Category: Spotlight

Contractor & Manufacturer Mixer Talk

Many of you have responded very positively to our Question and Answer articles. Hearing from many contractors about their take on the industry seems to be beneficial to starting a larger discussion. In this Q&A, we speak to a supplier and two contractors about what to look for in a mixer. It’s important for us to give both suppliers and contractors a voice through our articles, so please let us know if you find this hybrid-style version to be more useful than the ones that only include contractors. We will make sure to get more like this in the...

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Tools to Help New and Existing Contractors Stay Competitive

The construction industry can expect to see more changes over the next decade than it has in the last five. Collaborative project delivery methods, integrated building design, and technological advances are changing the way contractors do business. To remain competitive, contractors must learn to adapt and embrace changes or risk falling behind. The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) recently-launched New Contractor Start Up program and Contractor College certification are designed to help new and existing union mason contractors gain the skills they need to meet industry demands. Integrated Building Systems Masonry walls and floors are evolving from individual components in...

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GEN NXT: Adam Slattery

In our eighth GEN NXT interview we had the opportunity to speak with Adam Slattery, Field Superintendent at Al Slattery Masonry Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK. It was a pleasure learning his story and about his experiences in the industry. We also thank JagClamp for continuing to sponsor this important series. Masonry Magazine: Lets start with a little background, how did you get started in the industry? Adam Slattery: My background goes way back to my early childhood, days of going to work with my dad in the summer, when my brother and I were five and six years...

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Legislative Fly-In 2018: Attendees Share Their Thoughts

Every year, the MCAA heads to Washington D.C. for the Legislative Fly-In. During this conference, our members and staff are able to directly engage with their respective elected officials and advocate for the masonry industry. To many who have not attended, this may seem like a daunting event. However, several past attendees of the Fly-In have come together to share their insight on the process and what it means to them. We hope this will serve as a resource for anyone who’s on the fence about attending. We look forward to seeing everyone out in D.C.! Initial Involvement: Melonie...

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All About the Art and Science of Stone Carving

There are as many reasons, one supposes, for carving stone as there is for anything that offers the opportunity for artistic expression, generating an income, fulfilling a mission, satisfying a hobby inclination and/or challenging oneself in a creative outlet. Certainly, as stone masonry work is the oldest skilled trade, stone carving is most likely the oldest 3-dimensional art form. People look at clouds and see shapes, with a bit of an imagination. In a similar way that someone can see something in a rock shape. New Hampshire’s Old Man in the Mountain, aka Great Stone Face, in Franconia Notch...

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