• 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

May
8

CertainTeed Corporation Now Offering V-Buck(R) Vinyl Blocking System

(Valley Forge, Pennsylvania) – To offer our foundations customers an increasingly broader range of products, CertainTeed Corporation now offers the V-Buck(R) vinyl blocking system, a product manufactured by Vinyl Technologies Inc., (VTI) that helps building professionals simplify the process of creating window cut-outs in poured concrete basement walls. The V-Buck vinyl blocking system consists of […]

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May
8

PCA Residential Director Honored in “Ten Most Infl uential People in the Concrete Industry” List

SKOKIE, Ill.–Concrete Construction magazine honored Michael H. Weber, PCA’s director of residential construction, as one of 2006’s “Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry.” Weber was lauded for his efforts in marketing and promoting cement-based building systems and products for the residential construction industry. Instrumental in the creation of National Association of Home Builders’ […]

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May
8

Dennis Purinton — Contractor of the Year

The Concrete Foundation Association (CFA) recently presented its 2007 Contractor of the Year Award to Dennis Purinton. Purinton, founder of Purinton Builders, Inc. in East Granby, Conn. has been a member of CFA for nearly a decade. He was selected for this award for his enthusiasm and commitment to advancing the concrete foundations industry and […]

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May
8

WINNERS!

Whether custom or production – today’s homes are designed with many turns and offsets appearing more like an amalgamation of forms rather than the neat little boxes designed decades ago. Today’s consumers are demanding more than ever in their new home constructions, and housing plans have become increasingly more complex and detailed. The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – a North American network dedicated to improving the residential […]

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May
8

Foundation Contractor Certification

Can you believe that the World of Concrete has come and gone again? What an outstanding event this year’s proved to be. Attendance was higher than expected (labeled a record actually) and the quality of exhibitors certainly did not disappoint me. The same held true for the CFA as we hosted our Annual Meeting at the […]

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May
8

Events, Events, and More Events

Another World of Concrete is history – and what an event it was! There was record attendance (over 90,000), a record number of exhibitors (over 1,700), and a record amount of exhibit space (over 900,000 square feet). In spite of a slow housing market, people flocked to Las Vegas. CFA members also supported the event. […]

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Sep
14

Topsail Island Concrete Homes Stood Tall for Hurricane Isabel

In mid-September, the nation’s eyes were fixed on the North Carolina coast as the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in five years was predicted to hit the state. With storm warnings ranging from Category 2 to Category 5, residents braced for Isabel. CNN covered the event from North Topsail Island, a stretch of the state’s coastline […]

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Sep
14

Managing a Wage and Hours Violations Crisis

There are many possible crises that can affect your organization or the manner in which you conduct your business. This issue continues the series of articles based from Doug Staebler’s summer meeting educational lecture in which he presented a system for identifying and dealing with threats and crises. For review, crisis management is the process […]

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Jun
16

Web Lesson: Getting Registered

You’ve seen two postcards and anticipation is building for our next summer event. Yes, the CFA Annual Summer Meeting is a mere fifteen weeks away. A lot can be said about taking advantage of getting your travel plans taken care of early enough to reduce the stress on your everyday lives. A lot more can […]

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Jun
16

Increasing Flow and Igniting Fire

Winning Advice for a Tough Economy by Mike Foti Do you sometimes feel like you are batting your head against a wall in your business? Prices are going south. Costs are going north. Margins are getting squeezed. Where is the magic “silver bullet” of success? The quick answer – it does not exist! If there […]

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Jun
16

H and B Foundations Profile

As one of CFA’s oldest members, H and B Foundations of Elizabeth, Colorado proudly touts the benefits that membership in the CFA has provided to their company. “When I think I am the only that could have possibly experienced something,” said Bryan Herboldsheimer, Vice President of H and B Foundations, “there is always a CFA […]

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Jun
16

B.E.P.TM Forming Systems Big Panel Rotator System Turns Heads at World of Concrete

Nominated for “Most Innovated Products” Contest Industry experts are praising B.E.P.™ Forming Systems’ revolutionary Big Panel Rotator System for its innovative concept and functionality. This new technology promises to reduce labor and equipment costs for contractors, while bringing a new dimension of design capabilities to poured-wall construction. Recently nominated for Hanley Wood’s “Most Innovative Products” […]

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Jun
16

CFA Presents 2002 Contractor of the Year Award

The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), an organization dedicated to improving the quality and acceptance of cast-in-place concrete foundations, recently presented its 2002 Contractor of the Year Award to David Martinson. Martinson, Vice President of Martinson Construction of Waterloo, Iowa, is known throughout the industry as a hard worker constantly striving for perfection. An active member […]

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Jun
16

CFA Announces 2003 “Basement of the Year”

One person’s challenge is often another person’s dream. Such is the case with many entries in the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) 2003 Basement of the Year competition (sometimes referred to as the Basement from Hell competition). The 2003 winner, a 4,177-square-foot residential basement, comprises a unique combination of intricate details and site challenges. The winning […]

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Jun
3

National Associate News

The CFA is introducing a new regular section to the newsletter – National Associate News. This will be the venue for national associate members to announce new products, changes in personnel, and other information of interest to members. National associates should submit their National Associate News news releases to Ed Sauter at esauter@cfawalls.org. CFA reserves the right to condense the releases to 200 words or less.

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Jun
3

Durand Forms Appointment Enhances Company’s Position

Durand, Michigan, December 16, 2002— Durand Forms, Inc., a leading aluminum form manufacturer in Durand, Michigan, has announced the appointment of Philip W. Fearnow as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, as well as three new regional manager positions. Fearnow’s experience includes manufacturing, corporate sales and technical services in the area of chemicals, explosives and pre-cast concrete. Fearnow’s initial efforts will be working and visiting with Durand distributors and customers to enhance their poured […]

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Jun
3

Outsourcing Services – A Practical Alternative for Any Business

Large and small companies alike are seeing more value in outsourcing services as the demand for professional expertise increases and employee base and payroll budgets decrease. “Outsourcing” as defined by the Outsourcing Institute of New York is “the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources.” A premier building products company executive says “we outsource services because they specialize in areas that we don’t and […]

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Jun
3

New Control Joint System Available

MAR-FLEX® has announced the introduction of a new system to reduce random cracks in concrete foundations. This is accomplished by creating vertical control joints on both sides of the foundation wall. Shrinkage cracking is confined to the control joint area and the outside control joint is sealed to make it waterproof and watertight. MAR-FLEX offers this economical and easy to use system with an additional cost estimated to […]

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