• 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

Jan
16

We Are Built of Concrete

Preparing for each issue of Concrete Facts, I have discussed with CFA Staff ideas on the Association calendar and the state of the industry.” Looking at the final issue for 2007 was no different and the message I received from them was one to perhaps offer an inspirational letter about staving off winter and the […]

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Jan
16

Concrete Homes Council

The CFA recently went through the strategic planning process during which it mapped out its goals for the future. The Concrete Homes Council recently went through a similar, though less rigorous, self-analysis. The above grade market for concrete homes continues to expand but at a slower pace than anticipated. The consensus, however, is that there […]

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Nov
29

Jim Niehoff Is New CHBC Chair

Since 1997, Jim Niehoff has served as the program manager for residential promotion at the Portland Cement Association. He has played an integral part PCA’s success in the growing residential market. While at PCA, Jim has served as the residential media spokesperson and as a liaison to NAHB and The New American Home. He also […]

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Nov
29

Passing On Your Business

Look around today and your are likely to quickly see many discussions on transitioning your business to the next generation. Face it, the management minds that established the control of the residential industry by cast-in-place concrete are nearing retirement and the second or perhaps third generation of leadership now must take up the reigns. This […]

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Nov
29

Eskers Celebrate 60 Years

CONGRATULATIONS Stay around the CFA long enough and you will meet some truly unique companies. We look no further this issue than the great town of Teutopolis, IL (some know it as Esker-ville) where the Esker family has celebrated 60 years of continual family-run business with their company, J.B. Esker & Sons, Inc. It’s hard […]

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Nov
29

Marketing 101

It was once written, “These are the best of times, these are the worst of times…” and truly the residential industry feels that pain right now. Returning from the last two meetings we can truly say we’ve never heard such wide spread diversity to the message of the state of the industry. Places are busier […]

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Feb
17

CFA Board Update

Board meetings at the World of Concrete are always a busy affair with so many competing activities. The CFA board, however, tackled a host of initiatives and topics, several of which will result in additional member benefits and services. They are highlighted below. CFA CONSIDERS SAFETY PROGRAM A presentation on safety programs was made by […]

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Feb
17

Agreements – Changing the “Take It or Leave It” Format

Doug Staebler, Custom Concrete Company, Inc., Westfield, IN In previous articles, we looked at the growing use of Subcontractor agreements by builders. In addition to the typical clauses dealing with schedules, work defects, payment provisions, and other construction related matters, most of these agreements contain extremely potent indemnification clauses, which impose nearly unlimited liability on […]

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Feb
17

W.O.C. 2005 Wrap-up

Like most of you, I have had some experience with the World of Concrete shows. I’ll date myself by admitting that I attended my first in Dallas 1981, and later in Atlanta 1989. So with a perspective that spans 24 years, I can tell you they just keep getting more and more amazing. This year’s […]

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Feb
17

Educate Your Builders

NAHB UNIVERSITY OF HOUSING UNVEILS CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS COURSE The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a powerful force in the business of home building. Most home builders in the United States belong and participate in their association and most of the members of CFA work with builders who are part of the NAHB. The […]

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Dec
14

NAWIC Invites Nominations for 11th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Program

Celebrating the achievements of individuals with vision who helped to promote, expand and encourage to role of women in the construction industry. The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is accepting nominations for its 11th annual Crystal Vision and Crystal Achievement Awards. The Crystal Vision Awards Program recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievement in advancing the role […]

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Dec
14

PCA has a New Tech Brief

The Portland Cement Association recently published a tech brief, Technology Brief: Concrete Basements, to inform the building industry and consumers of the value in having a concrete basement. IS313-Concrete Basements describes why basements are built with concrete, what quality construction practices to look for, and the various types of cement based systems available to build with. […]

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Dec
14

Form-A-Drain: A Century of Innovations

Through innovation and creative product design, CertainTeed Corporation has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Company, its slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American manufacturer of vinyl and fiber cement siding; vinyl and […]

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Dec
14

Cranes & Equipment: We’ve All Come a Long Way

By: Joan E. Ausbury, President Cranes & Equipment Corp. Peoria, IL It was July 18, 1986, Kansas City, Missouri and the vision is still clear in my aging mind. The hole is dug, the footers are in, and there’s a busload of CFA members milling about the typical mounds of dirt around an excavation. The building site […]

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Dec
14

Western Forms: Working With the CFA to Help the Industry Grow

ABOUT WESTERN FORMS® What started 50 years ago as a form tie producer has grown into a leading aluminum forming systems manufacturer. Today, Western Forms delivers high quality, high performance form panels, hardware, tools, and accessories. With unique technological innovations, Western Forms continues to improve its position as a leader, in the minds of both […]

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Dec
14

Butler Construction: The Most Efficient on Efficiency

By: Talia J. Nelson, Marketing & Member Services Butler Construction formed in 1978 by president, Daniel Butler, in Auburn, Indiana. A small family owned business, it expanded from pouring basements to include pouring large walls for machinery press prints and retaining wall work. It specializes in total site and foundation construction. A CFA member since 1998, […]

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Dec
14

Purinton Builders, Inc.: On the Right Path

Talia J. Nelson, Marketing & Member Services Purinton Builders, Inc of Granby, Connecticut, is the type of company that CFA was created for. As with many businesses, it started out as one man with the desire to succeed. Dennis Purinton, President of Purinton Builders, Inc., started the journey to success in the spring of 1984. Originally, […]

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Dec
14

Dependant Foundations: Moving On Up

Byline: Talia J. Nelson, Marketing & Member Services You may have seen the name Mark Markovich beside “Treasurer” on the list of Concrete Foundations Association’s Board of Directors, but that is not the only organization in which Markovich actively participates. Markovich has been president of Dependant Foundations in Brighton, Michigan for the past 20 years. Dependant […]

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