• 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

Sep
18

Completing A Foundation In 10.5 HRS!

WHAT THEY DID In an unprecedented 10.5 hours, Coello & Associates constructed a full 8 foot basement and 850 square foot attached garage foundation from start to finish. THE CONCRETE WAS KEY A foundation like the one for this home would typically take a minimum of three days to complete from start to finish. On […]

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Sep
18

ICC Code Update

Here is how it went. Those in favor of the proposal to remove the language from the 2006 IRC stated their case (a maximum of 2 minutes each was allowed). I presented facts from our survey of members among other data. Those who opposed the change stated their case (again, 2 minutes each). Each speaker […]

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Sep
18

What’s Ahead?

Just recently I returned from the CFA Fall Regional meeting in Hartford, CT. As your president, I am pleased to see we have many exciting projects and activities identified that are sure to continue building value to the membership. As a fellow contractor, however, I share with you a subject that is not quite as […]

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Jul
16

CIFA USA Announces Acquisition of CIFA S.p.A. by the Italian Fund Magenta

Italian private equity fund Magenta today announced the completion of the acquisition of CIFA SpA, the Italian group active in the design, manufacture and distribution of equipment for the mixing, transportation and placement of ready-mix concrete. Magenta is a new Italian private equity fund, founded by Luciano Balbo, Edoardo Lanzavecchia and Luigi Sala, that together […]

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Jul
16

Two companies in Geronimo, Oklahoma turn ideas into concrete plans

From The Lawton Constitution, May 23, 2006 by Scott Rains, Staff Writer srains@lawton-constitution.com GERONIMO, Okla.— A progressive view of construction must be mixed into the local water supply. The community supported — by a 71 percent margin — passage of a proposition for a concrete, domed school and gymnasium during a school bond vote earlier this […]

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Jul
16

INTERVIEWS WITH CFA MEMBERS WOMEN IN CONCRETE

Hot on the heals of a sold out, first-ever, ‘Women In Concrete Forum’ at the World of Concrete, we’re featuring some of the women in the foundation industry. We’ve selected eight CFA members that have solid industry experience and make a difference to the corporations they either own or work for. Once thing is for […]

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Dec
17

Coastal Homes with Staying Power Coming to the Carolina Coast

Uniquely Disaster-Resistant Cast-in-place concrete homes promise to be the home of the future Topsail Island, a prized vacation and living destination on North Carolina’s Treasure Coast, will now feature a cluster of innovative homes of the future built to endure the region’s hurricane season with unparalleled luxury and comfort. Security Building Group (SBG) has six […]

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Sep
25

Poured Walls Achieve Thermal Performance Equal to ICFs (with half the insulation)

The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) participated in a Portland Cement Association (PCA) research project this past year studying the dynamic behavior of multiple wall systems. The conclusions from this report, PCA Residential Construction Energy Study For PCA R&D Serial No. 2518, are very beneficial for the contractors that are represented by our association. This article […]

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Sep
25

Easton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The CFA presented Jack Easton, owner and co-founder of Durand Forms, Inc. of Durand, Michigan its first Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFA Summer Meeting luncheon in Niagara Falls, Canada last July. Easton was recognized as a leader in the concrete and aluminum forms industry. The award was presented by long-time Durand salesman and former […]

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Sep
25

CFA Directors Elected

Two new directors were elected and two incumbents were reelected at the CFA Annual meeting held in conjunction with the Summer Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Reelected to three year terms were Arie Van Wyk, Van Wyk’s, Inc. of Waldo, Wisconsin and Gary Moore of Moore & Cormier Construction, Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Elected to […]

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Sep
25

Understanding Fabric Formwork

The use of fabric to form concrete is a very new technology. In fact, one of the first articles published on this method appeared in the October 1998 issue of “Concrete Facts”. Since that article appeared, considerable progress has been made, and fabric forming is finding various economic applications throughout North America. This article will […]

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Aug
13

CFA Announces Foundation Fundamentals Venues

The Concrete Foundations Association announced the venues for the next two Foundation Fundamentals Seminars. The fall seminar will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2002 at the Richmond Marriott West, located at 4240 Dominion Blvd. Glen Allen, Virginia. The seminar will have a slightly different twist than previous seminars in that the noon luncheon will […]

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Aug
13

The Building Code Process

Adoption of Codes The development of building codes is an ever evolving and ever changing process. It can be mystifying and frustrating to even those who understand the process. Most wall contractors operate under one of the current standard building codes, primarily the Uniform Building or the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling code. If […]

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Aug
13

CFA/CHC in New Trade Shows

The CFA and the CHC will make appearances in two new trade shows this coming fall. These efforts are part of an expanded initiative to increase awareness of not only concrete in homes and bases but also the activities of the CFA and its alliance, the Concrete Homes Council. Both shows are inaugural events. The […]

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Aug
13

Abfalter Brothers Concrete

“It is really quite simple,” said Gib Abfalter, president of Abfalter Brothers Concrete. “Customer satisfaction is a key priority and our goal is to ensure that our customers don’t have to make a lot of phone calls to get the job done.” A member of CFA since 1996, this business approach has allowed the Abfalter […]

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Aug
13

Cold Weather Protection Procedures for Footings, Foundations, and Retaining Walls

Cold weather concreting is becoming a topic that has the potential to substantially affect nearly every contractor in the CFA. This past year alone, members in Ohio experienced the frustration that can develop when misinterpretation of the ACI requirements for cold weather occurs. Based on this and similar occurrences over the past few years, the […]

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Jun
13

Concrete Homes – It’s not a Question of If – but a Question of When

As the most innovative and progressive poured wall contractors in the US and Canada, the members of the CFA have always thought in what ways they can expand and make their companies more successful. This success has normally occurred through the training and retention of personnel and acquisition of additional equipment. Now that the economy […]

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Jun
13

Jack Easton “RETIRES” From Durand Forms, Inc.!

Durand Forms, Inc. announces the retirement of long time owner and co-founder, Jack Easton. This announcement became final on March 14, 2001; shortly after Jack’s favorite time of the year “World Of Concrete”. Jack has been a leader in the aluminum forming industry and a strong member and supporter of the CFA since 1977. Jack […]

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