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GEN NXT: Matt Cash

Editor’s Note: This month we had the opportunity to talk with 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® winner Matt Cash. Matt is a Masonry Supervisor at Huntley Brothers Masonry Company in North Carolina. It was a pleasure talking with him about his views on the workforce development and competitions. We’d like to thank Matt for his time, …

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The Word Of Mouth Revolution

By: Corey Adams  Growing up in a construction family, there were numerous sales calls and meetings I attended. I may have just been a bright-eyed child, but one thing I remember is the old saying, “word of mouth is the best advertising.” This tried-and-true marketing style was not revolutionary but did offer insight into one …

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Game Changer NCMCA Workforce Development and Training Coordinator: Ryan Shaver

Despite the annual looming threat of increasingly severe weather across the country, Americans are more ill-prepared than ever to rebuild after a devastating ecological event. The global staffing firm ManpowerGroup reports in its 2016-17 U.S. talent shortage survey that skilled trade workers, such as masons, are the most difficult job to fill in the country …

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Masonry’s Workforce Issue: Part 1 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

The State of the Masonry Profession: Why the Workforce Issue Exists  Some of the world’s most significant architectural achievements have been built by masons. The Egyptian Pyramids, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China are all significant architectural achievements masonry professionals have built throughout history. And bricklaying’s most important tools – …

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Where To Go: Part 2 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

Solutions for Change   The workforce of the 21st century is drastically different than the workforce of the 20th century. Despite the fact that society transitioned into a post-Industrial era in the late 1990s, many of our workforce practices and perspectives still reflect traditional methodologies. This misalignment significantly contributes to the trades’ struggle to recruit and …

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Focus, Collaboration, and Building The Future: Part 3 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

Step 4: Be Future Focused  Future-focused companies position themselves for future success by preparing for who and what may come next. Failure to learn about and strive to understand the younger generations quickly makes a company irrelevant.   Millennials came of age during the Great Recession, and the generation to follow – Generation Z – saw …

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Rebuilding From Within

After severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the Haine family has a happy home once again.  In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of the United States. After four days of heavy rain, the reservoirs to the north and west of Houston were filled to capacity, forcing the Corps of Engineers to perform upstream …

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Case Study: GRS Bridge

New technologies and materials are helping states and local public agencies meet the country’s high demand for infrastructure improvements.  One that’s seen more widespread implementation in recent years facilitates building bridges better and faster while improving maintenance for longer bridge life.  It involves bridge abutments and is known as the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge …

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