• AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE TRANSITIONS ITS CONVENTION TO VIRTUAL EVENT

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (July 7, 2020) – Due to local, state, and federal regulations, and to protect the health and safety of attendees, the American Concrete Institute announces the transition of the ACI Concrete Convention from an in-person event in Raleigh, NC, USA, this October, to a 100% virtual event.  The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will […]

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  • Brian McKendree Hired on as Director of Consultative Services for Evolution Safety Resources

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Evolution Safety Resources, a safety consultation firm based in Raleigh, is pleased to announce it has hired Brian McKendree on as our Director of Consultative Services. Brian has more than 24 years of experience in the safety and health field, working in the construction and pharmaceutical industries. Brian obtained his Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety […]

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  • Innovator MAX USA Corp. Introduces a New Large Jaw Cordless Rebar Tying Tool

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    New York, NY, April 28, 2020- MAX USA Corp. launched its new large jaw cordless rebar tying tool, the TwinTier RB611T. This exciting new rebar tying tool is the world’s only battery powered rebar tying tool with the ability to tie #9 x #10 rebar. Powered by MAX proprietary TwinTier technology, the RB611T is faster […]

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  • CFA Members Urged to ‘Stand Down’ for Coronavirus Safety

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    CFA, in partnership with the NAHB, is urging our members, and all residential construction companies, to halt work for at least 10 minutes on Thursday, April 16, for a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help “flatten the curve” […]

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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports.  During the coronavirus outbreak, OSHA Area […]

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Magazine Issues

Jan
27

Big Capabilities in a Small Package!

The Trimble® LM80 Layout Manager is pocket-sized, personal layout manager that lets you carry, manage, work with, and lay out your jobsite blueprint, regardless of the method and instrumentation you use. The LM80 lets you: input blueprint dimensions to build a digital replica of the layout plan guide the layout of the major points, add string dimensions […]

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Jan
27

CFA SELF-INSURANCE PRESENTATION IN OHIO

My “From the Director” column two issues ago presented some of the details of the CFA initiative to form a CFA self-insurance “Captive”. The CFA Board of Directors is ready to move forward with the CFA Self-Insurance Captive, but we need member participation to make it happen. This has the potential to be the biggest single benefit for CFA members with regard to financial payback. It […]

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Jan
27

PALFINGER TEAMS UP WITH NORTH AMERICA’S LEADING TRUCK MANUFACTURERS ULTIMATE IN POWER AND REACH

PALFINGER North America, a proven world leader in building truck mounted cranes, has teamed up with North America’s leading truck manufacturers. The result is to offer the ultimate in power and reach with superior performance for extreme applications featuring the PK 85002, PK 100002 and PK 150002 knuckle boom cranes. Palfinger engineers design each truck and crane to withstand the maximum torque and load to tackle the […]

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Jan
27

THE UN-COMFORT ZONE… Will You Freak-Out or Hunker Down?

by Robert Wilson Sometimes motivation is forced upon us. We are thrust into the Un-comfort Zone. And, whether we sink or swim depends on how we respond to the situation. How do you react during a crisis? Here are the stories of two men who faced a crisis late in life and how they dealt with it. One was […]

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Jan
27

WATER BASED FORM RELEASE AGENTS Tap Into The Benefits

Continually rising oil prices and stricter environmental and safety regulations are changing the way many contractors work. Water based form release agents are the clear choice in answering many of these challenges and Nox-Crete’s water based formulas offer benefits that are just not possible with petroleum based products: PERFORMANCE Nox-Crete’s continued research and development has produced water based form release agents with improved performance over traditional petroleum based […]

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Jan
27

GRIFCOTE – GOING GREEN

“Going Green” are key words in today’s construction industry. This includes concrete form release agents. Hill & Griffith now has truly biodegradable concrete form release agents, field proven and being quickly accepted in the concrete industry. Sold under the trade names GRIFCOTE® LV-50, GRIFCOTE® LV-50 Plus and GRIFCOTE® Bio Gold, these materials meets the EPA definition of biodegradability (maximum half-life of 28 days), are non-carcinogenic, non-flammable, noncombustible, non-DOT regulated, VOC compliant […]

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Dec
6

Making the Case for Poured Walls

When I began construction on my home in 1988, I couldn’t find a poured wall contractor in the Pittsburgh area to do my foundation. I reluctantly had to settle for block. In my first year of living in the home, the builder was called back several times because of moisture and cracks in the foundation. […]

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Dec
6

Educate Your Builders — CFA Can Help

CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS COURSE How would you like the opportunity to spend a half-day with your builders instructing them on the best way to build foundation walls? The introduction of Cast-In-Place Foundations, a course developed by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) with the help of CFA, makes this a real possibility. Partnering with your local […]

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Dec
6

Being A Member…

Membership is not just about paying your dues after the first of July, or when every your membership expires, and then waiting for the dues to come up the following year. And although this is a great publication, it’s not about just reading what’s between the covers of Concrete Facts. On a larger scale, membership […]

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Dec
5

Your CFA Membership Benefits

Are you taking full advantage of your membership in the CFA? Hopefully you are. But just in case, I thought I would highlight a few of the relatively new member benefits, as well as remind you of some the old standbys. First, let’s talk about the CFA cold weather effort. Now that winter is upon […]

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Oct
15

CFA Releases 2006 Standard

The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) has released a 2006 version of the CFA Standard. The Standard presents a wide variety of foundation construction information and minimum standards in a code format. It establishes a baseline for construction, and follows the layout of current and proposed building codes, enhanced by real life experiences. “The Standard includes […]

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Oct
15

All Concrete Passive Solar Home Stores Energy in Walls

CFA National Associate Dow recently held an open house for a passive solar all concrete high performance home designed to get the maximum benefit of state of the art insulated wall technologies. The Greene/ Cassidy Home just north of the Perry Park Golf Course in Larkspur, Co., is sited to make the most of the […]

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Oct
15

The Concrete Chateau: High Style Meets High Strength

One of the newest concrete residences on the North Carolina scene has been described as “Quiet Elegance.” The Chateau, a French-country-style home built by Jon Rufty, and designed by Davenport Architecture + Design, Inc. (current CHC member) achieves exquisite style, superior class and enough resilience to withstand the most threatening elements. An experienced custom home […]

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Oct
15

Fine Line Footings

FINE LINE FOOTING FORMS OFFERS NEW ADJUSTABLE SLIP FORM Eagle Mountain, Utah—Fine Line Footing Forms, Inc., manufacturer of the Fine Line Footing Forms stake-free aluminum footing form system, released its new adjustable Slip Form™. With the Slip Form™, contractors have another option available for their footing form needs. Doug Reid, president of Fine Line, states, […]

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Oct
15

NAHB RESEARCH CENTER UNVEILS REDESIGNED PATH TECHNOLOGY INVENTORY

REVAMPED TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE FOR BUILDING PROFESSIONALS OFFERS ENHANCED USABILITY AND DESIGN September 27, 2005, Upper Marlboro, Md.—The NAHB Research Center today announced the launch of the newly redesigned PATH Technology Inventory, the building industry’s online resource for practical information on innovative construction products and practices that can improve housing performance. Redesigned to include enhanced search […]

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Oct
15

CFA Regional Conference A Success in Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Concrete Foundations Association (WPCFA) hosted the second Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) Regional Conference on Saturday, September 17, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Pittsburgh International Airport in Coraopolis, PA. The daylong event was compact with concurrent tracks for management/owners and construction employees in the morning.Then attendees for the construction track went outside for […]

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Oct
15

CFA Introduces Marketing Presentation

Have you ever had the need to make a sales pitch to a builder, but didn’t have a prepared presentation? If so, CFA may be able to help. The Association has introduced a new tool called “Why Poured Walls” “Why Poured Walls”is a multifaceted Power Point presentation that addresses a wide variety of issues that […]

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Oct
15

CFA Enters New Dimension of Education

Yes, the Internet can be a rather intimidating arena for people looking for information and services to improve their businesses. Fortunately, there are opportunities that exist to help break down the many barriers and intimidating factors. This issue, we would like to introduce you to one of the newest ways we at CFA are working […]

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