Economic Forecast: How Long Will It Last?

Economic Forecast: How Long Will It Last?

U.S. economic performance has been better of late than it has been for at least 13 years. While there has been abundant negativity regarding the propriety of tariffs, trade skirmishes, abandonment of various treaties, shifting immigration policy, and rapidly expanding national debt, there can be little debate regarding whether near-term performance has been solid. It has been. READ MORE


This month we had the opportunity to talk with 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® winner Matt Cash. Matt is a Masonry Supervisor at Huntley Brothers Masonry Company in North Carolina. It was a pleasure talking with him about his views on the workforce development and competitions. READ MORE

Drones may be one of the world’s coolest new inventions. During the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this year, thousands were used to produce a light show the likes of which the world had never seen. Sales are increasing so that in 2018, some 10 million could be sold across the globe, according to DroneDJ.com. READ MORE

The World of Concrete is the biggest event of the year for the masonry industry, and it connects suppliers and contractors in Las Vegas. At the MCAA and MASONRY Publications, the World of Concrete providesus the ability to teach, advocate, and have a little fun. The jam-packed schedule of events for this year’s World of Concrete is sure to keep everyone busy. READ MORE
 
 

The lack of qualified masons and other skilled workers is an exceptionally concerning issue on a national scale, and the consequences of a lack of skilled workers are numerous and troubling. However, a North Carolina organization seeks to remedy this problem by successfully launching a position that essentially focuses on the recruitment, education, and training of new masons in March of this year. READ MORE

One of the most popular events at the World of Concrete is the Fastest Trowel on the Block. You have several teams consisting of one bricklayer and one tender, each building a 30-foot- long 8-inch block wall, as high as they can go, in 20 minutes. Each bricklayer usually lays about 120 blocks. Then they get an extra 4 minutes to strike the joints.  READ MORE
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