• SCHWING AMERICA ACQUIRES ASSETS OF LOOP BELT INDUSTRIES

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    ST. PAUL, MINN. (September 29, 2017) – Schwing America, worldwide designer, manufacturer and distributor of premium concrete production and handling equipment, announced the closing of transaction for the purchase of all the assets of Loop Belt Industries, makers of high-quality truck mounted telescopic conveyors. “We are thrilled to acquire the assets of Loop Belt Industries […]

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  • TRICK OF THE TRADE CORNER: Tying to Prevent Footing Spread

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    This issue’s Trick of the Trade response to the president’s challenge is shared by Jason Ells of Custom Concrete in Westfield, Indiana. Jason has worked with his company’s residential foreman to identify and understand this simple solution they offer to the industry. Jason’s tip has rewarded his company’s member account with 50 points redeemable in […]

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  • MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT: Find Better Customers to Make More Money

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Many concrete contractors are experiencing busy workloads. Their schedules are almost as full as they were before the Great Recession. However, their profits are not where they should be. I am often asked, “How do I make more profit on my construction jobs?” One of the best ways to make more money on your construction […]

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  • CALLING ALL FOUNDATION PROFESSIONALS!

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Concrete Foundations Association announces Concrete Foundations Convention 2017, consisting of both a 3-day professional pass and a 1-day opportunity to interact with the Concrete Foundations Convention in Nashville, TN on July 20, 2017. The 1-day registration is extended to the regional industry for companies wishing to expose their key workforce to a great concrete […]

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  • Residential Building Down in May

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Dodge Data & Analytics Report for June 2017 New Construction Starts in May Edge Up One Percent Public Works Construction Strengthens, But Nonresidential Building and Housing Recede NEW YORK – June 21, 2017 – At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $651.2 billion, new construction starts in May increased a slight 1% from April, according […]

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Magazine Issues

Dec
22

RISK MANAGEMENT: Controlling Your Company’s Insurance Costs

Total Cost of Risk: A company’s soft and hard costs which contribute to the overall cost of their insurance program. For too long insurance agents’ jobs has been oversimplified to just the placement of insurance and issuing certificates of insurance. The CFA and Arthur J. Gallagher have set a goal to be the best client […]

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Dec
22

Tennessee Concrete Association’s Net Zero Building

The Net Zero project began as an idea in 2010 and grew out of conversations from TCA’s participation in the local U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) chapter The Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) is located in Nashville, TN and serves the concrete industry statewide. TCA represents 70% of the ready mix concrete production in the state […]

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Dec
22

Three New Leaders Take Up The Challenge

Meet new CFA Directors Ken Kurszewski of Hottman Construction Company; Lindsay Castles of GMX, Inc.; and Mark Irving of Irving Equipment LLC. The march toward CFA Convention held each year in late July or early August, includes an opportunity for changes to the leadership of the Association. Over more than forty years leading this industry, […]

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Oct
7

RISK Management: You Have The Job!

But is your insurance coverage what it should be? “You have the job!” You are off to the races. It is astonishing that subcontractors often commence work on a project without defined terms of indemnification or having matched their insurance coverage with the indemnification terms of the contract. We have all heard the stories about insurance companies paying claims for no reason or when they […]

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Oct
7

The Journey Is Greater Than The Mountain Top

CFA recognizes Dan Bromley of ABI Corporation with an M.V.P Award Walt Disney is noted for once stating, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” In this statement can be found the inspiration behind the action that led the CFA Board of Directors to award Dan Bromley and his […]

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Oct
7

Innovation: A By-Product of Desire and Perseverance

CFA recognizes Rich Kubica of K-Wall Poured Walls with the inaugural Innovation Award Arguably the greatest benefit of belonging to a strong and vibrant network like the Concrete Foundations Association is access to the experience and innovative spirit of top minds and professionals. There are dozens of examples of such innovative spirit each year brought to the attention of CFA staff. It is for this […]

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Sep
21

Putting Sustainability Where Our Mouth Is

Take a poll of constituents in the public domain or even within the concrete construction sector that asks what the top buzz words are today and arguably one of them that will surface at a high percentage is sustainability. Whether forced by regulation or encouraged by intuition, the drive for sustainability in our homes, our […]

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Sep
21

Privileged To Serve

I am honored to be the new President of the CFA and I thank everyone for all the support I have received. In the next two years I hope to be able to share some of the knowledge I have amassed over the last 32 years, much of that directly due to becoming actively involved as a member of the CFA. Why is it so important to be a CFA member? The […]

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Sep
1

Code Minimum Foundation Heights Above Grade Are Important

As seen in The Washington Post, this Ask the Builder article by Tim Carter reinforces the information that has been presented for years by the Concrete Foundations Association. Carter provides sound advice: “keep the foundation well above grade. And also make sure the grade falls away from the foundation.”  To be specific, the 2015 International Residential […]

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Aug
31

Coming Out On Top: CFA’s Projects of the Year Elevate Craftsmanship

Mount Vernon, IA Aug 31, 2016 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the residential concrete industry, announced the 2016 Projects of the Year award recipients at CFA Convention 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S. Car. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Three projects were recognized as award winners including the Grand Overall Project of […]

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Aug
31

2016 Projects of the Year: Custom Concrete Company

Single Family Residence Foundation 2,000 to 5,000 sq.ft. Delp Foundation Custom Concrete Company Greenwood, Indiana     The average size home in the United States last year reached 2,600 sq.ft. according to the Census Bureau.  Receiving the popular vote for top residential foundation in this size range, however, was a project that certainly can’t be […]

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Aug
31

2016 Projects of the Year: Commercial Structure

Commercial Structure Howell Mill Herbert Construction Company Atlanta, Georgia    Since 2010, companies have been submitting commercial projects to the CFA’s annual Projects of the Year competition to evidence the growth that has occurred of cast-in-place foundation technology and expertise throughout those larger or broader markets.  Often awarded are very large and deep, as well […]

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