• 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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  • Winter Walls – The Walls Are “Leaking”

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    As published in Concrete Contractor Magazine, April 10, 2017. This column presents a comparison issue between what is assumed to be faulty construction or installation and the natural hydration process combined with the change of seasons. Question: Last winter we installed several foundations for a builder in one development. He called this week asking us […]

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  • Why Attend Convention

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Between podcasts, YouTube tutorials, webinars and google.com, why would I invest the time and money to attend a convention? What will I learn there that I can’t learn online? If this is your mindset, I challenge you to take your company to the next level and explore the real benefits of attending your industry events, […]

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  • Top Safety Awards Call For Entries

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    The Board of Directors for the Concrete Foundations Association has created a Top Safety Awards program to recognize contractors in the industry committed to maintaining safe working environments on their job sites. In 2011, OSHA rescinded the exemption from fall protection for residential construction, including that of residential foundation construction under the belief that significant […]

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Magazine Issues

Apr
4

Previewing CFA Convention 2016

Spring has sprung and no doubt your company is headed out the door in a frenetic pace. Most of the U.S. residential market is ramping up for a solid 2016 forecast as we have heard from so many of you. While PCA has tempered their projections from the Spring of 2015, all indicators are for […]

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Apr
4

A Tale of Two Events

Each year, one of the things my crew members look forward to is a chance at an annual trip to World of Concrete. This year was no different and we ended up taking a total of fourteen guys that did their very best in this past year. World of Concrete has continued to be an […]

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Dec
22

Letter from the President: Why We Persevere

This issue’s letter from the CFA Board President: Why We Persevere David Martinson Martinson Construction davem@martinsonconstruction.com   I read a history document not long after joining the Board that talked about the original ideas for forming this Association. I found it of great interest to see how we compared today with the ideas such strong industry leaders had […]

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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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Sep
21

Putting Sustainability Where Our Mouth Is

Take a poll of constituents in the public domain or even within the concrete construction sector that asks what the top buzz words are today and arguably one of them that will surface at a high percentage is sustainability. Whether forced by regulation or encouraged by intuition, the drive for sustainability in our homes, our […]

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Sep
21

Privileged To Serve

I am honored to be the new President of the CFA and I thank everyone for all the support I have received. In the next two years I hope to be able to share some of the knowledge I have amassed over the last 32 years, much of that directly due to becoming actively involved as a member of the CFA. Why is it so important to be a CFA member? The […]

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Sep
1

Code Minimum Foundation Heights Above Grade Are Important

As seen in The Washington Post, this Ask the Builder article by Tim Carter reinforces the information that has been presented for years by the Concrete Foundations Association. Carter provides sound advice: “keep the foundation well above grade. And also make sure the grade falls away from the foundation.”  To be specific, the 2015 International Residential […]

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Aug
31

Coming Out On Top: CFA’s Projects of the Year Elevate Craftsmanship

Mount Vernon, IA Aug 31, 2016 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the residential concrete industry, announced the 2016 Projects of the Year award recipients at CFA Convention 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S. Car. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Three projects were recognized as award winners including the Grand Overall Project of […]

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Aug
29

CFA ANNOUNCES 2016 TOP SAFETY AWARDS

Mount Vernon, IA Aug 29, 2016 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the residential concrete industry, announced the 2016 Safety Achievement Award recipients at CFA Convention 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The Safety Achievement Awards program seeks to recognize the commitment to safety […]

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Aug
19

SCHWING AMERICA NAMES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM

St. Paul, MN (August 18, 2016) – Schwing America Inc. (SAI) (http://info.schwing.com/e/83972/2016-08-19/5l42vw/150439240) announced today its new leadership team of Bill Murray and Tom O’Malley following the resignation last week of former CEO, Brian Hazelton. Bill Murray, CFO for the past four years at SAI, has been named as CEO effective immediately. For two years prior […]

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