NCMA Newsletter November 10, 2016

With Trump as president, what's next for the construction industry?

The election of Donald Trump, combined with Republican control of both the House and the Senate, may have an important impact on issues relevant to NCMA. It is now more likely that Capitol Hill and the White House may collaborate to curtail enforcement of the respirable silica regulation.
  • Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure plan during the campaign that could spur construction.
  • Trump promised tax and trade reform to encourage domestic manufacturing. 
  • He advocated reigning-in regulations that inhibit economic growth.
  • He railed against environmental, global warming/CO2 and energy policies that blunt economic growth. 

Meanwhile, as the new 115th Congress begins to form, the waning days of the current 114th Congress will seek to pass the Perkins worker training reauthorization, the Water Resources Development Act, and most importantly a major government funding measure, which must be completed by December 9. NCMA has Transportation (SRW, ACB and sound wall) language under consideration for the final funding mechanism. 

Read more from Construction Dive about what the Trump presidency may look like for the construction industry. . 

American Concrete Institute publishes "Guide to Code"
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently announced the availability of their newest publication for concrete industry professionals - Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Buildings. The publication was created jointly with both ACI and the International Concrete Repair Institute. The scope for the guide is to provide assistance and examples to professionals engaged in the repair of concrete buildings. For more information on this new publication, click here.  


It was all about location, location, location 
Concrete Masonry Designs
Segmental retaining walls (SRWs) were used to develop an area of land that many deemed unusable in Merriam, Kansas. In order to create the perfect retail location, the developers were able to construct an enormous plateau using a geogrid-reinforced segmental retaining wall system that reached heights of up to 44 feet (13.4 m).. See how the engineered wall helped create Merriam Village. Read more


Allan Block recognizes exceptional partners
Allan Block Company 
Recognizing the importance of exceptional partners, Allan Block recently started a Wall of Fame to acknowledge the owners, managers, sales associates, marketers, plant managers and the list goes on, who have been instrumental in driving the SRW industry forward. According to Allan Block President Tim Bott, “These partners have exceeded expectations by having led by example to develop the SRW industry and/or brought extreme value by safely producing high quality products year after year for our company and the industry.” Congratulations to the founding class for the AB Wall of Fame. Read more.


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Construction stocks surge on Trump's promised infrastructure program 
Although the country is deeply divided about the election's outcome, analysts and investors are most likely gung-ho on the prospects of a quick and smooth infrastructure bill process. Industry experts have long cried out for a comprehensive program to fix crumbling roads and bridges, as well as spending for new projects and massive modernization. Read more.

ISM manufacturing purchasing managers’ index
National Association of Manufacturesrs
There were some encouraging signs of stabilization in the manufacturing economy last week, even as growth remains subpar due to global headwinds and economic anxieties. For instance, the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index continued to expand modestly in October, sustaining the rebound in September. The composite index edged up from 51.5 in September to 51.9 in October, growing for the second straight month. Read more.

NCMA President Robert Thomas is attending the  Northwest Concrete Masonry Association Meeting in Seattle, WA, November 8-11. NCMA Geotechnical Engineer Gabriela Mariscal is facilitating the Commercial Sales Course in Dallas, TX, November 9-11, 2016, Gabriela will also be attending the Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology Meeting in Mclean, VA, November 16-17. Robert Thomas, Director of Research and Development Nick Lang,  Director of Meetings and Conventions Debbie Morris, and Member Services Clare Ramminger are attending the Strategic Planning and Executive Committee Meetings in Austin TX, November 16-17. Vice President of Engineering Jason Thompson is attending the 2016 Masonry Institute of St. Louis Seminar in St. Louis, MO, November 15-16.

Virtual Plant Tour features Columbia Machine 
During the 2017 ICON-Xchange Virtual Plant tour, attendees will virtually visit Jadar, SP. z.o.o. presented by Columbia Machine.The Jadar plant is located in Radom, Poland, and is a fully automated plant featuring advanced mixing and batching technology, a big board production machine (Techmatik SHP5000C), facemix color system, product curing and clamp cubing equipment. It produces high quality products including pavers, slabs, curbstones and more. The Featured Plant and Virtual Tour will take place February 18-19, 2017 at 4pm, during ICON-Xchange at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ . The Virtual Tour will include virtual tours of several different plants located across the United States and Europe. 

ICON–Xchange and NCMA Annual Convention- Room Reservation
It’s time to begin making your travel plans to attend ICON-Xchange 2017 and the NCMA Annual Convention, February 18 –22 being held at the Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the official hotel, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. The ICON-Xchange group rate is $209 plus a $20resort fee. Reserving rooms early is recommended, reservations can be made by calling 1 877-800-4888 or 1 602 438-9000. The cutoff date for the group rate is January 22, 2017. For more information about the resort click here.

NCMA announces 2017 Annual Convention and committee schedule

NCMA has released its NCMA Annual Convention and committee schedule for the upcoming convention being held in conjunction with ICON-Xchange 2017, February 18-19 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s program offers all members and their staff unparalleled networking opportunities.

ICON-Xchange and NCMA Annual Convention highlights include:
• By popular demand – increased B2B Exchange hours for participating producers and host associates over two days
• Virtual Plant Tours with prizes and refreshments sponsored by Besser Company, Columbia Machine, Rekers (NA), Inc. and Pathfinder Systems
• More networking during the ICON-Xchange Reception 
• NCMA Product Development and Creative Concepts (PDCC) Forum introducing new product ideas to the industry
• Joint NCMA/ICPI Member Networking Reception
• NCMA PAC Reception -- Your Capitol Hill Connection
• NCMA Business Luncheon featuring Awards and a State of the Association Address
• Family Business/Small Business Forum – important information exchange among NCMA members
• Important NCMA committee meetings discussing the association’s new and on-going programs
• NCMA Spouse/Companion events 
• Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Annual Meeting

Please visit the ICON-Xchange website for more information on ICON-Xchange, the NCMA Annual Convention, housing information and registration.


NCMA welcomes new member GroundTec Inc 
Please welcome new SRW Contractor member GroundTec Inc. For more information please visit

Difference between cinder block and concrete block

What is the difference between a “cinder block” and a “concrete block”? Nothing! The difference in nomenclature is simply due to the material (cinder) predominantly used in the blocks being manufactured at the time. To learn more about this history of block, see NCMA FAQ 20-14.

The NCMA Solutions Centers contains 1000s of answers to design and construction challenges using manufactured concrete masonry and related products. 


November 2016

9 – 11
ICPI and NCMA Commercial Sales Course
Dallas, TX/Home2 Suites by Hilton

13 – 15
Portland Cement Association - Annual Summit
Palm Beach, FL/The Breakers Hotel

Masonry Institute of Tennessee - Wood You? Demand Concrete Block Seminar
Chattanooga, TN/Development & Resource Center

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