Category: Columns

Cantarella Named MCAA Massachusetts State Chairman

Paul Cantarella, Jr. appointed to represent Massachusetts (Algonquin, Ill.) Jun. 14, 2017 – Paul Cantarella, Jr., President of Cantarella & Son, Inc. (Pittsfield, Mass.), has been appointed to the position of MCAA Massachusetts State Chairman. C&S Co. was started by John Cantarella in 1934 after coming here from Italy. The business was incorporated in the 1950s. C&S Co. Inc. was then taken over by his two sons, John Cantarella and Paul Cantarella, Sr. in the 60’s. As family businesses sometimes go, the company split in 2003 and Paul Sr. took over as sole proprietor of the business. As C&S...

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Business Building

Why Your BIZ Won’t Grow!  When you started your construction business it was simple and fun. You were in control of your destiny, priced estimates yourself, presented bids in person, signed every contract, made all the important decisions, negotiated subcontracts, ordered materials needed, supervised most jobs, handled the paperwork, created invoices and paid bills, met with customers, handled problems, and got things finished. It was satisfying being the busy business owner doing everything it took to win work, build it, and get paid. Because you were a good contractor, did excellent work, and provided great customer service at a fair price, you got more referrals and landed more projects to build. To handle the growing volume of work, you hired a few more field workers and an assistant supervisor. All employees reported directly to you and were under your constant supervision and direction. You continued to get busier and busier and therefore had to hire even more people to handle multiple jobs you had contracts to complete. As you grew, cash flow was getting tighter and tighter and people you hired were not the most experienced or what you really needed to help you do more. When you DO work, you don’t GROW! As your company grows, you eventually reach your personal limits and realize you can’t handle much more work than you already have going. Your calendar is...

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The Season of Silica

The Bigger Picture Dan Kamys, Editor – dkamys@masonrymagazine.com In case you’ve been living under a rock (or a natural stone), you’ll know that next month is the implementation of OSHA’s final rule on crystalline silica exposure. That means a lot of things will change the way mason contractors do business. That’s why we’ve dedicated a rather large portion of this issue to the topic. You’ll see several articles on the topic in this month’s magazine. Whether it be a breakdown of what the rule specifically is, the tools and gear that will help you stay in compliance, or the industry’s thoughts on the ruling, you’ll find it all here. We intend for this issue to serve as somewhat of a resource guide for contractors to use in the coming months. Also in this issue, you’ll see some articles on BIM-M and why it’s important for masonry. If you haven’t read up on the topic, this is a great opportunity to understand what it is and why it’s important for contractors. This initiative has the potential to revolutionize the industry in the sense that it will allow masonry to effectively compete with other wall types. By allowing architects, builders, and clients to get on the same page regarding a specific project, I’m very excited at the opportunity this presents. In case you can’t tell, August’s Masonry is jam-packed. In the...

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: When Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t a Good Thing!

When Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t a Good Thing!  Damian Lang Too much of a good thing isn’t always good, particularly when the excess leads to overindulgence. Ever asked a group of people if they wanted to make more money? I have. Hands quickly and passionately raise. But ask the same group if they’re willing to do what it takes​ to make it—working longer and harder, being held to higher standards of accountability (because to whom much is given, much is expected), expectations of continuously strong productivity (often inducing higher stress levels)—and the hands drop just as quickly. You see, too much of a good thing may not always be so good. I.e. What if you’ve worked your butt off and deemed super successful according to society’s standards, but no longer have the time or health to finally reap your rewards? Have I ever told you that I’m one of nine brothers and sisters? Dinner every night mirrored kids fighting for candy from a recently broken piñata. When mom served us, we raced to stuff our plates, each grabbing as much as we could before the others got theirs. We were silly. It seemed our only options were going to bed hungry or starving all day if we didn’t stuff our bellies to the max. I was no exception. I was just as greedy as my siblings....

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Let’s Help Close The Skills Gap

Let’s Help Close The Skills Gap Michael Sutter, MCAA Chairman I know in my last article I talked almost exclusively about our MCAA Midyear meeting in Steamboat Springs, CO beginning on August 28th but I need to remind everyone of a few more things. First of all, this is probably the most important meeting we have all year. This is when we set our committee goals for the coming year and thus the direction the MCAA will go in. Members can come to the meetings and express their opinions on the direction they think we should be heading and how we should be getting there. We welcome every member’s opinion and you don’t need to be a committee chairman or even a committee member to express your opinions, just being a member is enough so please join us. Secondly, if you haven’t registered or reserved a room yet and you would still like to attend, there may still be an opportunity to do that. You’ll need to call the MCAA office and a staff member would be more than happy to help you with the process. I hope to be able to greet and spend time with as many members as possible while we are there. Meeting members and spending some time with them is one of my favorite things to do at the Midyear meeting because it isn’t...

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