Concrete & Masonry News January 2021


January 2021

MC&MCA'S Annual Meeting Date is Set!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 26th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm via Zoom.  This year's meeting might seem a little different, since you will be sitting in front of your computer screen, but we have some important business to conduct. Your Board has been busy and we need your approval on some bylaw updates, our 2021 Budget and the election of your 2021 Board. We are still in need of Contractor members willing to run for the Board. We look forward to seeing all of you for this important meeting. 

MC&MCA Has Three Trustee Openings 

You may already know that MC&MCA has appointing authority for a number of employer trustee positions on union benefit funds.  Due to recent changes, there are presently three openings for MC&MCA trustees:  The Laborers Health and Welfare, the Laborers Pension, and the Cement Masons Pension.

The Board of Trustees oversees the operations of the pension or health fund, making decisions on subjects ranging from plan investments to benefit design.  Trustees make these decisions with the support of their follow trustees and professional advisors.  John Nesse or Martha Henrickson sit as a professional trustee on each of the MC&MCA benefit plans.  In addition, each plan has professional consultants who advise the trustees on their decisions.  Ideally, trustees are owners or senior management level employees of signatory contractors.  In addition to overseeing a critical part of our industry, trusteeship can be an interesting way to build relationships and learn more about how our unionized industry functions.  The time commitment varies, but is most often about 4-8 hours per quarter.

MC&MCA would like to congratulate Steve Hagen of B&D Masonry, who recently retired as a trustee on the Minnesota Laborers Pension Fund.  He served as a trustee on the fund for about thirty years.  Speaking of his time as a trustee, he said, “During my term as a management trustee on the Fund, I was given the opportunity to work with some of the country’s best financial and legal professionals.  This is an opportunity that most people will never have.  I also cherish the ability to assist in providing a pension for a large number of our on-site employees.  As I stated in my resignation letter, my wife and I will always enjoy the friendships we established during this journey.”

If you or someone else in your company is interested in serving as a trustee, please contact Martha Henrickson at (612) 747-5544 or

CIM Midwest School Selection Announced
National Steering Committee of CIM Announces Program Expansion to South Dakota State University
The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program is pleased to announce that South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering will soon offer a degree in CIM.
The announcement comes after a six-month selection process by the NSC and the North Central Region (NCR) patrons for the CIM program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The NSC and the NCR patron groups are combining resources to provide approximately $1.5 million to SDSU over five years to develop the degree program and assist in employing a CIM program director, recruiter, and laboratory manager.
“We are excited to be selected as the university to fill the needs of the concrete industry, not only in South Dakota, but throughout the entire North Central Region," said SDSU President Barry Dunn. "The program supports our mission as a land-grant university of addressing workforce needs in the communities of South Dakota and beyond. These Jackrabbits will become knowledgeable in concrete technology and techniques, capable of managing people and systems, skilled in technical sales and expected to advance to industry leadership positions.”
“We are pleased to welcome SDSU to the family of CIM universities,” said NSC chairman Michael Schneider. “This partnership will be a great asset to the CIM program and concrete industry. We look forward to a long relationship with this exceptional university.”
“The concrete industry recognized the need for the CIM program in the Midwest,” said NCR patrons chairman Thor Becken. “Once the decision was made to develop a CIM program in the region, it took two years of planning and gaining industry member support before a search committee began interviewing various universities about potential interest in offering a CIM degree.”
The CIM program provides graduates with both technical knowledge and management expertise to be hired into entry- or middle-level management positions. “The goal of CIM is to develop the future leaders of the concrete industry,” said Becken. “This is important because our industry, like many, is aging, Higher-level managers are starting to retire and we’re looking for the next generation of leaders to lead the concrete industry.”

Save the Dates!

January 26th, 2021 MC&MCA Annual Meeting
February 2-4, 2021 NCMA Annual Convention Virtual
June 8-10, 2021 World of Concrete
Las Vegas Convention Center

June 16th, 2021 MC&MCA Golf at Keller GC
September 15th, 2021 IMI/MC&MCA Masonry Wednesday Webinar
November 17th, 2021 IMI/MC&MCA Masonry Wednesday Webinar


For detailed information on these events, check out the MC&MCA website.
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