NCMA's Top Stories from 2017

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Happy New Year 2018

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With 2017 coming to an end, please see below for the five top stories in NCMA's eNews this year!

After Raleigh apartment fire, safety of wood construction questioned
Charlotte Observer

Burned Out

As flames chewed through hundreds of thousands of board feet of exposed lumber and plywood in a spectacular fire at an under-construction apartment building in downtown Raleigh last week, a question swirled like smoke. Why build an apartment out of wood? Read more. 

Trump team identifies top projects for infrastructure plan report
The Hill

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President Trump’s transition team has compiled a list of 50 potential transportation projects across the country that could be targeted in his promised infrastructure proposal, according to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune. Read more.

Concrete Masonry Units beat out precast

CMU Blocks

What started out as the plainest, cheapest and simplest way to build with masonry, concrete blocks have evolved into an option that combines beauty along with construction speed, durability and economy. This means the appearance of new structures and renovations look more interesting, and concrete blocks are part of this long wave improvement.Read more.

First plant certification awarded

Concrete Plants

Basalite Concrete Products concrete masonry production plant in Tracy, California, has become the first plant certified through the NCMA/ICPI Plant Certification Program. This achievement demonstrates a commitment to quality control for certified plants in the production of dry-cast concrete products. The program requires plants to implement and follow a rigorous quality control program and be audited regularly to ensure compliance. Congratulations to Basalite on this accomplishment. For details on the quality control program. Read more.

Another day, another wood-framed apartment fire
Construction Pros 

Apartment Fire

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, days after a wood-framed retail-apartment complex under construction in Oakland, CA, was destroyed for the second time in a year, five firefighters were injured in a fire that destroyed four three-story multi-family homes in Waterbury, CT, exemplifying the danger with wood-framed residential buildings. Read more.




Architecture Billings Index continues to reflect healthy construction market
For Construction Pros


The AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score shows that design services at architecture firms are in demand. In November, the score was 55.0, up from a score of 51.7 in the previous month. The score reflect an increase in design services from U.S. architecture firms. The new projects inquiry index and the new design contracts index both rose slightly from the previous month as well. Read more.




NCMA offers Basic Block & Hardscape Products Sales Course for sales professionals who have been in the concrete masonry industry less than three years? For more information contract Clare Ramminger at 

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Mark Mitchell of Whizard Strategies visits the Basalite plant in Denver

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell and John Boedecker of Whizard Strategies visit the Basalite plant in Denver, Colorado in preparation for working with concrete masonry sales personnel at the NCMA Masonry System Selling Conference (MaSS) February 8-10th in Indianapolis. For more information on the MaSS conference and to register click here.

New premier education event at ICON EXPO 2018

MaSS logo

The Masonry System Selling Education Conference (MaSS) is a premier event designed to bring together experienced masonry sales personnel and regional promotional executives and to furnish essential tools to promote and sell concrete masonry as a system. A combination of inspirational general sessions featuring building product business analyst and strategist Mark Mitchell, targeted breakouts on competing building systems and networking opportunities will foster shared marketing and promotion insights to help reframe your team’s strategy . The conference, scheduled February 8-10, 2018 is being held during ICON EXPO 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Conference includes access to the tradeshow at no additional charge. For more information or to register click

Something for everyone at ICON EXPO 2018

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Education, demonstrations, networking and more....all will be happening at the ICON EXPO 2018: Machinery & Equipment Show, February 9-10, 2018, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now is the time to start making your plans for this inaugural show dedicated to the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry. The ICON EXPO 2018 brochure highlights the programs and events taking place during ICON EXPO 2018 and the NCMA Annual ConventionFebruary 6-8, 2018. Click here for a complete schedule of meetings and programs taking place during the week. Reserve your exhibit space and/or register to attend, if you have not done so already. Call us at (703) 713-1900 for more information. We can't wait to see you in Indy!



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