• 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

May
29

Herbert Construction Becomes Georgia’s First CFA Certified Contractor

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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Mar
16

CFA Hosts Rocky Geans Construction Business School

December 12th to the 14th was an interesting new stretch for the CFA. A new education partnership to benefit the concrete contractor member of the Association was crafted with industry motivation expert, Rocky Geans. Rocky is a name many will recognize with familiarity having attended seminars at World of Concrete or stayed current with articles […]

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Mar
16

Safety Really Is Job #1

by Levi Schrock, chair of CFA Safety Committee Throughout the years, safety has been a subject of conversation at the CFA. We confess, however, that it has usually been brought up as a reaction to a hot topic posed by OSHA. Today, we hope to be advanced enough in our thinking to be talking about […]

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Mar
16

Tricks of the Trade: “Droopy Tie Syndrome”

from Dennis Purinton, Purinton Builders, East Granby, Conn.   This issue’s Tricks of the Trade is shared by a CFA member (the current president) in the spirit of continuing to share great ideas and to challenge you, the reader, to consider the ways you overcome annoying details and situations to be more effective and economical […]

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Mar
16

Obituary: Mahlon Eash Jr. (1964-2017)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of longtime CFA member, Mahlon Eash Jr. Mahlon Eash Jr., 53, of Gambier, passed away Dec. 26, 2017. Mahlon was born on May 28, 1964, in LaGrange, Ind., to Emma and Mahlon Eash Sr. He married Erma Gingrich on March 14, 1987. He […]

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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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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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Feb
12

MARK LENTZKOW BECOMES CONTENT AND BRAND MANAGER FOR THE CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION

Mount Vernon, Iowa— The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), the voice and recognized authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, is managed by the firm Sauter, Baty & Bloomquist, Inc. (SB2).  Established by former Executive Director for the CFA, Ed Sauter along with partner James Baty, current Executive Director, SB2 has added Mark Lentzkow to their staff to serve […]

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Jan
17

Responding to an OSHA Inspection (Part 1)

By Mark A. Lies II & Elizabeth Leifel Ash   Editor’s note: This is the first part of a multiple-part series offering advice on interactions with an increasing level of OSHA inspection activity. Perhaps the number-one inquiry received right now at CFA headquarters is for advice on how to handle these inspections and, at times, the […]

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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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Dec
15

CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW AFFINITY MEMBER BENEFIT PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information contact: Lindsey Bloomquist Manager of Communications and Networking Concrete Foundations Association Telephone: (319) 895-6940 E-mail: lbloomquist@cfawalls.org   CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW AFFINITY MEMBER BENEFIT PROGRAM Mount Vernon, IA November 30, 2018 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, […]

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Nov
30

Concrete Foundations Association Announces New Member Benefit – Savings4Members

CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER BENEFIT SAVINGS4MEMBERS   Mount Vernon, IA November 30, 2018 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, has entered into a relationship with Business AdvantEdge, Inc., to begin saving member organizations thousands of dollars annually simply by maintaining an active […]

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Oct
24

For Sale: BEP Gang-“like” Aluminum Forms

CFA member from Iowa is looking to reduce form inventory by selling a set of vertex brick textured “big” aluminum panel forms.  These forms are 9-ft tall and have an inventory including: 8 – 6 ft (w) x 9 ft (h) [72″ x 108″] 8 – 9 ft (w) x 9 ft (h)  [108″ x […]

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Oct
23

Custom Concrete Expands Regionally with New Addition

The Central Indiana-based company has acquired Triple Q Foundations out of the Greater Cincinnati area   WESTFIELD, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2018) — Custom Concrete, central Indiana’s quality concrete contractor, today announced it has acquired Triple Q Foundations, based in Lebanon, Ohio. The acquisition was finalized on Oct. 1, 2018.  The addition of Triple Q Foundations […]

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Sep
27

SOLD: Knuckle Boom Truck Crane w/ Forms & Baskets

We have a ready mix company preparing to sell off their inventory and interests in foundation contracting work.  For starters, a 2006 Sterling is being offered. The truck has 77,000 miles and new drive tires.  The mounted crane is a 60′ knuckle boom and the form baskets and forms are included for the sale offer. The […]

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