Category: MCAA Gateway

MCAA Gateway: April 2018 Cont.

Words: Lynn Nash North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) President Bob Gates has announced that award-winning former high school masonry instructor Ryan Shaver will join NCMCA on March 1, 2018 to fill the newly created position of Workforce Development & Training Coordinator (WDTC). Ryan Shaver clearly stood out to the committee as someone extraordinarily qualified to take on the new position. Ryan was a national masonry champion (1993) as a student of award-winning instructor Doug Drye at Mount Pleasant High School in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.  He was a successful young journeyman mason at McGee Brothers Company and later managed his own masonry company.  He was drawn to teaching and proved to be very successful in attracting and training young folks for masonry careers at Mount Pleasant High School.  During his teaching career, he produced state and national masonry champions. He was Mount Pleasant High School Teacher-of-the-Year and a finalist for Cabarrus County Teacher-of-the-Year in 2014. Most recently, Ryan has gained invaluable experience working with Johnson Concrete Products/Carolina Stalite promoting and demonstrating patented new masonry products across the entire nation.  Ryan chaired and coordinated Masonry Education Day for the last two years at Gold Hill, which included the Carolina qualifier for Mason Contractors Association of America “Fastest Trowel on the block” competition this past November.  More than 400 students participated. Ryan says, “It is with great excitement and pleasure...

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MCAA Gateway: April 2018

2018 Masonry Industry Legislative Conference The Masonry Industry Legislative Conference will be held May 15-17, 2018 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 our positions in front of key congressional figures and tell them our story as to how their votes impact our industry. Appointments will be made with attendees’ members of Congress, as well as appointments with key swing vote representatives. One of the most important things you can do in today’s business environment is take time to meet with and inform those responsible for regulating, taxing and setting rules for business how it will impact not only our industry, but the economy as a whole. We are also very excited to be offering an optional experience that allows attendees exceptional access to the home and grounds of Thomas Jefferson. Explore Monticello and engage your guide in discussion about Monticello, past and present. The MCAA has arranged for tour guides to focus a bit on the architectural and construction features of Jefferson’s world. Attendees will explore the full house (including the upstairs) and grounds, private exhibit space, and more. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/legconf for a full schedule of events and to register. MCAA Safety Advantage Awards Submissions are now open...

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MCAA Gateway: March 2018 Cont.

Enter the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards Draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely Words: Zach Evertt Submissions are now open for the 2018 MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance. Safety is overlooked by some contractors for several reasons: cost, time, resources, compounded focus on production, simple ignorance, or possibly many other things. Our goal is for the MCAA safety awards to help draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely. The MCAA Safety Advantage The safety awards are just one part of a larger plan: The MCAA Safety Advantage program. There are mammoth benefits to working safely. From moral to money and from workers comp premiums to OSHA penalties. The MCAA safety awards program is being rolled out with the MCAA Safety Advantage Newsletter, the weekly safety meetings, the written safety program, the monthly safety forum webinars, and several other Safety Advantage benefits not to mention joining a network of safety professionals working in the masonry industry. All this is free to members of the MCAA. Safety Award Judging The awards will be presented based on a company’s Incident Rate. This seemed to be the most equitable and best way to judge between contractors. The Incident Rate will be the only criteria at the present. There could be many other guidelines thrown into the mix; OSHA citations, comprehensiveness of safety policy, superseding...

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MCAA Gateway: March 2018

Announcement Of 2018-2019 MCA Board St. Louis, MO – January 26, 2018 – Election results for the 2018-2019 Board of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis were announced in January. Words: David Gillick Martin Heck, Jr., President of Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting., was elected President of the Association. Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting was incorporated in 1975 by Martin C. Heck, Sr., the same year Martin C. Heck, Jr., began full time as a mason. Martin Heck, Jr. became part owner in 2000. Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting has worked on projects such as: Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park. Other officers elected are Bradley C. Grant (Grant Contracting Company) as Vice President, Brian Smith (John J. Smith Masonry Company) as Secretary, and Brett Lampkin (Lampkin Masonry) as Treasurer.     Trustees elected are Gary Beirith (Beirith Masonry, L.L.C.), Daniel Dwyer (E.C. Landers Brickwork, Inc.), Nick Frisch (Frisch Masonry, Inc.), Tom Schmitt (Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc.), and Luke Siebert (Heitkamp Masonry, Inc.).  Arbitration Board members are Brian J. Grant (Grant Contracting Company, Inc.), Thomas L. McDonnell (George McDonnell & Sons Tuckpointing Company), Jeffrey D. Schmidt (JDS Masonry, Inc.), John J. Smith, Jr. (John J. Smith Masonry Company) and Kenneth Westhoff (Leonard Masonry, Inc.). The Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, which was chartered in March 1896, is one of St. Louis’ oldest trade organizations. Its members include owners of contracting companies, along...

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MCAA Gateway: February 2018

Grant Named MCAA Region E Vice President Brian Grant Elected to MCAA Board Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Company in Fenton, Mo., was elected to the position of MCAA Region E Vice President at the MCAA Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. Brian is currently in his thirty-fifth year in the masonry industry. He is a Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Brian is past president of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, and the American Subcontractors Association-Midwest Council. Brian is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis. He currently serves as Management Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bricklayer’s Union Local 1 of Missouri Pension and Welfare Funds. Brian currently sits on the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis’ Arbitration Board and is on the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis. In addition to the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis and the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, Brian is currently a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, The Masonry Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Grant Contracting Company, a certified masonry construction firm with an over seventy year history, specializes...

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