NCMA: Segmental Retaining Wall Units Sales Increase 3% in 2016

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October 19, 2017
Segmental retaining wall units sales increase 3% in 2016
SRW 2017 Sales Survey
Reported sales of segmental retaining wall units increased 3% on average for North America in 2016, according to the NCMA SRW Sales Survey released this week. The survey is based on responses from 39 individual companies including both from both SRW producers and SRW licensors. 'DOT quality units' saw the largest increase, with sales 20% greater than the previous year. Copies of the report can be purchased through the NCMA online bookstore. NCMA members contact NCMA for special member pricing. Read more.

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Visit NCMA at Hardscape North America
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Are you at HNA? Come visit NCMA in Booth 22009 to hear the latest in news and resources for the hardscape market! Earlier this week, many SRW contractors fine-tuned their knowledge and skills at NCMA's SRW Installer Certifications courses held at HNA. NCMA Staff Bob Thomas, Gabriela Mariscal, and Carrington Blencowe, are on site providing information on NCMA, new technical resources, and communication efforts for contractors.

Unit Design Competition winners profiled 
Iowa State Daily
Iowa State Winners
Iowa State Daily, a student-run news organization, profiled the winning team of the 217 Unit Design Competition, hailing from Iowa State University. Colleen De Matta, Ayla Hendrickson, and Nathaniel Jones won with their 'Amphi-Block' design, that focused on sound attenuation as well as aesthetics. The finals, held at NCMA's Midyear Meeting, also gave the teams an opportunity to meet many industry professionals. Says De Matta, "I didn’t know there was such a passion for architectural materials. All the people we met were so passionate about their jobs". Read more.

New education video: “Flashing for Masonry”
Upstate NY Chapter of MCAA
Flashing for Masonry
The Upstate NY Chapter of MCAA has released a new training video. This video covers the basics of flashing for masonry, including types of flashing, accessories, and proper locations of flashing. The video also outlines common problems that occur when flashing is missing or not installed properly. You can access the video here.

Exposed drip edges among topics in masonry e-book 
Construction Specifier
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The Construction Specifier has released an e-book highlighting new and innovative techniques when dealing with moisture control in masonry construction. One of the articles in the newest sponsored e-book will provide details, specifications, and explanations for a variety of flashing details that can enable code-compliant water management flashing systems. Read more.

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Trump opens door for association health plans 
Associations Now
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President Trump signed an executive order last week allowing membership organizations to sponsor health plans across state lines. There are a lot of unknown factors still with the executive order. The goal is to provide more options at lower premiums for many individuals. Critics fear that premiums sicker could rise. Read more.

Infrastructure spending bill sliding down agenda 
The Hill 
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Infrastructure spending, a topic which helped to propel President Trump’s campaign, is likely to be delayed while the administration and Congress works on tax reform. Adding to the uncertainty of an infrastructure plan is the use of public-private partnerships. Once a cornerstone of the plan, new reports indicate the administration may not be as eager to utilize these partnerships. It is possible more details will not be available while tax reform efforts are front and center. Read more.

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Economy Watch: U.S. economy strong
Commercial Property Executive 
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The U.S. economy has enjoyed stable, long-term growth in recent years, yet remains vulnerable to federal government dysfunction or aggressive Federal Reserve moves, according to the latest edition of “The Briefing” by Transwestern. In September, the possibility of another government shutdown and default disrupted pricing of short-term securities under looming deadlines, an issue that will need to be revisited before the new deadline of Dec. 8  Read more.

U.S. economy loses 33,000 jobs after hurricanes
Washington Post
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The U.S. economy lost 33,000 jobs in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma last month, the first decline since September 2010. The unemployment rate declined slightly to 4.2 percent, the lowest since February 2001. Economists expect the numbers to rebound in coming months and the economy to continue to grow. Wages are also starting to improve at a noticeable pace. Read more.


NCMA president Bob Thomas, Director of Geotechnical Systems Gabriela Mariscal, and Manager of Membership Carrington Blencowe are attending Hardscapes of North America in Louisville, KY October 17-20.

NCMA producers and/or associations are encouraged to work in conjunction with universities to sponsor a local student Unit Design Competition. Click here for more information on “How to set up Unit Design Competition at Your University.” Winning teams from each school are invited to participate in the national Unit Design Competition.

Cleaning concrete masonry units  
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Are there ways to clean CMU walls? Yes, there are in general three ways a masonry assemble can be cleaned: water cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and using some form of chemical. The water cleaning method is effective for simple stains resulting from dirt, mild efflorescence, and grease stains among others. Water cleaning can be done with or without pressure washing tools and can be accompanied by other cleaning products such as a mild detergent and non-metal cleaning brush. Water cleaning is the quickest and simplest method of cleaning. In general, it is useful for mild stains resulting from dirt, grease, or mild efflorescence. For more information on ways to clean CMU assemblies, see TEK 8-2A “Removal of Stains from Concrete Masonry”.


Deadline for NCMA Foundation grant applications approaching
The deadline for submitting grants to the NCMA Foundation for consideration at the 2018 Annual Convention is November 1, 2017. If you have a worthwhile research or education project that could benefit from Foundation funding to advance the industry, please be sure to submit the application on time. Find more information on submitting grants here. 

r3 Steel joins NCMA as associate member 
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ICPI-NCMA Commercial Sales Course 
Commercial Sales Course
Due to popular demand, ICPI and NCMA are organizing the fifth year of our Commercial Sales Course. This course helps prepare industry sales representatives who sell to the commercial market. For more information and to register for this event click here.
Exhibit at ICON EXPO 2018: Machinery & Equipment Show
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Expand your business, showcase your company’s products and services in live demonstrations and network at ICON EXPO 2018, February 9-10, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Give your company the opportunity to meet with the buyers looking for manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products, services and equipment, and announce your company's latest offerings and product innovations. For more information click here.


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