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February 25, 2016 

2016 ICON-Xchange B2B offers networking opportunities 
Producers and suppliers of the the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry are participating in the 2016 ICON-Xchange B2B, February 24-25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. The B2B participants are engaging in 25-minute targeted meetings and networking opportunities. Participants learned social media strategies from Gina Schreck of SocialKNX at the Kickoff breakfast and are using #ICONXB2B to tweet their experience. See some of the meetings highlights here. Thanks to all of our B2B Sponsors and Integrated Tabletop Marketplace exhibitors.

L.A. files $20-million lawsuit against Da Vinci Apartments developer over huge downtown fire
The Los Angeles city attorney has filed a $20-million lawsuit against the developer of the downtown Da Vinci Apartments project, claiming its negligence was responsible for the damage caused by a massive 2014 fire at the project construction site. The Dec. 8 fire destroyed the 75,000-square foot, seven-story complex alongside the 110 Freeway. The blaze forced the closure of the freeway and the intense heat cracked at least 160 windows at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Read more.

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Jan. starts up 2% as construction is 'gradually regaining upward momentum'
Construction Dive
According to Dodge Data & Analytics, January's monthly construction starts increased 2% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $607.9 billion, with all gains attributed to the residential sector.  Read more

Manufacturing Economic News:  Manufacturing Output
National Association of Manufacturers 
Manufacturing production rose 0.5 p2ercent in January, rebounding from softness in the second half of 2015 and providing a little encouragement at the start of 2016. Manufacturing activity remains softer than desired, particularly given difficulties in growing export demand and with falling commodity prices. Across the past year, manufacturing output has increased 1.2 percent, representing some progress from the 0.5 percent pace in the prior report. Yet, production has slowed considerably since January 2015, when the year-over-year rate was a more robust 4.3 percent. At the same time, total industrial production jumped 0.9 percent in January, reversing three consecutive months of declines.  Read more.

SRW producer Nicolock Paving joins NCMA 
NCMA welcomes Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls as a producer member. For more than 50 years, U.S.-owned and -operated Nicolock has been an industry leader in the production and supply of hardscape products including interlocking paving stones, architectural paving slabs and retaining wall systems. Learn more about Nicolock at

Headwaters Incorporated acquires CalStar Technology 
Utah Business
Headwaters Incorporated, a building products company dedicated to improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials, today announced it has recently acquired the technology to manufacture a wide variety of concrete products without the use of portland cement. The technology uses 100 percent fly ash as the cementitious binder.Read more.

CarbonCure is Named in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 
CarbonCure Technologies, a company that recycles CO2 in concrete, was named in the prestigious 2015 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporates to sustainable innovation through its i3 Connect platform and global events. Read more.*

CarbonCure’s CEO Rob Niven received the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 Company Award in San Francisco, California.

Featured Plants and Virtual Tours today at 2016 ICON-Xchange 
Don't miss the ever-popular Virtual Plant Tour taking place today at 4:00 – 6:00 pm during the 2016 ICON-Xchange at the Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL. This year’s Virtual Tour features four concrete masonry and paver production facilities including the Pfenning, a Rekers plant located in Lamportsheim, Germany; Phoenix Paver in Phoenix, AZ; Revels Brick & Block in Houston, TX; and the R.I. Lampus Company in Springdale, PA. Come join us, enjoy a beer or glass of wine and some refreshments and don’t miss out on the prize drawings, a new feature this year for producers attending the tour. You must be present to win.

Prizes include:

Solution Center Spotlight:  FAQ 16-14D, Type I/Type II designations

What happened to the Type I/Type II designations in ASTM C90?

They were removed in 2000. For more in NCMA FAQ 16-14, What happened to the Type I/Type II unit designation in ASTM C90?.

Visit the NCMA Solutions Center to have all your manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape product questions answered.




February 2016 

26 - 28
NCMA Annual Convention
Orlando, Florida/Shingle Creek Resort

March 2016

2 –3
Residential Building Design and Construction Conference
State College, PA/Penn State University

3 –5
NPCA The Precast Show
Nashville, TN/Gaylord Opryland Hotel

14 –15
PCA Spring Meeting
Chicago, IL


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