Masonry Education Day in North Carolina

Masonry education day in North Carolina
Fastest Trowel People
Over 400 high school masonry vocational students from across North Carolina attended the Masonry Education Day hosted by the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association and the North Carolina Mason Contractors Association. Attendees saw demonstrations covering a wide variety of masonry trade topics, including equipment operation and masonry tools, as well as new technologies such as drones. The event was held in conjunction with the North Carolina Fastest Trowel on the Block competition.

Winners named for 2017 Hardscape North America awards 

HNA Awards 2017 Main Story
The 2017 HNA Awards recognize residential and commercial construction with combinations of hardscape products and concrete blocks. Sixteen hardscape projects were selected to receive 2017 HNA Awards for design and construction. See all the winners here.

Cornell students participate in masonry wall test project
Cornell Student
This week, students at Cornell University competed in an annual competition for construction and testing of masonry walls. Teams of students construct a scale walls of masonry units, then test those wall until failure. The project, conducted for over 20 years by Professor Ken Hover, gives students familiarity with masonry materials and construction, as well as an appreciation for the skills needed for construction and craftsmanship. 

Deadline for recertifying SRW Installer credentials is approaching 
SRW Install
If you are one of our valued Certified SRW Installers (CSRWI) with a certification about to expire, please don’t let it lapse. Recertify now. Your credential demonstrates your commitment to the industry and separates you from your competition. The recertification requirements and forms are here. Please return them with a form of payment, and documentation that you have completed your recertification requirements before the end of the year. 


Living in stone
Concrete Masonry Designs
CMD Living in Stone
The owners of this new home along lake Tapps, in Bonney Lake, WA, had a demanding program for Architect Mat Bergman. They wanted a home where they could really live inside and outside most of the year, despite the Seattle-area weather. They wanted the home to be contemporary design, to acknowledge the regional styles and to be rendered in the color palettes and textures of the local natural environment. As the owner of a masonry company, the homeowners also wanted to use masonry, but they wanted it to look like stone. Read more.


U.S. economy is seeing a '180-Degree' turnaround
The Street
NYC Stock Exchange
U.S. investors are now expressing a lot more optimism about the economy. The new Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell will have momentum to build on this current positive economic environment. The Dow and S&P 500 are now soaring to new record highs in recent months. Read more.

U.S. unemployment drops to lowest in 17 years
CNN Money 
US unemployment
In October, the economy rebounded from the hurricanes and added 261,000 jobs which is the best performance yet for the Trump administration. Unemployment inched its way down to 4.1%, the lowest since December 2000. The Federal Reserve has indicated that the economy is reaching “full employment” however this number does not include those who have stopped looking for a job and dropped out of the labor force. Read more.


Five questions with Constance Cincotta, Glenwood Masonry Products
Featured Member Connie C
Constance Cincotta
Title: President
Company: Glenwood Masonry Products
City/town where you work: Brooklyn, New York

How did you get into the industry?: My family has been making block and selling masonry materials since 1922. It's seems to be in our DNA. As long as I can remember, this is what I have wanted to do.

What is your favorite part of your job?: Ah, that's an easy one. Without a doubt, the people I work with.

What is the best advice you ever got (work or personal)?: Hmm, that's difficult - I've been given so much good advice. I suppose it would be, “If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” 

What do you do when you are not at work?: I love to travel, go to the theatre, watch classic films, and attend auctions.

Favorite Movie: That's a tough one to answer - I have too many favorites to name just one. I can say, however, that I think the best film ever made is "Casablanca."

Nick Lang promoted to NCMA Vice President of Business Development
Nick Lang Promotion
The Board of Directors has promoted Nick Lang to NCMA’s Vice President of Business Development. In this role Nick will lead the association’s activities for communication, education, membership recruitment and retention and implementation of various programs and initiatives. Nick has been with NCMA over 11 years, and has previously worked in NCMA’s Engineering Department and managed the Research and Development Laboratory.

Besser loads 2018 Blockmakers Workshop Series
Besser Logo

Besser has scheduled 11 Blockmakers Workshop sessions across 2018, including a new course on Servo Vibration/Main Drive technology; Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology, which debuted this year; and a new Executive Session course, which is a condensed version of the primary courses, catered towards senior management. Read more.

CM Affiliate member Eagle Engineering
Eagle Companies
Welcome new CM Affiliate member Eagle Engineering!

NOW is the time to register for the ICON EXPO 2018: Machinery & Equipment Show and NCMA Annual Convention. Click here

Vice President of Industry Advancement Jason Thompson is in Little Rock, AR for a meeting with the Structural Engineers Association of Arkansas 11/15 - 11/17.


What is outdoor-indoor transmission class?
spirit cruise
Outdoor-indoor transmission class (OITC) is a measure of the ability of a wall to insulate/dampen outdoor noise. CMU walls perform very well in blocking outdoor noises from the interior and play a vital role in providing a pleasant acoustic environment. For more information on OITC of concrete masonry walls see TEK 13-4A Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class of Concrete Masonry Walls.


ICON EXPO 2018: Knowledge Garden educates attendees
Knowledge Bar
ICON EXPO will host 30-minute lightning talks about industry trends and hot topics directly affecting the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry. All talks will take place during ICON EXPO show hours on the show floor Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scheduled topics include:

· Crystalline Regulation & Compliance
· OSHA Safety Regulations
· SRW Best Practices – Unit Requirements
· Concrete Masonry Plant Certification
· 2015 IBC & Making Masonry More Competitive
· Job Hazard Analysis
· Improving Freeze-thaw Durability of Concrete Products 
· NCMA Freeze -thaw Durability Research: Wet-Cast vs Dry-Cast Speakers for each topic feature an industry expert. Speakers for each topic feature an industry expert. Get a complete schedule of topics and descriptions here. Visit to see all the exciting events taking place at ICON EXPO 2018

Dagostino Block Plant scheduled for Featured Plant Tour
DPP Plant
The always-popular Featured Plant & Virtual Tour scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:30 - 9:30 AM during ICON EXPO will include a visit to Dagostino Building Blocks, Inc., in Schenectady, New York, presented by Besser Company Since 1922, Dagostino has been producing concrete masonry units in upstate New York. In the summer of 2017, the company updated the plant with a state-of- the-art Servopac Select® to increase their productivity and production flexibility. Refreshments will be served before and during the tour and there will also be prize drawings for producers in attendance. Besser is providing a $500 Gift Card to Allen Bros. America’s Purveyors of the Finest Meats as a prize. Must be present to win. This is only one of the stops during the tour at ICON EXPO 2018, click here to see more.

SRW Installer certification at World of Concrete
For the first time, NCMA will be offering Segmental Retaining Wall Basic Installer certification at World of Concrete! This one day course will be offered on Thursday, January 25 in Las Vegas. Take this opportunity to get certified now. The credential earned by participants demonstrates the the knowledge and experience for successful SRW installations. Consumers and industry partners look for this certification when choosing a SRW installer. You can find more information on this course at World of Concrete here.

ICON EXPO 2018: Are you on the exhibitor list? 
NCMA Registration Imgage
Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your company’s products and services, participate in live demonstrations and network at ICON EXPO 2018, February 9-10, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Meet with buyers looking for manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products, services and equipment. For more information, click here.

Last chance to register to the ICPI-NCMA Commercial Sales Course
SRW Class
The NCMA and ICPI course to help prepare sales representatives who sell hardscape products to the commercial market will take place in Chicago IL, Dec 11-13, 2017. Interested people are encouraged to register immediately as the cutoff date is approaching. Read more about the content and registration here.


Pathfinder Machine
Lehigh White Cement ad
Hohmann & Barnard Only Solution Ad
2018 Annual Convention
SRW Best Practices Download ad
House Ad 2