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August 23, 2018


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NEW online education for architects available

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Architects can earn continuing education credits as they learn about concrete masonry in the new online course created by NCMA. This course, titled “Concrete Masonry: The Energy Efficiency Solution” is available on for free. The course provides information on the energy efficiency benefits of concrete masonry construction, as well as code compliance paths and insulation strategies. AEC Daily is an educational website that targets architects, specifiers, engineers and construction professionals. They specialize in 24-hour access to building product information, industry news, educational opportunities, discussion forums and much more for the architectural community. AEC Daily is where architects go to learn!

Click here for a brief overview and link to the course. Please be sure to share this information with all your sales personnel as well as promoting it to all contacts in your architect and specifier database.

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Midyear Meeting Recap now available

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The recap of the 2018 Midyear Meeting and 100-Year Anniversary Celebration is now available. Whether you attended the events or could not make it, catch up on all the news and information from the meetings. Be sure to check out the ‘Call to Action’ to see what you can do to continue moving the industry forward.Download the recap here.

Support Manufacturing Day 2018
National Association of Manufacturers

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Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2018 is October 5. Consider hosting an MFG event in your area. It’s easy using the toolkits and resources available for your use from the National Association of Manufacturers (NCMA is a member organization of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations). Resources include: Host Toolkit – Your complete guide to planning a successful MFG Day event; Plant Tour Guide – a step-by-step guide to showcasing a manufacturing facility; Sharing Your Story – How to share a memorable story within local communities; Social Media Playbook – A how to for promoting MFG Day through social media; and MFG Day Logos, Banners and Marketing Material. For additional questions, please contact or visit

New mini-documentary highlights how SkillsUSA is building a talent pipeline for American trade professions

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Building a Strong Foundation: SkillsUSA Prepares the American Workforce” is a new mini-documentary from WorkingNation that follows 20-year-old Logan Thomas and others as they learn and practice in-demand trade skills as part of the SkillsUSA’s TeamWorks competition.  The documentary was produced by WorkingNation, a national non-profit campaign working to expose hard truths about a looming unemployment crisis in the United States and bring the country together to create and amplify solutions. In the 5-minute documentary, we learn how SkillsUSA has partnered with education and industry leaders around the country to equip more than 13 million people with the skills and experience to become competitively employed in highly technical trade and service jobs. NCMA and the NCMA Foundation have supported the masonry competition at SkillsUSA for many years. Click here to watch the video. Read more.

Update to ASTM test method for shear strength of SRW assemblies published 
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“ASTM has released the latest version of Test Method D6916, Standard Test Method for Determining the Shear Strength between Segmental Concrete Units (Modular Concrete Blocks). The standard has been updated to make the serviceability requirement optional and address conflicting language in the standard regarding test assembly width. To purhcase a copy click here.


Dodge: 2018 so far a mixed bag for commercial, multifamily starts
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After an analysis of U.S. commercial and multifamily starts for the first six months of 2018, Dodge Data & Analytics reported that total volume of $101.4 billion was 1% less than what was recorded for the same period in 2017 but was 2% greater than starts from January 2016 through June 2016. In a metro-by-metro breakdown, half of the top 10 markets and 11 out of the top 20 metros saw increased commercial and multifamily starts during the first half of the year. Read more.

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Stone Veneer Trims in Brown

Plastic Components manufactures WHITE, GRAY, TAN and DARK BROWN foundation sill screeds, casing beads, drip edges in 10 ft lengths for stone veneer applications.
No more painting with these trims! They conform to ASTM standards D1784, C1063 and D4216. And the molded in colorant eliminates chipping, loss of color.



Penn State awarded Foundation Grant for Architectural Student Design Competition
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Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has been awarded an NCMA Foundation grant to fund their 2019 Architecture Student Design Competition. The Penn State competition, which also has local support from the Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association (PCMA), has been in existence for more than 20 years. The University chooses a building program that is conducive to the use of concrete masonry as both a structural system as well as an aesthetic device. In the past few years, the sites chosen have been for projects in Manhattan. Students take an intense one-day field trip to New York City to analyze the site and to study the rich architectural history of the area, from 1700s to the present, with an emphasis on buildings utilizing concrete masonry. The NCMA grant also funds a hands-on workshop at the Penn College of Technology where students are exposed to the basics of the masons’ trade first hand. The Architectural Student Design Competition is expected to draw approximately fifty students. For additional information, please contact Clare Ramminger.



Can concrete masonry protect interior spaces from radon?

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Yes. With proper construction of concrete masonry foundation walls, interior spaces can be protected from natural soil gases such as radon. Radon is a natural radioactive soil gas, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly 1 of 15 homes in the United States has elevated indoor levels of radon. For more information protection against radon using concrete masonry, see TEK 6-15 Radon-Resistant Concrete Masonry Foundation Walls.

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ICON-Xchange 2019 B2B registration is open 

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ICON-Xchange 2019 B2B registration is now open for Hosts and Attendees. Start making your plans to participate in this premier event for the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry, taking place February 14-16, 2019, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Orlando, Florida. The NCMA Annual Convention will be held Febraury 12-14. On Friday, February 15 and Saturday, the B2B Exchange will provide a one-on-one meeting format for industry supplier companies to conduct private meetings with manufacturing companies of all sizes. Companies will also have the opportunity to participate in the ICON-Xchange Marketplace, February 14-16, which provides another opportunity to network and reach potential customers/suppliers. Register here and read ourbrochure for all the details.

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Registration open for 2018 Basic Block and Hardscape Products Sales Course

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Registration is now open for NCMA’s highly rated Basic Block and Hardscape Products Sales Course. The class will be held November 29-30, 2018 at the NCMA Headquarters in Herndon, VA. The course is an excellent foundation for sales professionals who have been in the concrete masonry and hardscapes industry for less than three years. The curriculum will focus on relationship building as well as technical information and marketing strategies vital to advancing students’ knowledge of the concrete masonry and hardscape markets. A change in schedule provides that the course will only be offered annually – each November. Next Course: November 2019.

Click here for course flyer. Click here for the course syllabus. Tuition is $575 for NCMA members/$975 for non-member participants. Discounts available for three or more registrants from the same company (Discount for NCMA members only). For more information please contact Clare Ramminger, Director, Programs and Member Services. Phone: (703) 713-1900. Click here to register.


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