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    New Schwing S 38 SX Has Unique 5-Section Boom

    Monday, November 21, 2016

    November 10, 2016 (New Brighton, MN) – The new S 38 SX from Schwing combines a tight (22’ 10”) front outrigger spread with a lightweight (Federal Bridge Legal) design and a five-section boom with more articulation than any other boom style.  The new model is available in a three-axle configuration with cab-over truck or as a […]

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    IRVING EQUIPMENT LLC ANNOUNCED AS EXCLUSIVE ATLAS GMBH CRANE IMPORTER AND PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    September 15, 2016–Irving Equipment, LLC, located in Tiffin, OH USA, is pleased to announce their recent contractual agreement with Atlas GmbH of Germany, and is now the exclusive importer and primary distributor for Atlas Cranes in the U.S. market. All products will be sold through authorized Atlas representatives. This deal will allow for full distribution […]

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    Controlling the Costs Surrounding Worker Place Injury is in Your Hands

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    …you should consider that all injuries take a toll on your company. When considering work place injuries, you should examine your pre-accident and post-accident planning. A new client recently told me during one of our first meetings, “Every day is risk”. That same new client two months later grieves over a fatality on their job […]

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    CFA Project Of The Year – Coming Out On Top

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    The 2016 Project of the Year Awards…continued excellence in the field of cast-in-place concrete. CFA’s Project of the Year Elevate Craftsmanship Each winter, the Concrete Foundations Association opens a competition to its membership for a broad spectrum of cast-in-place concrete projects. These projects evidence the skill, quality, craftsmanship and at times creativity of today’s cast-in-place […]

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  • CFA Companies Making Important Moves

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Two new states are now served by concrete professionals that have achieved the status of Certified Residential Foundation Company, Indiana and Utah. Custom Concrete Company, Inc. of Westfield, Ind. and Solid Concrete Walls, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah. CFA Convention is appropriately positioned near the start of the next fiscal year for the CFA. […]

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Magazine Issues

Apr
4

Elevating Board Form Concrete to a Marketable Aesthetic

If the Great Recession has taught us anything as a company, it is that a concrete construction company can be extremely resilient when everything is on the line. In order to be resilient, our company had to be creative and apply ourselves to finding work and finding uniqueness any way possible. Out here in the […]

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FromtheDir
Apr
4

Previewing CFA Convention 2016

Spring has sprung and no doubt your company is headed out the door in a frenetic pace. Most of the U.S. residential market is ramping up for a solid 2016 forecast as we have heard from so many of you. While PCA has tempered their projections from the Spring of 2015, all indicators are for […]

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FromthePres
Apr
4

A Tale of Two Events

Each year, one of the things my crew members look forward to is a chance at an annual trip to World of Concrete. This year was no different and we ended up taking a total of fourteen guys that did their very best in this past year. World of Concrete has continued to be an […]

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FromthePres
Dec
22

Letter from the President: Why We Persevere

This issue’s letter from the CFA Board President: Why We Persevere David Martinson Martinson Construction davem@martinsonconstruction.com   I read a history document not long after joining the Board that talked about the original ideas for forming this Association. I found it of great interest to see how we compared today with the ideas such strong industry leaders had […]

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FromtheDir
Dec
22

Where We Are Headed

All indications at the moment support the concrete industry maintaining a steady climb through the winter, into the heart of 2016 and extending in that same way into the 2020 to 2021 neighborhood. That is five to six years of constant growth, pressure, advancement and yes, change. Is it possible? Is it realistic? Let’s assume for a moment […]

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02 - Engaged Listening (crop to pair)
Dec
22

Engage Your Employees With Elevated Communication

In many ways, Adrian Aragon was a great CEO; hard-working and completely devoted to his staff and organization, but it was not until he analyzed his CEO performance review that he noticed the blind-spot in his leadership: the gap between how he saw his communication, and how his employees were interpreting it. Committed to becoming […]

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BuildWithStrength-NRMCA
Jul
7

“Build with Strength” to Provide Concrete Information and Resources for Seattle, WA Design / Build and Construction Markets

Seattle, WA – Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), will be launching new resources, training programs, and educational content in  Seattle, Washington as part of increased efforts to inform the design / build and construction communities about the advantages of concrete construction in the low- to mid-rise residential […]

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Jun
29

Schwing America’s Concrete Pumps and Truck Mixers Now Use Valspar Coating Technology

Valspar Duraspar Passes Durability Test; Surpasses Finish and Application Test MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2016 – Schwing America has converted its paint coating system to the new Valspar Duraspar® Industrial Performance (IP) coatings and intermix system from The Valspar Corporation, a global coatings leader. Headquartered in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Schwing America is the first production […]

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Management
Jun
20

Are You Sure You’re Training the Right Things?

Not long ago a training consultant got a call from a sales manager who said, “We need sales training!” The consultant answered, “Are you sure?” The caller explained that some of their customer service reps were doing four times the volume of others. It had to be because they were better salespeople … right? So, they […]

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Foley Carrier Services
Jun
20

Are You Ready for the URS?

Businesses big and small have vastly different goals and needs – that’s no revelation. However, nearly every company, no matter how big, where they are, or what they sell, agrees on this point: Simplifying and streamlining business practices helps everyone. Such is the intent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Unified Registration System […]

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Insurance Marketplace
Jun
20

Controlling Your Risks in the Ever-Changing Insurance Marketplace

Over the last few decades, the considerations involved in managing a company’s risks have drastically changed. Business risks that used to be inherent are much different today and, as a result, mitigation techniques are vastly different than those used in the ‘80s, ‘90s or even the ‘00s. As many business owners know, when it comes […]

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Silica Dust Exposure
Jun
20

Plan of Action for Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Exposure

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, issued its final rule on exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. The final rule is decades in the making, and has seen many stumbling blocks along the way, but Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of OSHA, saw the new standards as one of […]

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