• 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

Jul
16

CFA PRESENTS ROBERT D. SAWYER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD TO John Skotzke

The Concrete Foundations Association recently presented its highest honor, the Robert D. Sawyer Distinguished Service Award to John Skotzke at the CFA annual award luncheon held July 21. John was not in attendance at the event due to his continued battle back from a stroke suffered in the summer of 2005. His daughters, Chris Skotzke […]

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Jul
16

BASF Completes Acquisition of Degussa’s Construction Chemicals Business

On July 1, 2006, BASF completed its acquisition of the Degussa AG global Construction Chemicals business. This strategic initiative positions the company to tap into the growth potential of the construction chemicals market on a sustainable basis. With headquarters in Germany, the global BASF Construction Chemicals division consists of Admixture Systems and Construction Systems businesses, […]

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Jul
16

Program Manager, Concrete Home Builders Council

The National Association of Home Builders is seeking a manager to lead department promoting concrete housing products for builders. Develop and market new member services including education events, e-newsletters and networking opportunities, promote revenue programs and memberships, manage human and budget resources. Work closely with volunteer members in the industry in a consensus building environment. […]

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Jul
16

Board and Annual Meeting Highlights

MEMBERSHIP The CFA Board met prior to the CFA Summer Meeting and addressed a very aggressive agenda. Membership in the Association continues to grow. CFA finished fiscal year 2006 with 401 members – a new high. The figure includes 278 contractor firms, 20 professionals, 51 national associates and 52 local associates. CFA finished FY 05 […]

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Jul
16

Announcing the 2006-2008 CFA Officers

With the closing of the 2006 Annual Meeting, a new CFA Board of Directors have started their two-year term. The Board oversees the creation and development of programs geared toward advancing the use of poured concrete foundation construction. Congratulations to member Brad Schrock who is President. Brad is from Custom Concrete Company Inc. He is […]

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Jul
16

Association is a Resource For YOU

It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to lead the Concrete Foundation Association during this next two-year period. It has been my privilege to be a part of this organization for the past twenty years. My affiliation with this group has given me the opportunity to grow from a business standpoint for sure, […]

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Jun
13

World of Concrete 2001 Draws 77,225

The construction industry’s largest annual international trade show held February 26 to March 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada drew a record crowd this year. More than 77,000 construction professionals from 105 countries registered for the five-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center In both attendance and size, this was the largest World of Concrete […]

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Mar
16

Scott Smith Named Contractor of the Year

Scott Smith of Modern Poured Walls, LaGrange, Ohio was named contractor of the year at the CFA Annual Winter meeting held in conjunction with the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nevada. The contractor of the year award recognizes an individual or company that exemplifies the ideals, goals, and standards of the association. Scott Smith, with […]

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Mar
16

CFA and PCA Cast-In-Place Concrete Homes Brochure

In an effort of cooperation to grow the traditionally formed cast-in-place concrete homes market, the Concrete Foundations Association and the Portland Cement Association have produced a new brochure promoting the benefits of above grade concrete homes using traditional forming methods. The brochure was introduced at the National Association of Home Builders annual show recently in […]

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Mar
16

Pyramid Poured Walls, Inc., Forked River, NJ

The beautiful new home for Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Crofoot in Toms River, New Jersey, was one of 2000’s most challenging projects for Pyramid Poured Walls Inc. of Forked River, NJ. John Winton General Contracting was the builder. The home took four days overall to do the layout for footings and walls. The majority of […]

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Mar
16

Solid Foundations, Inc., Bellevue, Ohio

We have jus completed our tenth year in business, and this one put us to the test,” said Daniel and Valerie Gore of Solid Foundations, Inc. located in Bellevue, Ohio. They were referring to a job on a home in Sandusky, Ohio, which but required 500 yards of concrete and 25 tons of steel. “This […]

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Mar
16

Modern Poured Walls, Lagrange, Ohio

Modern Poured Walls Construction Services of Lagrange, Ohio, had an interesting project last summer for Bennett-Dover Home Remodelers of Lorain, Ohio. The Zeller residence in Lorain, which is designed with numerous angles, required wall heights, two widths, 425 feet of brick ledge, and 57 corners. The job took three estimates, five major print revisions, and […]

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Mar
16

Custom Concrete Company, Westfield, Indiana

Custom Concrete Company of Westfield, Indiana, submitted to our basement competition a residential project from their are that included on very unusual detail–this home has a basketball court under the garage! Built on a gentle slope down to a lake, the walls for the basketball court are 16 inches thick and 22 feet tall. There […]

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Mar
16

Bontrager Concrete Specialists, Nappanee, Indiana

Bontrager Concrete Specialities Inc. of Nappanee, Indiana, considered their most challenging project for 2000 to be the residence of the Sheperd family in Bristol, IN. This home is set on a wooded but fairly level lot, but it contains many angles and some special features, such as a theatre in the basement level. Kevin Bontrager […]

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Mar
16

Loucks Concrete Specialists, La Porte, Indiana

While not the largest job of the year, a residential job at the exclusive Aberdeen Subdivision in Valparaiso, Indiana, was definitely one of the most challenging of the year for Loucks Concrete Specialists of La Porte, IN. This 4,500 square foot home is carved into the side of a hill, the walls varying from three […]

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Mar
16

Formco Foundations, West Jordan, Utah

On a mountainous lot in The Colony residential development in Park City, Utah, lies the foundation that Formco Foundations considers its “basement from hell” for 2000. Kirby Justesen, president of Formco, which is located in West Jordan, UT, gave us the statistics on this job: 698 yards for the foundation walls, 408 yards for the […]

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Mar
16

Balmer Brothers, Akron, PA

Folks must be making money in Philly, because one notable basement project last year was for a 29,000 square foot house in Philadelphia. Not as beg as Bill Gates’ house, but still plenty romy. Balmer Brothers Concrete Work of Akron, PA, noted that some of the difficulties in this job were the circular stairways, angled […]

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Mar
16

CFA to Fund Energy Study

The CFA Board of Directors voted at their board meeting in Las Vegas to donate $3000 from the CFA Education and Research foundation to partially fund a study of the energy benefits of building with removable-form wall systems. The study, with a total cost of $15,000, is part of a PCA funded project that will […]

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