• Airlite Plastics Co. – Fox Blocks ICF Acquires TRUEGRID

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    Paves way for accelerated growth in sustainable construction products    Omaha, Neb. (April 17, 2019) – Airlite Plastics acquired TRUEGRID on April 15, 2019, adding the permeable paving grid system to its line of environmentally sustainable construction products.  TRUEGRID high-performance pavers control runoff, create less thermal pollution and reduce waste for landfills, among other ecological benefits. […]

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  • Responding to an OSHA Inspection (Part 2)

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    By Mark A. Lies, II & Elizabeth Leifel Ash INTRODUCTION In Part One of “Responding to an OSHA Inspection,” the focus was determining whether OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) had the right to conduct the inspection and, if it did, the proper scope it should have. As anyone who has ever experienced […]

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  • 6 Mistakes Concrete Contractors Make When Hiring People

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    By Doug Herbert As spring arrives, so do the opportunities for concrete contractors to do more work. We emerge from our winter slumber to finally see more bidding activity and orders from customers. Before we know it, we will be sweating it out in June, wondering how to find enough laborers to get all the […]

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  • Finding a Concrete Housing Authority

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    By David Pfanmiller, CONCRETE HOUSING INSIGHT It does not take long in any conversation around the concrete industry for the focus to turn toward the concrete house. Invariably, someone will ask the question, “Why is it that we aren’t building houses out of concrete here in the U.S.? I mean, look at Europe – they’ve […]

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  • My Key to Success -Tim Upton

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR, 2018 By Lindsey Bloomquist The Contractor of the Year, presented annually by the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), demonstrates the service, technology and knowledge needed to advance the use of poured wall construction. The recipient is acknowledged for unselfish commitment to peers, to the association and to the industry, both at their […]

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Magazine Issues

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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Mar
8

Letter from the President

For many of us the usual winter weather has generated scheduling problems, loss of work volume, and many unproductive days. On the brighter side, we have all been blessed with the ability to be profitable by the plentiful volume of work during the nicer seasons of the year, I call this “inside the box work” […]

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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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Oct
6

SCHWING AMERICA ACQUIRES ASSETS OF LOOP BELT INDUSTRIES

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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Oct
6

Profoundly Impacted by Convention

This issue of the magazine introduces the newest CFA Board members. One of the common threads between them is easily found in the profound impact that Convention, meeting and networking with peers has had on them. This is not unique by any stretch of the imagination to a member of the Board. Talk with any […]

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Oct
6

Success Only Comes After Work!

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. After many years in business, I can attest to that being a “Concrete Fact.” Becoming a CFA member will never take the hard work out of success, but membership sure can lighten the load and, hopefully, help avoid the pitfalls of our industry through […]

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Aug
15

For Sale: Trimble RTS 555 – Robotic Layout Station

We have three complete sets of the Trimble RTS 555 Total Station pictured below.  All three sets have been in use up until last month when we upgraded.  Asking price is $6,500 each.  See the photos for more details on the equipment.  Each have two batteries, a Nomad and brackets for poles. For interest or […]

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Aug
15

Acceptable Tolerances for Residential Footings

As published in Concrete Contractor Magazine, August/September 2017. This column pertains to the nature of minimum requirements or specifications for the size of concrete footings in relation to the foundation walls they support. Question: I have a foundation that was poured and I am not impressed.  The footings were poured and when they set the […]

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Jul
12

The Risk of Not Knowing: Duty to Provide Fall Protection

Originally published in Concrete Contractor magazine. Question: Yesterday, an OSHA inspector witnessed two of our crew members standing atop the formwork, while finishing a pour. The first worker was floating the wall and the second worker was installing anchor bolts. Both of these are standard procedures for us and the workers are trained and confident working […]

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Jun
28

ASSOCIATION NEWS: CFA Health and Safety Survey Says…

CFA conducted a survey on the state of safety education in member companies. The survey was the precursor for work being undertaken to develop a learning management system (LMS) and offer online courses for access by members of the Association, to bring better education to the workforce. Such an LMS not only elevates the quality […]

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Jun
28

TRICK OF THE TRADE CORNER: Tying to Prevent Footing Spread

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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