• 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

Jun
19

Tricks of the Trade – “Winter Scaffold Brackets”

This issue’s Tricks of the Trade is shared by a CFA board member in the spirit of continuing to share great ideas and to challenge you, the reader, to consider the ways you overcome annoying details and situations to be more effective and economical in your work. If you are from an active CFA member […]

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Jun
19

Aerial Photography Technology, Old and New

By: Mitch Bloomquist and James Baty | Concrete Foundations Association Drones continue to be a very hot topic these days. Whether you attend World of Concrete, pay attention to the news media or pay attention to the photos posted throughout social media, the age of drones is here. The news offers a wide variety of […]

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Jun
19

Increase Profits by Creating Systems in Your Company

Let me ask you a personal question. When you wake up in the morning and you get ready for work, do you always do things in the same order? Here’s what I mean: When I wake up on a weekday, I do the same tasks in the same order, every time. I first grab my […]

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Jun
19

Dealing With the Reactivity of Aluminum Forms and Concrete

By Destry Kenning, Forming Market Segment Manager, Nox-Crete Products Group   Part 1 of a 4-Part Series Anyone who has placed concrete against new or older reconditioned and not properly seasoned aluminum forms is most likely familiar with the veins or worm-like trails that form in the resulting concrete, and also familiar with the excessive […]

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Jun
19

Letter from the Director – It’s Convention Time!

IT’S CONVENTION TIME! The flurry of emails, the flashy new mailer, the social media blitz and even the new App signal that it is Convention time. In actuality, it is never not Convention time around this office. Convention is what we think about all year long. We begin planning next year’s event even before we […]

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Jun
19

Letter from the President: Times, They Are A Changin’

I have attended meeting after meeting over the last few years and the two things I hear most often are: How different all of our markets are How much effort employers spend making their office more efficient Everyone’s market, no the matter location, is essentially the same. The real difference lies in the portion of […]

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Oct
23

Custom Concrete Expands Regionally with New Addition

The Central Indiana-based company has acquired Triple Q Foundations out of the Greater Cincinnati area   WESTFIELD, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2018) — Custom Concrete, central Indiana’s quality concrete contractor, today announced it has acquired Triple Q Foundations, based in Lebanon, Ohio. The acquisition was finalized on Oct. 1, 2018.  The addition of Triple Q Foundations […]

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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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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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Aug
17

WANTED: Independent Sales Reps (National & International)

Seeking experienced, veteran Independent Sales Reps with concrete coatings knowledge.  Applicant must have excellent customer service and follow up skills. Professional Products Direct is a company developed with both the professional contractor and DIY customer in mind, selling only through qualified distribution channels. Professional Products Direct has gathered together some of the top talent in […]

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Aug
10

For Sale: Spraytech Waterproofing Unit

A former CFA member is liquidating their remaining equipment and offers for sale the following:     Spraytech 5-250 Waterproofing Unit located in Cedar Rapids, IA Model: 5-250 SN#: 96007-S 1996 Model 250 gallon spec tank 4-HP Honda Powered Graco GM 3012 1:1 Lower Pump Includes: Air-powered transfer pump, extra parts (i.e. gun, gun parts, […]

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Jul
3

For Sale: Form Baskets

A CFA member has just notified us that they have thirteen (13) form baskets for sale.  They are looking for someone to make them an offer. Baskets are used but in good condition and have color coding for sizes or other organizational system.   Baskets are located in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.  For more information or […]

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Jul
2

Obituary: Kristine Martinson (Dave Martinson)

It is with deep sympathy and sadness that we provide this obituary for the wife of Dave Martinson of Martinson Construction, Waterloo, Iowa.  Kristine was present at many CFA events including the Concrete Foundations Convention year after year, often with their kids along for the fun.   Kristine J. Martinson, 52, of Cedar Falls, died […]

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