CertainTeed(R) T-Roc(TM) Thermal Laminate Foundation Insulation System Achieves ICC-ES Approval

Leading North American building products manufacturer, CertainTeed Corporation, has received an evaluation report from ICC Evaluation Services, Inc. (ICC-ES), confirming that T-Roc(TM) Thermal Laminate Foundation Insulation System is building code compliant. T-Roc enables building professionals to bypass several costly, time-intensive tasks involved with turning foundations into finished walls in a livable basement space. Through the analysis of T-Roc, including testing, […]

Industry Loses Pioneer Marion Myers

Poured wall and aluminum forms pioneer Marion Myers passed away July 5th, 2010. Marion was 89 and had lived in Middletown, Ohio. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Corps during WWII. He established Myers Construction Company and ran a successful business for twenty years. In 1970 he bought the first aluminum forms in the state of Ohio. After his retirement he moved to […]

Dream Once Again

And “there was a man named Jabez…” In 1916 Anheuser Busch produced over more than one million barrels of beer. Production was up and the market bursting. But storm clouds were on the horizon. The Temperance movement was gaining political clout; World War I brought rationing and anti-German sentiment, which sent production downward drastically. By 1919, sales had dropped to 218,000 barrels. Then came prohibition. Events […]

CFA Elects New Board Members

Parrish Assumes Presidency CFA has announced the newest terms for its Board of Directors as well as a new President to direct its next two-year period. During the CFA Annual Convention, held earlier this year at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri, the attending members elected Van Smith of Smith Brothers Concrete in Alden, New York to a one-year term to replace Jim Rowe […]

CFA Moves On Insurance Captive

The CFA Board of Directors voted at the summer board meeting to take the next step in the CFA self-insurance program. Business may be slow but if you are doing business, you are still buying insurance. The CFA program will be modeled after the highly successful CSDA (Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association) insurance captive. That program, which suffered a setback […]


The Concrete Pump Manufacturers Association (CPMA) has standardized two warning labels dealing with the hazard to the placing crew of the release of trapped air from the concrete hose during pumping (commonly referred to as ‘hose whipping’). The labels are intended to educate the drivers of ready&mixed concrete trucks about the severity of the hazard of air in the concrete system, how to avoid the hazard, […]


There are two types of hoses commonly used in concrete pumping: Concrete Delivery Hoses (usually referred to as Double-Ended Hoses), and End Hoses. A concrete delivery hose has a connector on both ends of the hose, while an end hose has a connector on only one end, as shown below. Concrete hoses hanging from a boom can be […]


CFA membership is now more important than ever and we are bringing you this information to begin solidifying your decision and setting the course for your participation to come. Membership in an association like the Concrete Foundations Association, CFA, should be made based on its ability to inspire and contribute to the growth of your company. It is understandable […]

Schwing America, Inc., Successfully Exits Chapter 11

Schwing America,Inc. a leading manufacturer of concrete equipment successfully emerged from Chapter 11. The company’s plan of reorganization was approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court after nine months of protection. Schwing completed the payoff to existing lenders from funds obtained from a pool of European banks. CEO Brian Hazelton thanked customers, the Schwing family and suppliers for their support. In an unusual display of support, 100- percent of the unsecured […]

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