• 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

Jun
18

Concrete Homes: The Word on the Street

In each issue of Concrete Facts you have been reading about some amazing developments in above-grade concrete housing. These articles have featured companies, they have featured solutions, they have talked about the market penetration and the future. There continues to be tremendous interest in concrete homes and what they hold for business opportunities. However, in spite of the efforts of the Concrete Homes Council, form manufacturers, and contractors in the […]

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Jun
18

Passing of a founding father…

Herald L.R. “Jake” Smith, age 76, of Wellington, OH died Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph’s in Lorain, OH after a long (hard fought) illness. Mr. Smith was born April 7, 1930 to the late, Herman & Ollie (Handley) Smith. Herald grew up in Wellington where he remained the rest […]

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Jun
18

When it comes to your education, WHAT IS CFA PROVIDING?

CFA provides a forum… One of the essential ingredients of CFA is the forum that it provides for contractors to exchange ideas and information both through meetings and newsletter articles. With a membership in excess of 300, members throughout the United States and Canada turn to each other for advice and professional assistance. CFA provides meetings… […]

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Jun
18

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

Mechanization and technology have vastly improved the concrete foundation industry from the inception of the CFA only thirty years ago. Boom trucks, concrete pumps, and conveyors have reduced much of the back-breaking work accompanied with the construction of concrete foundations. Technology in the form of CAD and robotic layout instruments have greatly improved productivity and […]

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Jun
18

Why We Focus on Education

We have all heard the old adage; “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Unfortunately most of us have not only heard that expression but we have experienced it first hand far too often. With the theme of this issue of Concrete Facts being education, it only seemed appropriate to share with you a few […]

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Jun
18

Contractor Certification

A year ago in this article I discussed the merits, advantages, and shortfalls of a CFA-sponsored contractor certification program. The bottom line is that certification is coming whether we like it or not. Several government and code organizations require that contractors, or individuals within the company, are certified to perform their specialty. More will do […]

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Nov
15

BEP Big Panels – Saving Time and Manpower for Martinson Construction

“They pour nice walls – straight and square,” said Dave Martinson of Martinson Construction in Waterloo, Iowa of B.E.P. Forming System Inc.’s new Big Panels. They also allow Martinson to do work in less time with fewer workers. Martinson Construction used the Big iPanels and power ties to construct a data center for Team Technologies, […]

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Nov
15

Association Marketing and Branding Efforts Focus Largely on Public Relations

For the past two years, the CFA has put tremendous focus on public relations efforts. Lacking the vast resources and dollars needed to embark on a national advertising campaign, your Association Board opted to build the awareness of cast-in-place concrete foundations through the PR vehicle and take advantage of the third-party credibility achieved with this […]

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Nov
14

Concrete Above-Grade Wall Systems: What are Homebuilders Thinking?

A summary of the PCA market research’s The 2003 Homebuilder Report The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Research surveyed homebuilders across the United States in 2003 to assess the awareness and use of concrete above-grade wall systems and competing systems, as well as to measure the attitudes and perceptions of homebuilders toward these systems. In […]

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Sep
27

CFA Board Member Changes Her Name

CFA board member Amanda Herbert married Josh Morris on Saturday, May 24th, 2003, in Allegan, Michigan. The couple exchanged vows in the company of family and friends, including CFA members: Charles Engelken, Bill Esker, Terry Lavy, Greg Peacock, and Arie Van Wyk. Congratulations Amanda Morris! Best wishes to you both!

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Sep
27

CFA Website – Accessing and Working with Documents Online

Over the past couple of issues we have spent time together investigating the use of our member/non-member site access and dealing with the issues of membership maintenance and event registrations. This time around, I am taking you on an educational trip on the interaction with this site to view documents that we are providing to […]

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Sep
27

Future Still Hopeful for Residential Construction Market

Construction Market Outlook of 2003 Second Quarter CONDENSED FROM FMI ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK PUBLICATION Construction, like many other industries, suffered a disappointing start to 2003. However, residential construction proved to play a crucial role in the construction industry as a whole. To sum up the second quarter, the boom in residential construction may have peaked, […]

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Sep
27

New Home Sales Rise Beyond The One-Million Mark in April

Sales of new single-family homes rose 1.7% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million units, according to the Commerce Department. It is the third time this year that new-home sales went above the million-unit mark. New-home sales rose in three out of four regions in April, with gains of 13.4%, 0.6%, […]

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Sep
27

Getting the Most Out Of Your Cylinders

Dr. Heather Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Concrete Industry Management Program Middle Tennessee State University What could possibly go wrong? The better question to ask when talking about accurate cylinder breaks is what can’t go wrong. 6” by 12” concrete cylinders are the standard of checking in-place compressive strength for job performance, acceptance, checking mix proportion […]

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Sep
27

Testing Concrete

The concrete testing process garners little attention from the construction industry – until a problem occurs. At that point, everyone is intensely interested and all the parties involved become, for the most part, adversaries. Here’s a true example from a personal experience. A commercial project with a lot of structural concrete allowed the general contractor […]

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Sep
14

Anderson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Daniel P. Anderson received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) at the association’s annual conference in Dallas, Tex., September 18, 2003. The award is given to outstanding individuals in the industry, for the body of their accomplishments furthering concrete construction. Anderson began his career in the concrete industry in […]

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Sep
14

Foundation Builders, Inc.: A Solid Company with Loyal Employees

Foundation Builders, Inc. of Greeley, CO started out as a four-man company in 1972; however, it is far from a small concrete company now. There are currently 70 men and women employed at Foundation Builders, Inc. Owner Jack Renfroe and son Scott, are thankful for the quality of people working at Foundation Builders, Inc. and […]

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Sep
14

Cold Weather Research Update: Strengths Proved Good, More Research on Long-Term Durability

Cold weather is a comin’… scratch that, it’s here! Companies throughout the CFA are gearing up with this in mind as they turn he calendar from October to November and recognizing that special considerations are needed for placing concrete during colder weather. However, at an increasing rate, the CFA is hearing that code restrictions imposed […]

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