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CMU Checkoff Will Create New Value, ‘Make CMU Cool Again’

Key Programs Target Education, Research, Workforce Development Words: Clutch Performance on behalf of NCMAPhotos: NCMA, Richard Villalon, Alexeg84, fullvalue, DefenseEngineer Concrete masonry units (CMU) are some of the most durable, cost-efficient, fire-safe and non-combustible building materials in the world. And a new program connecting block producers, contractors, consumers and other stakeholders will enable the industry …

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Seismic Resilience of Masonry

Words and Photos: Richard Rydel,  P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of America in Torrance, CA According to recent global data, roughly 62,000 people die every year due to natural disasters. About half of that number is attributed to geophysical events, mostly earthquakes and tsunamis. In addition, there is a global …

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The Simple Things: Keep Your Telehandler Productive with Regular Maintenance

Words and Photos: Mitch Fedie, Product Manager, Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC Machines have made our lives easier for years in every walk of life. This is especially true in construction and masonry applications, where the level of improvement isn’t just a matter of enhanced convenience but of being exponentially more productive with equipment than without it. …

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GEN NXT: Oscar Montaño

Sponsored By: Words: Oscar Montaño and MASONRY MagazinePhotos: Oscar Montaño Editor’s Note: For this month, MASONRY sat down with Oscar Montaño, 2021 First-Year Apprentice Masonry Skills Challenge Winner. Oscar learned from his father and continues to be a leader by helping others in the industry and leading through example. We’d like to thank Oscar for …

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The Interesting Story Behind MARSHALLTOWN

Words: Julie Lynch, Marketing Manager at MARSHALLTOWNPhotos: MARSHALLTOWN, MCAA Member Since 1993 MARSHALLTOWN, a globally recognized leader in construction tools and equipment, currently has a catalog spanning 7,000 different products across more than a dozen industries.  Their fascinating history began over 132 years ago when, in 1890, brothers Jesse and Lester Williams started a small …

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3 Decades of Masonry Estimating

Words and Photos: Bill Lula, Founder of Masonry Estimating Service When I started my professional career in 1992, there was no masonry estimating software; there were barely personal computers available. As a young inexperienced estimator, I was self-taught for the most part, figuring things out on my own and using a few charts that were …

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