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    New Schwing S 38 SX Has Unique 5-Section Boom

    Monday, November 21, 2016

    November 10, 2016 (New Brighton, MN) – The new S 38 SX from Schwing combines a tight (22’ 10”) front outrigger spread with a lightweight (Federal Bridge Legal) design and a five-section boom with more articulation than any other boom style.  The new model is available in a three-axle configuration with cab-over truck or as a […]

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    IRVING EQUIPMENT LLC ANNOUNCED AS EXCLUSIVE ATLAS GMBH CRANE IMPORTER AND PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    September 15, 2016–Irving Equipment, LLC, located in Tiffin, OH USA, is pleased to announce their recent contractual agreement with Atlas GmbH of Germany, and is now the exclusive importer and primary distributor for Atlas Cranes in the U.S. market. All products will be sold through authorized Atlas representatives. This deal will allow for full distribution […]

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    Controlling the Costs Surrounding Worker Place Injury is in Your Hands

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    …you should consider that all injuries take a toll on your company. When considering work place injuries, you should examine your pre-accident and post-accident planning. A new client recently told me during one of our first meetings, “Every day is risk”. That same new client two months later grieves over a fatality on their job […]

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    CFA Project Of The Year – Coming Out On Top

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    The 2016 Project of the Year Awards…continued excellence in the field of cast-in-place concrete. CFA’s Project of the Year Elevate Craftsmanship Each winter, the Concrete Foundations Association opens a competition to its membership for a broad spectrum of cast-in-place concrete projects. These projects evidence the skill, quality, craftsmanship and at times creativity of today’s cast-in-place […]

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  • CFA Companies Making Important Moves

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Two new states are now served by concrete professionals that have achieved the status of Certified Residential Foundation Company, Indiana and Utah. Custom Concrete Company, Inc. of Westfield, Ind. and Solid Concrete Walls, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah. CFA Convention is appropriately positioned near the start of the next fiscal year for the CFA. […]

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Magazine Issues

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Oct
7

Tearing Down the WALL: The 4 Keys to Building Rapport

Emily, a sales manager in a large organization, was having significant challenges with her team.  Communication with team members was inconsistent, and she continually struggled to motivate them. Her team was regularly missing their monthly objectives, and failed to provide meaningful status updates. The core issue Emily faced is all too common. Anytime you are […]

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Jack and his wife, Georgine enjoying CFA friends during the Winter Meeting celebration at World of Concrete 2006.
Oct
7

CFA Member Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Easton

John Thomas “Jack” – Age 93, of Linden, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Chaplain Hank Messing officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday from 6-9 […]

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Oct
7

OSHA Was Off. Way Off.

OSHA was off, way off! That’s according to a new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and […]

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TotalCostofRisk
Jun
5

TOTAL COST OF RISK: The Five Fundamentals of Insurance

HAVE YOU EVER CALCULATED THE UNEXPECTED HIDDEN SOFT COSTS THAT BECOME A PART OF YOUR TRUE INSURANCE EXPENSES? By Christopher J. Mowery, ARM CRIS Client Service Supervisor Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Everyone knows that premium, losses, and exposures contribute, but the true nitty-gritty of how a company could meaningfully impact their Total Cost of […]

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Jun
5

Five Critical Mistakes That Blunt Leadership Effectiveness

SINCE 2000, ACCORDING TO NUMEROUS NATIONAL SURVEYS, LESS THAN ONE-THIRD OF WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ENGAGED IN THEIR WORK AS MEASURED BY THEIR INVOLVEMENT, ENTHUSIASM, AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR WORK. IF YOU SIMPLY REFLECT ON YOUR MOST RECENT ENCOUNTER AS A CONSUMER AT YOUR LOCAL RETAIL STORE, RESTAURANT OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY, YOUR OWN […]

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Jun
5

OSHA New Confined Space Rule

OSHA CLAIMS NEW CONFINED SPACE RULE WILL PREVENT 780 INJURIES A YEAR The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Confined spaces are described by OSHA as spaces not designed for people yet large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. They […]

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Dec
22

Where We Are Headed

All indications at the moment support the concrete industry maintaining a steady climb through the winter, into the heart of 2016 and extending in that same way into the 2020 to 2021 neighborhood. That is five to six years of constant growth, pressure, advancement and yes, change. Is it possible? Is it realistic? Let’s assume for a moment […]

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Dec
22

Engage Your Employees With Elevated Communication

In many ways, Adrian Aragon was a great CEO; hard-working and completely devoted to his staff and organization, but it was not until he analyzed his CEO performance review that he noticed the blind-spot in his leadership: the gap between how he saw his communication, and how his employees were interpreting it. Committed to becoming […]

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Dec
22

WoundSeal Instantly Stops Bleeding

When Jobsite Accidents Occur, WoundSeal Instantly Stops The Bleeding To Safely Keep Workers On The Job. Hook knives, box cutters, and saw blades all tools of the trade and three of the biggest reasons construction workers suffer wounds on the job. When accidents happen, injured workers can stop bleeding cuts instantly through WoundSeal, a breakthrough […]

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Dec
22

RISK MANAGEMENT: Controlling Your Company’s Insurance Costs

Total Cost of Risk: A company’s soft and hard costs which contribute to the overall cost of their insurance program. For too long insurance agents’ jobs has been oversimplified to just the placement of insurance and issuing certificates of insurance. The CFA and Arthur J. Gallagher have set a goal to be the best client […]

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Dec
22

Tennessee Concrete Association’s Net Zero Building

The Net Zero project began as an idea in 2010 and grew out of conversations from TCA’s participation in the local U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) chapter The Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) is located in Nashville, TN and serves the concrete industry statewide. TCA represents 70% of the ready mix concrete production in the state […]

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Dec
22

Three New Leaders Take Up The Challenge

Meet new CFA Directors Ken Kurszewski of Hottman Construction Company; Lindsay Castles of GMX, Inc.; and Mark Irving of Irving Equipment LLC. The march toward CFA Convention held each year in late July or early August, includes an opportunity for changes to the leadership of the Association. Over more than forty years leading this industry, […]

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