• IN MEMORY OF WARREN MCPHERSON

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    McPherson, JR., Warren Edward 4/10/1948 – 8/13/2019 Hartland, MI Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Desmond) for nearly 48 years. Loving son of Mary McPherson Fitzwater (Lloyd) and the late Warren E. McPherson, Sr. Loving father of Amy Christine and Melissa Anne (Jeffery). Adoring grandfather of Abigail Margaret, Cameron Edward, Emeline Mae and William Edward. Loving […]

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  • NOX-CRETE NAMES NEW COMPANY PRESIDENT

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Lori Reid has been named President of Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., an Omaha-based concrete chemicals company founded in 1956. Reid facilitates Nox-Crete’s goals to innovate new products, grow ESOP program Omaha, Neb., June 18, 2019 – Lori Reid has been named President of Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., a promotion that comes three years after she […]

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  • CFA’S 2019 PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Professional recognition is not often sought or targeted, but rather is earned through passion, persistence and unselfishness. Awards of recognition given by organizations like the Concrete Foundations Association honor these values as well as creativity, commitment and perseverance. Standing before your peers, having biographical information read on your behalf, as well as descriptions of the […]

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  • NEW LEADERS START THEIR SERVICE – CFA’S 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS SELECTEES

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    The process has finally been completed for starting the 2019-20 fiscal year. As the many members of this Association realized through the many notices, an extended period of nominations and encouragement for participation was offered by the board’s president, Phillip Marone, this year. “I wanted to take an extra moment to encourage our members to […]

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  • CFA Members Nominated for Board of Directors

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    During preparation for Convention this year, it was communicated multiple times regarding seats opening up on the CFA Board of Directors for 2019 – 2022 terms.  A total of five seats became available this year.   Departing the Board this year were individuals serving a broad range from one term to a whopping six terms. […]

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Magazine Issues

Jun
28

2017 Projects of the Year | Non-Wall Structural Element

Non-Wall Structural Element Burnett Residence Site Walls SCW Footings & Foundations Salt Lake City, Utah The category for non-wall structural element was created to honor the many projects where contractors are asked to deliver a concrete structure other than the typical load-bearing foundation wall. In other words, any element that is not a simply supported […]

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Jun
28

2017 Projects of the Year | Commercial Project

All Points Anson Building 8A Commercial Project Custom Concrete Westfield, Indiana The casual observer may look upon concrete slabs as a basic and perhaps the easiest form of cast-in-place to complete. Those who have undertaken the challenge on any SOG will not likely agree and will be quick to add that the commercial slab with […]

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Jun
28

2017 Projects of the Year | Single-Family Residence 2000-5000 SF

Bashan Lake Residence Single-Family Residence 2,000 to 5,000 sq.ft. Talpey Construction Westbrook, Connecticut Bigger houses in tall, sloping lots are a formula for complex foundations and an opportunity for achieving striking quality. That was the result of this residential foundation located in East Haddam, Connecticut. “The site offered 22 ft. of elevation change between the […]

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Jun
28

2017 Projects of the Year | Single-Family Residence Under 2000 SF

Blue Willow Ridge Nest #3 Single-Family Residence Under 2,000 sq.ft. SCW Footings & Foundations Salt Lake City, Utah The intrigue of the residential foundation that is under 2,000 sq.ft. is often overlooked in today’s construction economy, where bigger is spectacular and ostentatious is attractive. Some of the most challenging projects, however, come in small packages. […]

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Jun
28

2017 Projects of the Year Overall Grand Project: Going Out On A Limb Is Easier Than Building On A Cliff…

The 2017 Projects of the Year Awards… continued excellence in the field of cast-in-place concrete. OVERALL GRAND PROJECT OF THE YEAR Single Family Residence Over 5,000 sq.ft. Aerie Residence by Ekedal Concrete, Inc., Newport Beach, California Corona Del Mar, California 15,000 sq.ft. Single Family Residence Canadian novelist David Bergen once quipped, “I think a construction […]

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Jun
28

Defining Leadership

Here is the problem with being seen as a leader: leaders continue to give a lot of time, energy and often money as a way of contributing to the larger goal or to honor the position they have attained. This is increasingly hard on the organization and the individual as it regularly conflicts with the […]

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May
25

For Sale: 2005 Western Star Crane Truck

For sale by a CFA member is a 2005 Western Star Crane Truck.  Truck is in excellent running and working condition. My shop manager has thoroughly reviewed the equipment and verified no repair is required.  Details of the equipment are as follows: Model: 4900SA Engine: Mercedes OM460LA,  450 HP Mileage: 174,574 Hours: 10,381 Vin: 5KKHALCVX5PU00833 […]

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May
4

FOR SALE: Trimble 5600 Geodimeter and Miscellaneous Equipment

CFA member looking to sell a used Robotic Layout machine.  To go along with the machine, we have multiple data collectors with and without pole mounts, 360 prisms, and charging units.  For more information contact Bob Nickoloff at 440 647 6661, or bnickoloff@mpwcs.com. List of items can be seen pictured below and includes: Trimble 5600 […]

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Apr
24

Winter Walls – The Walls Are “Leaking”

As published in Concrete Contractor Magazine, April 10, 2017. This column presents a comparison issue between what is assumed to be faulty construction or installation and the natural hydration process combined with the change of seasons. Question: Last winter we installed several foundations for a builder in one development. He called this week asking us […]

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Mar
31

Safety 24/7

Last fall a truly “by the book” safe GC tendered a project. Submission of our OSHA training certifications and Safety Program was part of the subcontractor selection process. The submittal included a full-page list of questions about our safety practices. I met with the safety officer on the jobsite and explained that I chose to […]

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Mar
31

March Madness

Let’s face it, I’m about this entirely and I’m guessing many of you are too. I don’t have many conversations it seems without someone having a college team that inspires them. Now, maybe you’re not a basketball fan and prefer wrestling or football, but you have to admit that there is a frenzy, a delirium, […]

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Mar
31

Why Attend Convention

Between podcasts, YouTube tutorials, webinars and google.com, why would I invest the time and money to attend a convention? What will I learn there that I can’t learn online? If this is your mindset, I challenge you to take your company to the next level and explore the real benefits of attending your industry events, […]

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Mar
31

Top Safety Awards Call For Entries

The Board of Directors for the Concrete Foundations Association has created a Top Safety Awards program to recognize contractors in the industry committed to maintaining safe working environments on their job sites. In 2011, OSHA rescinded the exemption from fall protection for residential construction, including that of residential foundation construction under the belief that significant […]

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Mar
31

Millennials in the Workforce

Millennials:  we have all heard the word used in some way or another.  In the workforce, it can carry a negative connotation among employers.  Lazy, high maintenance, ignorant, entitled, and self-righteous are just a few of the words used to describe them.  But this word carries with it another implication that the world is changing […]

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Mar
31

The Power of Following Up

You can get many of the things you want in life simply by following up. Follow up with that prospect that hasn’t returned your call. Follow up with your customer to let them know your men are on the jobsite. Follow up to ensure the concrete is on the way. Follow up with your employee/coworker […]

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Mar
31

Around The Association

It’s been a busy start to 2017 in this industry and certainly throughout CFA membership.  After a very productive and energy-packed World of Concrete, there have been some great developments and challenging progress made that we are proud to report on.   New Members Everyone is encouraged by the growth of the Association.  When a […]

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Mar
31

Trick of the Trade: The Step-Down Flow-Stop

This ‘Trick of the Trade’ is shared by Mary Wilson of Michel Concrete Inc. in Springfield, IL. Mary offers this solution in response to the challenge by CFA President, Dennis Purinton. Mary’s company is rewarded with 50 points to her member account to be redeemed for an upcoming registration, event or purchase. The tip comes […]

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Mar
31

Concrete Contractors Should Use the New (and Better) I-9 Form

Effective January 22, all US employers must be using the new version of Form I-9.   Although in its simplest format, the form is relatively unchanged, contractors can and should download the form from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage and use the new form on a computer.  Use this link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9 There are […]

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