May is Building Safety Month

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May is Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month provides education for the public about solutions that improve the safety, sustainability and resiliency of buildings, infrastructure and communities. Now in its 40th year, Building Safety Month unites industries, associations, academia and government under a common goal to protect the public by creating a safe and resilient built environment. This event is presented by the International Code Council. For more information and ways to promote building safety in your community, click here.

NCMA Member Survey

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting businesses and individuals everywhere. NCMA wants to support your company through these difficult times. Please take this short eight-question survey to let us know how you are engaging with NCMA during this time and how the association can continue to provide services and programs you need. Take the survey here.

On-Demand Webinar: Coronavirus impacts on the cement industry

Portland Cement Association's Chief Economist, Ed Sullivan presents a comprehensive and industry-specific look at the influences this pandemic is having on cement industry related businesses. This webinar can be viewed here.

8 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction

In the span of two months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the U.S. construction industry, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes. As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, they will face an industry that has been drastically changed by both public health and economic effects of the pandemic. Read more.

Make plans to attend the 2020 Hardscape North America show

Early bird online registration for Hardscape North America (HNA) is now open. The tradeshow is set for Wednesday - Friday, October 21-23, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Registration fees start at $20 through September 10. Registration allows attendees to build a show schedule around their specific business needs.

HNA offers a full slate of education for hardscape contractors as well as special programming for dealers/distributors. The rates for optional education sessions will be available at

Quarantine activity: Desserts

While all of us trying every possible way to keep the COVID-19 at bay, one cannot deny the fact that a wonderful portion of delicious desserts is the go to solution to beat stress. Check out this list of tasty desserts that you can make at home.


Ultra Drain Mat™ drainage ventilation system

Designed for exterior stone, stucco and brick applications Ultra Drain Mat is an easy-to-install rainscreen system providing drainage and ventilation for a wall system. Ultra Drain Mat keeps moisture from entering through mortar joints or cracks in cladding, creates a channel for moisture drainage and accelerates drying time of exterior cladding.



Did you know...

NCMA has Segmental Retaining Wall brochures [downloadable] to help you understand the terms and components of SRWs for residential applications and to help homeowners select qualified SRW contractors? Check them out here.

Foundation scholarship applications due June 1

The NCMA Foundation offers two scholarships to college students. The John and Marlene Heslip Scholarship is open to full-time students engaged in the pursuit of an architecture undergraduate or graduate degree. The Paul and Helen Lenchuck Scholarship is open to full-time students engaged in the pursuit of an engineering graduate degree. The deadline to apply to either scholarship is June 1, 2020. Find out more information here.

NCMA welcomes Wolftower, LLC

Wolftower, LCC has joined NCMA as an associate member. Since its inception, Wolftower has been supplying the North American concrete, precast and masonry industry with high quality ISO-certified German and Swiss products that focus on serving the concrete industry. These parts can be used in pan and planetary mixers for any manufacturer, strip-, rotary- and specialty brushes, curing solutions and quality control systems. Wolftower personnel prides itself on top quality customer service. Click here to learn more about their products.

NCMA welcomes T&T Landscape and Masonry

T & T Landscape and Masonry, Inc. located in Livermore Maine, has joined NCMA as an SRW Contractor Member. They provide landscape and masonry services to commercial and residential clients. Established in 2005, they specialize in hardscape/masonry installation (walls, patios, walkways, driveways, chimneys, stonework). Find out more here.


Achieve a Better Finish With New BackerBead® With E-Flange™

New BackerBead with E-Flange from ClarkDietrich provides 80% greater embedment with mortar and stucco than standard flat flange profiles, which can reduce chances of cracking and improve the long-term performance of the cladding. A factory-applied backer rod makes caulking easy, reducing labor and material costs. Learn more today.



Why are inspections of masonry projects an important part of quality assurance programs?

Inspection is one means of verifying that the project is constructed as designed using the specified materials. Inspection assures that masonry materials and construction practices comply with the requirements of the contract documents. For more information on concrete masonry inspections. For more information, see TEK 18-03B, “Concrete Masonry Inspection”.

NCMA free webinar CMU Testing 101 May 13

Join us Wednesday, May 13 at 11 AM eastern time for the next in a series of free NCMA webinars. Nick Lang, VP of Business Development will present CMU Testing 101. The webinar will review common tests on concrete masonry, mortar and grout for frequently seen mistakes so you can troubleshoot problem tests on future jobs. Register here. To access previously recorded webinars click here. Note: Webinars in this series do not offer AIA continuing education credits.

NCMA Masonry and SRW Sales Survey now open

NCMA has opened the Masonry and SRW Sales Survey for this year. The survey is intended to track the growth and directional movement of concrete masonry and segmental retaining wall block sales based on the association’s work and initiatives. The deadline to complete the Sales Survey is May 29. The survey can be found at and will provide extremely valuable information about the industry. CMU and SRW producers, as well as SRW licensors, are invited to participate. If you want more information, please contact Gabriela Mariscal.

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