• Concrete Foundations Association Responds to Pending Shortage of Form Ties:

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    Shortage could create a temporary shutdown in residential construction (March 11, 2021 – Mt. Vernon, Iowa) — The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the leading organization serving as the voice of cast-in-place contractors – has announced an industry-wide effort to mitigate the pending shortage of steel form ties across the North American markets.  According to James […]

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  • Dan Durant Named VP of Sales Eastern North America as MAX USA Corp Continues to Expand

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    For the past five and a half years, Dan Durant has worked diligently to expand his skills and knowledge of how MAX USA Corp. can exceed and support the construction markets’ needs with its growing line of industrial tools and innovative solutions. Originally coming onboard as a Regional Sales Manager in 2015, Dan has continued […]

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  • Innovative Product Reshapes Concrete Use Forever

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    By SARAH WRIGHT | The Municipal In areas with harsh winter conditions, concrete takes a beating. Common deicers can result in calcium oxychloride growth that rots concrete joints, and freeze-and-thaw cycles cause surface delamination or scaling. Such deterioration proves frustrating when it occurs well before the concrete’s life expectancy is up. However, an innovative product […]

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  • A New Year Brings Forth New Leaders

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Introducing the New Board Members for the Concrete Foundations Association It is hard for many to believe how quickly the time flies, yet here we are in February with half the fiscal year already behind the Association and a race to the finish already in mind.  This race has more than one meaning and significant […]

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  • Comparing Innovative Concrete Material Options for a Residential Home

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    It’s no secret that the unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic has had some unpredictable impacts on industries worldwide. For the first time since 2010, the cost of construction has fallen. However, material costs are rising.  In June alone, raw material costs rose by 2.2%. The price of lumber jumped 16.5% in July and is up 19% overall. […]

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Magazine Issues

Apr
1

Letter From the Director

Spring Will Arrive! “I am done with winter!” I’ve heard this statement throughout my community, noticed it in most conversations with members and others that use us for our information resources, and seen it plastered across news and social media. Yet, I’m reminded that we have only had six weeks of it. While short, it […]

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Jan
17

Casting Residential Foundation Walls in Cold Weather

By James R Baty II, F.ACI, Executive Director During a recent CFA event, conversation took place regarding the research significance undertaken by the Association at the start of this new millennium – research that was, in most respects, the first of its kind. What plagued the industry at that time was scrutiny that concrete placed […]

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Jan
16

What Causes Concrete Build-up on Forms

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series By Destry Kenning, Forming Market Segment Manager, Nox-Crete Products Group Just about all concrete-forming contractors will tell you that one of the challenges they face on job sites is keeping their forms clean, or, more specifically, preventing concrete buildup on the working faces of their forms. Theoretically, if you […]

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Jan
16

Letter From the Director

Thoughts From My Desk… “You are simply not going to believe it.” This is the phrase I have been using regularly as I talk with many of you reading this magazine, whether you are a CFA member, or one of the many companies across this great country to whom I have the privilege of casting […]

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Jan
16

Letter from the President

Hello CFA Contractor and Associate Members! With the close of 2018 almost here, I view this as the perfect time to offer some thoughts regarding our businesses and our association. It seems that each year brings new challenges and that running our businesses takes more of our time and energy. Even in a good economy, […]

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Sep
6

Stephens & Smith Construction Company Revives Student-Learner Program

FEATURE ARTICLE: Stephens & Smith Construction Company Revives Student-Learner Program By Jereme Montgomery, Business Development   Many of you reading this article will testify that the skill gap is real. There is a shortage of skilled craftsmen in the construction industry, and it has continued (and will continue) to effect quantity and quality of structures built […]

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Jan
29

Greetings to a New Year, Members and Associates!

Welcome to fresh beginnings and my sincere hope, all of you enjoyed the holidays and your families! World of Concrete 2020 is quickly upon us and with it, a special time to not only start a new year but also a decade. Times, technology, ways of conducting business, workforces and equipment are changing ever faster. […]

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Jan
22

For Sale: 2018 Cifa 38-Meter Concrete Boom Pump

CFA member is looking to move this late-model, high-horsepower, auto-trans conventional truck and pump in close to new condition. The truck is located in the Eastern, US. Vehicle Specifications:Year: 2018Make: KenworthModel: 8800Mileage: 23,752Eng. Hrs: 2,127Engine/HP: Cummins 451HPTransmission: Allison Automatic Pump Specifications:Year: 2018Make: CIFAModel: 1608-HP-K08-ECHours: 364Boom: Z-Fold The asking price for this pump is currently $360,000 […]

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Nov
5

Two Concepts Concrete Contractors Must Know

As concrete contractors, we have to know and understand a lot of things, and it can be challenging to stay focused on the things that move our company forward. Here are two concepts that can help contractors be more profitable and make better business decisions. 1. Lifetime Customer Value The value of customers is determined […]

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Nov
5

IN MEMORY OF WARREN MCPHERSON

McPherson, JR., Warren Edward 4/10/1948 – 8/13/2019 Hartland, MI Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Desmond) for nearly 48 years. Loving son of Mary McPherson Fitzwater (Lloyd) and the late Warren E. McPherson, Sr. Loving father of Amy Christine and Melissa Anne (Jeffery). Adoring grandfather of Abigail Margaret, Cameron Edward, Emeline Mae and William Edward. Loving […]

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Nov
5

NOX-CRETE NAMES NEW COMPANY PRESIDENT

Lori Reid has been named President of Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., an Omaha-based concrete chemicals company founded in 1956. Reid facilitates Nox-Crete’s goals to innovate new products, grow ESOP program Omaha, Neb., June 18, 2019 – Lori Reid has been named President of Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., a promotion that comes three years after she […]

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Nov
5

CFA’S 2019 PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Professional recognition is not often sought or targeted, but rather is earned through passion, persistence and unselfishness. Awards of recognition given by organizations like the Concrete Foundations Association honor these values as well as creativity, commitment and perseverance. Standing before your peers, having biographical information read on your behalf, as well as descriptions of the […]

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Nov
5

For Sale: COPMA Crane/Kenworth Truck

Irving Equipment provides A-rated service for COPMA cranes throughout the industry. If you are in the market for a used articulating truck crane for your form delivery, consider this offer for a COPMA-mounted Kenworth T800: 2017 Copma 450-4-J4 45-ton crane knuckle boom crane 2,250 lbs at 70′-8″ reach, Excellent Shape (4) Hydraulic extensions on main boom, […]

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Nov
1

NEW LEADERS START THEIR SERVICE – CFA’S 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS SELECTEES

The process has finally been completed for starting the 2019-20 fiscal year. As the many members of this Association realized through the many notices, an extended period of nominations and encouragement for participation was offered by the board’s president, Phillip Marone, this year. “I wanted to take an extra moment to encourage our members to […]

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Nov
1

Letter From the Director

New Year, Mid-Year—We Keep On Keeping On Every once in a while, it strikes me that I start talking about the new year while in the midst of the current year. Yet, in our everyday lives, autumn ushers in so much newness. In fact, one could really argue that the truest sense of the term […]

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Nov
1

Job Posting: CONCRETE PUMP & CRANE SALES OPPORTUNITY

Are you tired of slaying the gray all day and want something cleaner with better pay? If you have some experience in the concrete industry we may want you to help us. We are looking for help in both concrete pump sales and crane sales. Both of these jobs will include on the job training […]

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Nov
1

It Is About To Get Cold Out There

Dear CFA Members, Fall is upon us and for a large percentage of us that means we need to turn our attention to cold weather methods. Seems like only a week ago it was summer. “Best methods” are one of the many reasons to be a member of our association!  In this case I am […]

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Sep
9

CFA Members Nominated for Board of Directors

During preparation for Convention this year, it was communicated multiple times regarding seats opening up on the CFA Board of Directors for 2019 – 2022 terms.  A total of five seats became available this year.   Departing the Board this year were individuals serving a broad range from one term to a whopping six terms. […]

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