• Projects of the Year: Customer Challenges Deliver Award-Winning Results

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    CFA PROJECTS OF THE YEAR 2018: Customer Challenges Deliver Award-Winning Results   This article features the Concrete Foundation Association’s Projects of the Year, the expanding industry recognition program that features high-quality concrete work that is all too soon, never seen again. Projects are submitted by member organizations in a variety of project categories and are […]

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  • WANTED: Independent Sales Reps (National & International)

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Seeking experienced, veteran Independent Sales Reps with concrete coatings knowledge.  Applicant must have excellent customer service and follow up skills. Professional Products Direct is a company developed with both the professional contractor and DIY customer in mind, selling only through qualified distribution channels. Professional Products Direct has gathered together some of the top talent in […]

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  • Obituary: Kristine Martinson (Dave Martinson)

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    It is with deep sympathy and sadness that we provide this obituary for the wife of Dave Martinson of Martinson Construction, Waterloo, Iowa.  Kristine was present at many CFA events including the Concrete Foundations Convention year after year, often with their kids along for the fun.   Kristine J. Martinson, 52, of Cedar Falls, died […]

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  • Tim Neubauer Awarded Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    [Raleigh, NC] – Tim Neubauer, President of Evolution Safety Resources, was granted the prestigious Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award from Columbia Southern University (CSU). The award was established in 2016 with the goal of recognizing members of the Occupational Safety and Health networkor their dedication, professionalism, and accomplishments within the industry. Although more […]

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  • Herbert Construction Becomes Georgia’s First CFA Certified Contractor

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2018   Herbert Construction Company Becomes First Certified Foundation Company in Georgia Mt. Vernon, Iowa – Concrete foundations constructed in the state of Georgia will now be produced by the state’s first CFA certified foundation company, Herbert Construction Company based in Marietta, Georgia.  “Certified Residential Foundation Company” is a program […]

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Magazine Issues

Mar
16

Obituary: Ronald E. Colvin (1943-2017)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of longtime member and past president of the CFA, Ronald E. Colvin. A Berrien Springs icon passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017: Ronald E. Colvin, known to all as “RC.” He was the first New Year’s baby born on Jan. 1, 1943, […]

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Mar
16

Remembering Ron

by Ed Sauter Those who knew Ron Colvin (RC) will never forget him. Beneath the ever-present beard, overalls, Hawaiian shirts and sandals was a kind, smart, and caring individual who would do anything to make life better for those who worked with him. Ron was a little unconventional in his appearance and approach to things, […]

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Mar
16

Twisted Steel Micro-Rebar in Load-Carrying Concrete Walls

by Samhar Hoz, Jeff Novak, Luke Pinkerton   Concrete walls are widely used in building construction. Concrete is strong in compression; however, its tensile strength is only 8 to 15 percent of the compressive strength. Thus, plain concrete does not have good tensile properties. Cracks can develop due to loads, restrained shrinkage, or temperature changes […]

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Mar
16

UNDERSTANDING PYRRHOTITE IN CONCRETE

by James Baty, Gary Ehrlich, Jamie Farny, Don Penepent, and Dennis Purinton   Concrete, the most widely used construction material in the world, is a complex matrix of materials that transforms into a reliable structural product. With so many variables—different ingredients, different performance requirements, varying exposures—specifiers are faced with many choices when designing durable concrete […]

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Mar
8

3 Tips from a Seasoned Concrete Contractor

Follow these ideas to become a more profitable contractor.   In the Farmers Insurance commercials, the tagline is: “We know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two.” I feel the same way about the concrete construction industry. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry, as well as noticing that […]

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Mar
8

Letter from the Director: Endings Really Are New Beginnings

Over the last few months I have been reminded time and time again of the impact companies and leaders in this Association have had on the blueprint for this industry and the legacy they have left behind. I have such vivid memories of leaders like Ron Colvin (p.17, 19), a former president of the CFA, […]

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Dec
6

2017 Product & Services Showcase

This feature brings you the current products & services that may be found represented by the member companies of the Concrete Foundations Association to make the work of concrete contractors more efficient and of higher quality. PRODUCT & SERVICES SHOWCASE AUTOCAR  |  www.autocartruck.com |  877-973-3486 At Autocar, building trucks isn’t just what we do – it’s […]

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Dec
6

Letter from the Director: OSHA Regulations Bring Increased Relevance

Just from the title, I presume you have already slid to the edge of your seat or crossed your arms in frustration or defiance for what you might read in this letter. After all, in the marketplace there are more real cases now than ever before of contractors and projects impacted by the increased attention […]

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Dec
6

Letter from the President: Business Does Not Change Effectiveness

It has been a very busy year for both our company and the association. We left the summer meeting with renewed enthusiasm for our business and, equally important, enthusiasm for subject areas the CFA needed to address.   We live in an ever-changing world, and I have come to realize and understand the need to […]

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Dec
6

Tricks of the Trade: Rebar Racks for Crew Trucks

This issue’s Trick of the Trade is shared by CFA member, Doug Herbert of Herbert Construction in Marietta, GA.  Doug continues the challenge to you the reader to think about the ways you’ve overcome annoying details and situations to be more effective and economical in your work.  If you are from an active CFA member […]

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Dec
6

Give A Little, Learn A Lot

There is something to be said for those who take the time and energy to go out of their way to help somebody in need, even more so for those who are able to ask for help when it is needed. Oftentimes the benefits of helping others are not always tangible, and it is that […]

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Dec
6

Water: Is It The Basement Contractor’s Worst Enemy?

Sit down at any contractor’s round table and start a discussion about the predominant headache or source of callbacks for basements and you are likely to get common agreement that it is water or moisture. The presence of moisture is a sure sign to the homeowner that a) something dire is wrong with the foundation […]

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Nov
22

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. […]

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Nov
21

Putzmeister To Unveil New 30-Meter Class of Truck-Mounted Concrete Boom Pumps

STURTEVANT, WIS. (Nov. 21, 2018) – Putzmeister America, Inc. (Putzmeister) will introduce its redesigned, optimized line of 30-meter class Truck-Mounted Concrete Boom Pumps in 2018. Each model shares a calm, sturdy pedestal with increased strength and a more robust structure, as well as new options packages for customization compared to the line’s previous iterations. “Across […]

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Oct
6

Seven Lessons Learned From Firing 300 People

Over the course of many years, I’ve fired more than 300 employees at our concrete construction company. The list of reasons for the dismissals is long and varied. I’ve fired people because they’ve caused problems on job sites, refused to take direction from their Foremen, stolen from the company or coworkers, been under the influence […]

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Oct
6

Code Compliance with Insulated Concrete Form Foundations

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are increasingly being used as foundations in commercial and residential projects. Part of the reason is that ICFs naturally help comply with increasingly strict energy codes. While many are familiar with ICFs for above-grade walls, their benefits transfer to foundations as well. Energy code compliance, quicker more efficient construction, and safer […]

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Oct
6

Planning for the Future Workforce

Understanding how to recruit, train, and motivate a younger generation is helping create successful industry leaders – and social media is helping. by Tina Grady Barbaccia, AEC Editorial Specialist, Constructive Communication, Inc.   One of the common stories in concrete construction that remains today is that of the son or daughter who began working with […]

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Oct
6

Recharging Your Leadership

CFA Board of Directors adds four new faces for 2017-2020 By James Baty             Like most organizations, the Board of Directors is the governing body for the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA).  It consists of leaders volunteering their time, attention and financial resources in response to their pride and passion for […]

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