• 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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  • The Survey Says…

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Reinforcement Trends Facing the Market by James Baty, Executive Director World of Concrete 2020 has come and gone. The Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada serves as the annual home for WOC, a show that draws an average of 60,000 people each year. It continues to prove itself to be the global concrete industry’s most […]

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Magazine Issues

Nov
2

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR CFA?

When commenting on any CFA Summer Meeting, I feel that it is almost obligatory for me to tell everyone what a huge success it was and that anyone who could not attend really missed out on a great experience. However, in the case of this year’s meeting that was held in Stowe, Vermont, those comments […]

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Nov
2

Planning Our Future

Planning for the future is an important part of running a business. Successful companies, whether they have 10 employees or 10,000; whether they are trade associations or residential foundation companies; and regardless of economic conditions all have one thing in common: They convene periodically to assess their companies, the industry, and the future. The world […]

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Nov
2

Now Is The Time For Training!

The fall rush is almost upon you. You hope. Wow, residential construction is down. Down a lot. Earlier this year, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) predicted that residential construction would drop 20.5% in 2007 vs 2006. This is quite a dramatic loss of potential work and its associated profits. Everyone knows work would be down. […]

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Jun
27

Trends in Information Technology

There is a common saying “Work smarter, not harder”. This saying was never more true than in the use of computers (or Information Technology) in your everyday business. The title of this article could be named “Trends in Information Technology Which You Can Use to Improve Your Business”. This article is not so much about […]

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Jun
27

Code Corner — ICC Final Hearings

IRC ANCHOR BOLT PROVISIONS REJECTED The CFA and its industry partners were successful on a major code change at the International Code Council hearings in Rochester, New York this past May. The change, #RB149, repealed the new provisions for closer anchor bolt spacing that were inserted into the 2006 IRC during (literally) a late night […]

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Jun
27

CERTAINTEED CORPORATION NOW OFFERING V-Buck® Vinyl Blocking System

To offer our foundations customers an increasingly broader range of products, CertainTeed Corporation now offers the VBuck(R) vinyl blocking system, a product manufactured by Vinyl Technologies Inc., (VTI) that helps building professionals simplify the process of creating window cut-outs in poured concrete basement walls. The V-Buck vinyl blocking system consists of vinyl window blockouts that […]

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Apr
4

CFA Announces 2004 Basement of the Year

Wendy Ward, Constructive Communication Today’s homeowners are constantly pushing the envelope to ensure their home meets their needs, which has caused concrete foundation professionals to respond with inventive techniques and employ new technologies. Such is the case with the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) 2004 Basement of the Year competition (sometimes referred to as the Basement from […]

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Apr
4

From the Executive Director

The Concrete Foundations Association Board of Directors and several members met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, April 16th for a strategic planning session to chart a course for future growth of the CFA. The most recent meeting of similar scope occurred in 1998. Membership in the CFA is at a record high of 347 members […]

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Apr
4

Concrete — A Century of Innovation

American Concrete Institute Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary with a Year Full of Special Activities The American Concrete Institute is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary throughout 2004 with a series of special activities. These Centennial activities include celebrating and commemorating accomplishments through special events and books, as well as congratulating those who have helped make this […]

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Apr
4

Change is Coming

J. Edward Sauter, CFA Executive Director The Board of Directors had a busy schedule during their meeting, Saturday, April 17th, especially with the discussion that ensued the prior day regarding membership and growth. Below are the highlights of action and discussion: NEW DUES STRUCTURE Dues for the association have not changed in several years while benefits […]

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Apr
4

A Passing of an Industry Legend

It was with deep sadness that I learned last week of Bob’s illness, and deeper yet that I heard today of his passing. What a great friend we have lost. I first met Bob in about 1978, at one of the early meetings of the original Poured Concrete Wall Contractors Association (later renamed the Concrete […]

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Feb
12

Hurry hurry hurry, “click” right up and see the most amazing feats of engineering and information technology unfold at your very finger tips…

Jim Baty, CFA Technical Director Do I have your attention now? I bet I do. The time you were hearing about and waiting for is at hand. The collaborative effort from the CFA Board of Directors, CFA Staff and the software engineers at Consulting Engineers, Corp. produced the most convenient way of analyzing and designing concrete […]

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Feb
12

2003 Contractor of the Year Award

Talia J. Nelson, Marketing & Member Services The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) presented the 2003 Contractor of the Year Award to Randy and Deb Friemoth of Walls Are Us, Inc at the Annual Meeting Dinner on February 17, in conjunction with the World of Concrete in Orlando. Members of the CFA since 1996, The Friemoths’ selection […]

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Feb
12

The Importance of Crisis Management in Your Company

Doug Staebler, Custom Concrete – Westfield, Indiana Most of our businesses were built on a series of business relationships that have developed over many years. They include customers, suppliers, subcontractors, bankers, insurance professionals, CPA’s, and attorneys. In addition to providing important guidance for our business, some of the relationships represent strategic relationships, that if disrupted could […]

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Feb
12

Concrete Homes Council Joins Builders to Promote Concrete Industry

Wendy Shannon, Marketing Director of CHC January marked the third-year anniversary of the Concrete Homes Council (CHC), an alliance of concrete system providers, contractors and industry partners, under the auspices of the Concrete Foundations Association(tm) of North America, established to promote cast-in-place, removable form concrete housing. The CHC celebrated its anniversary and stepped up its commitment […]

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Feb
12

From the Executive Director

Organizations and businesses must step back and take a hard look at themselves from time-to-time. Such an occasion has come for the Concrete Foundations Association. The last self-evaluation was done in 1998. Many of the goals and plans set forth in that meeting were accomplished, but times have changed. The world is different today and […]

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Dec
8

The Importance of Crisis Management in Your Company

There are many possible crises that can affect your organization or the manner in which you conduct your business. Such crises include union organization, wage and hour violations, key business alliance interruptions, computer and IT systems crashes, lawsuits and litigations, succession issues, and loss of a major customer. This issue begins a series of articles […]

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Dec
8

CFA Plans Web-Based Structural Engineering Program

Attendees at the CFA summer meeting received their first look at the web-based foundation and retaining wall structural engineering program the CFA is developing for its members. The program consists of two different designs – the first is for residential foundation walls, the second covers retaining walls. The programs will allow users to stipulate and […]

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