• Taking Control of Your Post-Injury Healthcare

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    by Levi Schrock, Custom Concrete Though COVID-19 has slowed customer traffic for many companies across America, most construction businesses and medical facilities are as busy as ever. For these construction companies, employees will always face some level of physical risk when on the job — and being pushed to extra fast-paced production usually results in […]

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  • Making Offices and Construction Sites Safer From the COVID-19 Virus

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    by Joseph Nasvik Epluribus unum—out of many, one. This is the Latin motto the United States adopted in 1776 to signify the joining of states to form one national government. At the time, it was a difficult concept for people to accept because it meant that states and individuals would have to give up some […]

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  • 2020 PROJECTS OF THE YEAR

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    A Crop of Excellence During a Time of Pandemic Each year, the Concrete Foundations Association offers to its members a chance to tout their accomplishments and reward their teams for jobs well done through the annual “Projects of the Year” awards. In addition to recognizing noteworthy projects, these awards expose people to the breadth of […]

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  • Chapin Concrete Anchors the Return of Certified Foundation Companies to South Carolina

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Some of the concrete foundations constructed in the state of South Carolina will once again be produced by the state’s only CFA-certified foundation company, Chapin Concrete Contractors Inc., a company based out of Chapin, South Carolina. “Certified Residential Foundation Company” is a program rating that offers third-party quality assurance for professional concrete foundation companies. This […]

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  • Learning From Leading: Convention 2020 Wrapped Up

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Each year, the Concrete Foundations Convention brings together concrete contractors, designers, and suppliers from across the country for three days of education, networking, awards, technology, and much, more! Although the global pandemic prevented gathering in-person in a normal fashion, that did not stop the Concrete Foundations Association from hosting a virtual event unlike any other. […]

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Magazine Issues

Sep
6

Get More Workers: How to Use an Employee Referral Program to Bring in More People

By Doug Herbert   How much does it cost a contractor to hire one employee? According to my concrete contractor buddies, Sean Smith from Cleveland, Ohio and Jason Ells from Indianapolis, Indiana, the amount is at least $1,000 per new employee. Based on my experience and calculations, that number is spot on. Here are just […]

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Sep
6

Maintaining “Alternative Fall Protection Plans” Under OSHA Regulations

Adequate Fall Protection in Residential Concrete Foundation Pouring: Maintaining “Alternative Fall Protection Plans” Under OSHA Regulations By Michael G. Latiff and Mark W. Steiner   On May 1, 2017, the secretary of labor for the Northeast District of Ohio issued what can be fairly characterized as an unprecedented serious citation to a residential concrete foundation […]

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Sep
6

Projects of the Year: Customer Challenges Deliver Award-Winning Results

CFA PROJECTS OF THE YEAR 2018: Customer Challenges Deliver Award-Winning Results   This article features the Concrete Foundation Association’s Projects of the Year, the expanding industry recognition program that features high-quality concrete work that is all too soon, never seen again. Projects are submitted by member organizations in a variety of project categories and are […]

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Sep
6

Matching Form Release Agents to Application Methods: Part II

TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT: Matching Form Release Agents to Application Methods Part 2 of a 4-Part Series By Destry Kenning, Forming Market Segment Manager, Nox-Crete Products Group   Formwork requires a considerable investment, but even the best forms cannot produce the best results unless they are paired with the proper form release agent. To prevent the adhesion […]

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Sep
6

Letter from the Director: Thoughts from my Desk…

Thoughts From My Desk… Throughout the 26th volume of Concrete Facts magazine, I will be sharing insights from the many interactions I have with members, non-member companies and the general public. My goals are first, to show you how the challenges faced are universal throughout North America, and second, to use these interactions to help […]

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Sep
6

Letter from the President: Greetings from the new Pres!

Greetings, CFA Members and readers of Concrete Facts! I would like to introduce myself to all of you who may not know me. I am Phillip Marone, President of Marone Contractors and affiliated companies. I am honored to have been selected by our Board too represent all of you as the next association President. Our […]

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Apr
1

Mark Lentzkow Becomes Content and Brand Manager for the Concrete Foundations Association

Mount Vernon, Iowa— The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), the voice and recognized authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, is managed by the firm Sauter, Baty & Bloomquist, Inc. (SB2). SB2 was established by the former executive director for the CFA, Ed Sauter, along with his partner, James Baty, the current executive director. SB2 has added […]

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Apr
1

How to Remove Concrete Buildup

By Destry Kenning, Forming Market Segment Manager, Nox-Crete Products Group We have reached the end of this series, and this final article is timely, as this time of year many contractors are burdened with hardened concrete buildup on their forms. The hardened concrete makes forms heavier and can lead to more buildup. Stripping the forms […]

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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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Feb
12

MARK LENTZKOW BECOMES CONTENT AND BRAND MANAGER FOR THE CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION

Mount Vernon, Iowa— The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), the voice and recognized authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, is managed by the firm Sauter, Baty & Bloomquist, Inc. (SB2).  Established by former Executive Director for the CFA, Ed Sauter along with partner James Baty, current Executive Director, SB2 has added Mark Lentzkow to their staff to serve […]

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Jan
17

Responding to an OSHA Inspection (Part 1)

By Mark A. Lies II & Elizabeth Leifel Ash   Editor’s note: This is the first part of a multiple-part series offering advice on interactions with an increasing level of OSHA inspection activity. Perhaps the number-one inquiry received right now at CFA headquarters is for advice on how to handle these inspections and, at times, the […]

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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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Dec
15

CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW AFFINITY MEMBER BENEFIT PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information contact: Lindsey Bloomquist Manager of Communications and Networking Concrete Foundations Association Telephone: (319) 895-6940 E-mail: lbloomquist@cfawalls.org   CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW AFFINITY MEMBER BENEFIT PROGRAM Mount Vernon, IA November 30, 2018 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, […]

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Nov
30

Concrete Foundations Association Announces New Member Benefit – Savings4Members

CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER BENEFIT SAVINGS4MEMBERS   Mount Vernon, IA November 30, 2018 – The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) – the recognized voice and authority for the cast-in-place concrete industry, has entered into a relationship with Business AdvantEdge, Inc., to begin saving member organizations thousands of dollars annually simply by maintaining an active […]

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Oct
24

For Sale: BEP Gang-“like” Aluminum Forms

CFA member from Iowa is looking to reduce form inventory by selling a set of vertex brick textured “big” aluminum panel forms.  These forms are 9-ft tall and have an inventory including: 8 – 6 ft (w) x 9 ft (h) [72″ x 108″] 8 – 9 ft (w) x 9 ft (h)  [108″ x […]

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