• Hoses are not all the same

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Concrete delivery hoses with two ends have different purposes than concrete delivery hoses with one end. See Figure 1. Double-ended concrete delivery hoses increase the potential for serious personal injury when used as an end hose. A double-ended concrete delivery hose has mass attached to the end of the hose, multiplies momentum, and has the […]

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  • 2019 PROJECTS OF THE YEAR

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    A Good Ground Game Is a Sound Game Plan The recognitions for Projects of the Year were made during the Concrete Foundation Convention 2019 in Denver, Colorado this summer. Seen there was another crop of great projects constructed from some familiar CFA members who contribute annually to this competition, as well as some new and […]

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  • BIG BITES ARE NOT ALWAYS BIG PLATES

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    The 2019 Overall Grand Project of the Year | Lafond TALPEY CONSTRUCTION, WESTBROOK, CONNECTICUT CFA Contractor Member The top-scoring project submitted for the 2019 Projects of the Year is an example of the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” With their second project of the year award, Talpey Construction constructed […]

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  • THE BIGGER SIDE OF CAST-IN-PLACE

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Multi-Family Foundation Structure | Poplar Creek Apartments VAN WYKS INC., WALDO, WISCONSIN CFA Contractor Member A returning participant in the annual CFA Projects of the Year program, Van Wyks Inc., demonstrated the diversity of talent and proficiency found in CFA contractor members all across the country, including the sophistication of technology to create their story. […]

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  • CORNERED BUT NOT CONFINED

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Commercial Foundation Structure | Carlson Landing TALPEY CONSTRUCTION, WESTBROOK, CONNECTICUT CFA Contractor Member  The winning entry for the Commercial Foundation Projects category comes from the Connecticut-based CFA member, Talpey Construction. Known as Carlson Landing, this commercial foundation presented the extreme challenge of tight spaces, excessive corners, and an extensive rebar schedule. The foundation is for […]

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Magazine Issues

Apr
1

Letter From the Director

Spring Will Arrive! “I am done with winter!” I’ve heard this statement throughout my community, noticed it in most conversations with members and others that use us for our information resources, and seen it plastered across news and social media. Yet, I’m reminded that we have only had six weeks of it. While short, it […]

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Jan
17

Casting Residential Foundation Walls in Cold Weather

By James R Baty II, F.ACI, Executive Director During a recent CFA event, conversation took place regarding the research significance undertaken by the Association at the start of this new millennium – research that was, in most respects, the first of its kind. What plagued the industry at that time was scrutiny that concrete placed […]

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Jan
16

What Causes Concrete Build-up on Forms

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series By Destry Kenning, Forming Market Segment Manager, Nox-Crete Products Group Just about all concrete-forming contractors will tell you that one of the challenges they face on job sites is keeping their forms clean, or, more specifically, preventing concrete buildup on the working faces of their forms. Theoretically, if you […]

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Jan
16

Letter From the Director

Thoughts From My Desk… “You are simply not going to believe it.” This is the phrase I have been using regularly as I talk with many of you reading this magazine, whether you are a CFA member, or one of the many companies across this great country to whom I have the privilege of casting […]

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Jan
16

Letter from the President

Hello CFA Contractor and Associate Members! With the close of 2018 almost here, I view this as the perfect time to offer some thoughts regarding our businesses and our association. It seems that each year brings new challenges and that running our businesses takes more of our time and energy. Even in a good economy, […]

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Sep
6

Stephens & Smith Construction Company Revives Student-Learner Program

FEATURE ARTICLE: Stephens & Smith Construction Company Revives Student-Learner Program By Jereme Montgomery, Business Development   Many of you reading this article will testify that the skill gap is real. There is a shortage of skilled craftsmen in the construction industry, and it has continued (and will continue) to effect quantity and quality of structures built […]

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Jan
29

Greetings to a New Year, Members and Associates!

Welcome to fresh beginnings and my sincere hope, all of you enjoyed the holidays and your families! World of Concrete 2020 is quickly upon us and with it, a special time to not only start a new year but also a decade. Times, technology, ways of conducting business, workforces and equipment are changing ever faster. […]

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Jan
22

For Sale: 2018 Cifa 38-Meter Concrete Boom Pump

CFA member is looking to move this late-model, high-horsepower, auto-trans conventional truck and pump in close to new condition. The truck is located in the Eastern, US. Vehicle Specifications:Year: 2018Make: KenworthModel: 8800Mileage: 23,752Eng. Hrs: 2,127Engine/HP: Cummins 451HPTransmission: Allison Automatic Pump Specifications:Year: 2018Make: CIFAModel: 1608-HP-K08-ECHours: 364Boom: Z-Fold The asking price for this pump is currently $360,000 […]

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Jan
14

For Sale: Tuff-N-Lite/Western Forms Aluminum Form Combo Set

We have a combo set of used aluminum forms consisting of both Tuff-N-Lite and Western Forms. The forms are 8-foot with a 6/12 hole pattern. The faces are smooth and are Grade B (good) used condition. The set contains over 150, 36-inch x 8-ft full panels and a good assortment of fillers. Call Earl or Andy […]

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Jan
14

For Sale: Precise Forms 9-ft’ers

We have a set of 9-foot forms manufactured by Precise Forms with smooth faces for sale. They have an 8-inch hole pattern and are in Grade B (good) used condition. They are all ready to go! The set includes more than 150 36″ x 9′ full panels and many fillers. A complete inventory listing can […]

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Nov
5

Two Concepts Concrete Contractors Must Know

As concrete contractors, we have to know and understand a lot of things, and it can be challenging to stay focused on the things that move our company forward. Here are two concepts that can help contractors be more profitable and make better business decisions. 1. Lifetime Customer Value The value of customers is determined […]

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Nov
5

IN MEMORY OF WARREN MCPHERSON

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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Nov
5

NOX-CRETE NAMES NEW COMPANY PRESIDENT

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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Nov
5

CFA’S 2019 PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

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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Nov
5

For Sale: COPMA Crane/Kenworth Truck

Irving Equipment provides A-rated service for COPMA cranes throughout the industry. If you are in the market for a used articulating truck crane for your form delivery, consider this offer for a COPMA-mounted Kenworth T800: 2017 Copma 450-4-J4 45-ton crane knuckle boom crane 2,250 lbs at 70′-8″ reach, Excellent Shape (4) Hydraulic extensions on main boom, […]

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Nov
1

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

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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Nov
1

Letter From the Director

New Year, Mid-Year—We Keep On Keeping On Every once in a while, it strikes me that I start talking about the new year while in the midst of the current year. Yet, in our everyday lives, autumn ushers in so much newness. In fact, one could really argue that the truest sense of the term […]

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Nov
1

Job Posting: CONCRETE PUMP & CRANE SALES OPPORTUNITY

Are you tired of slaying the gray all day and want something cleaner with better pay? If you have some experience in the concrete industry we may want you to help us. We are looking for help in both concrete pump sales and crane sales. Both of these jobs will include on the job training […]

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