NCMA Now Accepting Safety Award Entries

UCLA researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete 
UCLA Newsroon 
Imagine a world with little or no concrete. Would that even be possible? After all, concrete is everywhere — on our roads, our driveways, in our homes, bridges and buildings. For the past 200 years, it’s been the very foundation of much of our planet. Read more.

Firefighters and housing advocates testify in favor of MD House bill 
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 
Supporters of legislation that would significantly improve the safety of multi-unit residential housing structures testified February 8, 2016, on behalf of House Bill 1472. The bill would restrict the use of lightweight combustible building materials in the construction of multi-family residences in areas of high population density. Read more.

Structural Engineering Design
Smart Dynamics of Masonry 
Breckenridge Place in Ithaca, NY, is a six-story loadbearing masonry multi-family residence with parking and community space at ground level. Learn why CMU structure was chosen for its cost savings, in addition to providing the structure, shear wall strength for seismic requirements, sound isolation, thermal performance and fire safe properties at no extra charge! Read more.

2015 NCMA/ICPI Safety Award entries due April 15, 2016 
The 2015 NCMA/ICPI Safety Awards Program recognizes safety-conscious NCMA and ICPI producer and associate members. The program has an easy-to- complete online submission process and there is NO fee to enter. Fees will only be assessed if you wish to receive Award Plaque(s) for eligible facilities. The 2015 Awards cover the reporting period January 1- December 31, 2015. Click here for program guidelines and click here for the submission form. If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Miranda Knippleat NCMA.

Expected growth of manufacturing activity
National Association of Manufacturers
Even with somewhat better data recently, manufacturers continue to face headwinds, including a strong U.S. dollar, reduced commodity prices and global economic volatility. The latest NAM quarterly survey echoes these concerns. In this survey, 56.6 percent of manufacturers were either somewhat or very positive about their own company’s outlook, representing the fifth consecutive easing in sentiment, down from 91.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. The current figure was the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2012, when manufacturers were worried about the fiscal cliff. Read more.

Construction employment rises in 44 states
The Associated General Contractors of America 
Forty-four states  and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between January 2015 and January 2016 while construction employment increased in 30 states and D.C. between December and January, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new employment figures show strong demand for construction except in a number of energy producing states. Read more.

NCMA has sponsorships available
Being a sponsor of an association event is one of the best ways to directly promote your company and product. Take advantage of opportunities to sponsor at our ICON-Xchange, Midyear Meeting or one of our regional meetings. Contact Debbie Morris for more information.

NCMA Vice president of Engineering Jason Thompson and NCMA Director of Research and Development Nick Lang will be attending the University Professors Masonry Workshopmeeting, March 20-22 in San Diego, CA.

Feature Member: Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products, Inc. 
The business started by the young Fizzano boys making concrete block in their backyard with a one-at-a-time hand-operated block machine in 1935. From those humble beginnings, Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products, Inc. has grown into a third generation leading manufacturer and distributor of masonry products throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. Fizzano manufactures architectural and specialty CMU for stadiums, universities, laboratories and hospitals throughout the region. For over 80 years, Fizzano has provided service, quality and peace of mind to customers educating the fourth and fifth generations about the business. Learn more at

Solution Center Spotlight: TEK 19-6A, join sealants for concrete masonry walls  

What joint sealant should I choose for my control joints in concrete masonry construction?

Several options have been used successfully in concrete masonry walls. See NCMA TEK 19-6A for discussion on types of sealant and proper control joint construction.

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




March 2016

20 – 22
The Masonry Society - University Professor’s Masonry Workshop
San Diego, California/University of San Diego /Sheraton La Jolla

Kansas Masonry Industry Council – Annual Meeting
Manhattan, Kansas/Holiday Inn

31 – April 1
Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada - Annual Meeting
Ojai, California/Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


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