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MCAA Gateway: April 2019

2019 Masonry Industry Legislative Conference   The Masonry Industry Legislative Conference will be held May 14-16, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  The conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss important issues affecting your company and the masonry industry. The main focus of the program will be getting our issues and positions in …

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Painter’s Corner: MCAA Magazine

The Intangibles  Jerry Painter   I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Masonry Showcase. It is an annual regional competition for high school masonry students. This competition is a warmup to the state Skills USA competition. I love to mingle with the students before and after they build their project.   It doesn’t take …

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Full Swing Into Spring

Dan Kamys, Editorial Director – dkamys@masonrymagazine.com I can’t believe we’re already putting the finishing touches on our April issue. It feels like just yesterday that we were at the World of Concrete watching all that action take place, and believe it or not we’ve already started preparations for next year’s World of Concrete. It’s crazy …

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Shop Talk: 3D Model Image: Technology in Masonry – 2-D CAD vs 3-D CAD/BIM-M

Embracing the Future of on the Job Communication   Advances in human communication technology have completely changed the way we live our lives. Gone are the days of archaic communication such as smoke signals, telegraphs, and messenger pigeons. Today we have, literally, the world of information at our fingertips. Society has embraced these changes, and we …

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Instead of Trying to Make People Nice, Just Hire Nice People

Damian Lang Anything can set off an argument at a jobsite, especially when your crew is tired and stressed from things like long hours or bad weather conditions. But the most common cause of bickering is when a crew just can’t seem to get along because of someone else’s bad attitude. This causes the work …

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January 2019: Full Contact Project Management

Contractors have unique abilities, equipment and training to “see” things that almost no one else can. You can merely look at a set of plans and see, right then and there, if a proposed project will not work – even though it was designed by the expert architect or engineer.

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