getting any takers (and instead of simply raising the offer), the airline made the decision to remove a preselected group of four passengers – one of which was a doctor who refused to leave due to having to get back home in time to treat his patients. UA “Tripped over dollars to save pennies” This article came at an interesting time for me. In fact, I read it after fielding a few contractor questions like, “When does mitigating expenses cost me more...

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Codes and Standards for Manufactured Stone Veneer

ASTM Standards Although adhered manufactured stone masonry veneer (MSV) has been in use for over 40 years, ASTM standards governing the units and their installation are brand new, having just been first published within the last five years. Before that, there was building code acceptance criteria, but not all manufacturers complied with it, leading to variability in constituent materials, product characteristics, and field performance. According to Chris Hines, Technical Leader at Boral Stone Products LLC, “Leaders in the industry started thinking that there should be a governing standard, to agree on standardized materials, testing and performance. “ After more...

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MCAA Mid-Year Meeting 2017: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The 2017 MCAA Midyear Meeting took place in scenic Steamboat Springs, Colorado from Monday, August 28 to Wednesday, August 30 2017. The Midyear meeting allows members and suppliers to get away from the day-to-day in their businesses and enjoy the scenery of the year’s location. Most importantly, however, the Midyear meetings allow contractors to come together in order to network and advocate for the industry. Known primarily as one of the top winter skiing destinations in the world, Steamboat Springs is also the childhood home of MCAA Chairman Mike Sutter’s wife Colleen. Located in the upper valley of the...

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