Category: Spotlight

The Latest in Building Anchors

While masonry anchors and ties have remained stable throughout the years, innovations within the systems and how they are manufactured are producing better-performing structures, say two experts in this field. Heckmann Building Products Inc. The majority of the anchoring systems manufactured by Heckmann Building Products Inc. in Melrose Park, IL, are used to transfer lateral loads from a masonry or stone veneer wall to the backup wall These anchors are typically specified in the construction documents, says Paul Curtis Technical Sales/Product Development – Heckmann Building Products – Division of Mechanical Plastics Corp. Heckmann has been manufacturing masonry anchors since...

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The Trades vs. Traditional College: A Breakdown

While many college graduates are often paid well as they progress into their careers, a very good living can also be had by entering the construction trades – and at a fraction of the education or training cost. Contractors can better recruit would-be candidates by showing them compelling evidence demonstrating the strong ROI of apprenticeships, certifications and other types of training to obtain the skills needed for their chosen trade. But contractors must do more than that to attract and retain workers, particularly millennials: contractors must also find ways to let workers collaborate more on projects, as well as...

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Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation Working with the Florida Department of Corrections

The Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation (FMAEF) are making strides in the effort to develop skilled workers for the masonry industry in Florida. The FMAEF has Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout Florida. They have a mutually beneficial working relationship with the Florida Department of Education and with Secondary and Post-Secondary Career and Technical Education schools. Although these programs are doing well, they cannot meet all the growing demands for our workforce. Moving forward after the Great Recession, Florida is enjoying major growth in the construction industry. The Florida tourist industry also continues to grow. We have become the third...

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Taking Education Within The Masonry Sector To A Higher Level

Bryan Lloyd brings over 40 years of field experience as a mason to his role as Masonry Instructor with Arriscraft International. Prior to joining Arriscraft, Bryan owned and operated a firm specializing in custom residential stonework.  He also previously was a partner in a commercial masonry company. He has developed working relationships with industry associations and unions; being asked to provide guidance and training to apprentices and experienced masons across North America. His vast “hands-on” experience qualifies him to provide exceptional training in all aspects of masonry work with Arriscraft products. This experience has led him to not only refine...

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Grow Your Masonry Business by Branching Out into Landscaping

The entrepreneur in America is older than the Declaration of Independence. Consider the tanner, trapper, wainwright, cooper and stonemason. Some like John Kellogg of cereal fame had an educational benefit. Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford and the majority of entrepreneurs, like today, went into business with an idea, some common sense and skills and rugged determination. Or foolish optimism. Or some combination of being wildly independent and skilled in stone masonry. Being an entrepreneur and running a business is challenging, frustrating, rewarding, discouraging, demanding and stimulating all at once. There are moments of exhilaration and days of despair. And there...

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