• TRICK OF THE TRADE CORNER: Tying to Prevent Footing Spread

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    This issue’s Trick of the Trade response to the president’s challenge is shared by Jason Ells of Custom Concrete in Westfield, Indiana. Jason has worked with his company’s residential foreman to identify and understand this simple solution they offer to the industry. Jason’s tip has rewarded his company’s member account with 50 points redeemable in […]

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  • MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT: Find Better Customers to Make More Money

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Many concrete contractors are experiencing busy workloads. Their schedules are almost as full as they were before the Great Recession. However, their profits are not where they should be. I am often asked, “How do I make more profit on my construction jobs?” One of the best ways to make more money on your construction […]

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  • CALLING ALL FOUNDATION PROFESSIONALS!

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Concrete Foundations Association announces Concrete Foundations Convention 2017, consisting of both a 3-day professional pass and a 1-day opportunity to interact with the Concrete Foundations Convention in Nashville, TN on July 20, 2017. The 1-day registration is extended to the regional industry for companies wishing to expose their key workforce to a great concrete […]

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  • Residential Building Down in May

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Dodge Data & Analytics Report for June 2017 New Construction Starts in May Edge Up One Percent Public Works Construction Strengthens, But Nonresidential Building and Housing Recede NEW YORK – June 21, 2017 – At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $651.2 billion, new construction starts in May increased a slight 1% from April, according […]

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  • Nebraska’s Leading Concrete Construction Company Obtains New Resource

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Lincoln, NE – Stephens & Smith Construction Co., (www.stephensandsmith.com) has announced that Jereme “Bird” Montgomery has joined the S&S team as their Business Development Coordinator.  His primary duties will focus on new and existing clients, sales, marketing, and social media.  Mr. Montgomery has a wealth of experience within the concrete construction industry, having spent the […]

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Magazine Issues

Jun
20

Are You Sure You’re Training the Right Things?

Not long ago a training consultant got a call from a sales manager who said, “We need sales training!” The consultant answered, “Are you sure?” The caller explained that some of their customer service reps were doing four times the volume of others. It had to be because they were better salespeople … right? So, they […]

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Jun
20

Are You Ready for the URS?

Businesses big and small have vastly different goals and needs – that’s no revelation. However, nearly every company, no matter how big, where they are, or what they sell, agrees on this point: Simplifying and streamlining business practices helps everyone. Such is the intent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Unified Registration System […]

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Jun
20

Controlling Your Risks in the Ever-Changing Insurance Marketplace

Over the last few decades, the considerations involved in managing a company’s risks have drastically changed. Business risks that used to be inherent are much different today and, as a result, mitigation techniques are vastly different than those used in the ‘80s, ‘90s or even the ‘00s. As many business owners know, when it comes […]

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Jun
20

Plan of Action for Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Exposure

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, issued its final rule on exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. The final rule is decades in the making, and has seen many stumbling blocks along the way, but Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of OSHA, saw the new standards as one of […]

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Jun
20

CFA Member Benefit: The Employee Manual

One of the most important parts of any business is establishing the boundaries between management and employees that protect both in times of discipline. The policy manual is the tool used to provide prospective employees with the picture of expectations by the employer, as well as maintaining an ongoing and effectively positive relationship. Employee manuals […]

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Jun
20

This National Association Has Your Back…

I just returned from a week in Chicago where just about every concrete and masonry industry group was represented at combined meetings for the Alliance for Concrete Codes and Standards (ACCS), the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards (MACS) and the Concrete And Masonry Related Associations (CAMRA) executive council. These are bodies that I interact […]

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Jan
11

What’s In Your Wallet?

Another round of Capital One commercials are streaming across every form of my media these days. While I enjoy seeing the newest way to get (or prevent) a point across, it did give me a reason this week to pause and contemplate what it means for our industry. Seriously, what’s in your wallet (if I […]

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Jan
11

Association Board Adds New Leader

Beginning a new, three-year term on the CFA Board of Directors is Chris Ward, Vice President for the Americas with Western Forms of Kansas City, Missouri. Each year during the Annual Meeting for the Concrete Foundations Association, held in conjunction with the summer’s big event, transition takes place as Board members end their time in […]

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Jan
11

CFA Adds First Certified Contractor in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina is the latest state to lay claim to residential concrete foundations constructed by a concrete professional that has achieved the status of Certified Residential Foundation Company, Doggett Concrete Construction of Charlotte, North Carolina has been approved this fall having met all program requirements and has been elevated to certified status. […]

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Jan
11

Passing of CFA Member Lynn Berggren

Obituary:  Lynn Roland Berggren   Lynn Berggren was born Sept. 4, 1950, in Grand Island, to Myron and Margaret (Williams) Berggren.  He grew up with his two sisters and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1968. Lynn attended Kearney State College, where he met wife Jeanne. They graduated in May 1973, married in June, […]

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Jan
11

The Essentials of a Return to Work Program

Lost time is a term used by OSHA to describe the number days an injured employee is away from work, but lost money is what OSHA should really call it.  Each and every day an employee is away from work because of an injury or illness leads to greater losses to the employer and employee.  […]

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Jan
11

The 6 Basic Sales & Marketing Tools for Concrete Contractors

When it comes to sales and marketing, we need to focus our limited time and resources on the vital few things that work to bring in new customers and put money in our pocket. Below are the tactics and tools that do just that. My daughter is attending an advanced indoor soccer camp for a […]

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