Report shows natural hazard mitigation has economic benefits

January 18, 2018





Report shows natural hazard mitigation has economic benefits


The National Institute of Building Sciences has issued the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. This report shows that investments in hazard mitigation can save the nation $6 in future disaster cost for every $1 spent. Further, the report analyzed the effects of designing new buildings to exceed the minimum provisions of building codes. Doing that can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent. You can find the report here

Columbia Products



PDCC Forum highlights new technologies at ICON EXPO 2018

Four innovative technologies will be presented during the Product Development & Creative Concepts Forum on Saturday, February 10, 4 -5:30 pm during ICON EXPO 2018, in Indianapolis, IN. The following companies will be presenting: 

  • Comfort Block ™ Precision Ground Masonry System
  • ECOncrete Inc.
  • Innovent Block Company, LTD
  • MineralBuilt LLC

Click here to learn about each of these products. 

Masonry Educators Workshop 2018

TMS Story

Thanks to the support of industry sponsors, The Masonry Society will present the 2018 Masonry Educators’ Workshop (MEW), formerly known as the University Professors’ Masonry Workshop (UPMW), at the University of South Florida and Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF fromMarch 11-13, 2018. Download the flyer here. Read more about this here.

MCAA acquires Masonry Design magazine

Masonry Education

The Mason Contractors Association of America has acquiredMasonry Design Magazine from Lionhart Publishing. Masonry Design has a circulation of about 10,000 readers in the design community, and the acquisition allows MCAA to communicate with a new audience and complement the MASONRY magazine. MCAA will take over publication with the May 2018 issue. Read more about this here.

Masonry Madness Day 2018

Masonry Madness

NCMA and the masonry industry will be on display at World of Concrete 2018 next week in Las Vegas. NCMA has a booth in the North Hall (Booth N1554), as well as a tent in the Masonry Innovations Zone. Come visit us outside in the Bronze Lot all day on Wednesday during Masonry Madness. This exciting event includes four masonry competitions taking place consecutively. In addition, representatives from the BIM for Masonry Initiative will be on hand to demonstrate the new tools and resources available for masonry in BIM. See here for more information on Masonry Madness. Click herefor more information on the schedule of speakers for BIM-M. Come visit NCMA and our industry partners next week.

Northeast Hardscape Show to recognize projects and installers
NE Hardscape Expo

North East Hardscapes

Entry for the Northeast Hardscape Expo Awards of Excellence is now open. These awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, retaining walls, commercial plazas and more. Additionally, teams of installers can enter to compete in the Hardscape Installer Competition at the Expo. If you have outstanding projects visit the awards page to submit and entries. If you are interested in competing with a team please visit this page here.

Alabama Pallets



Concrete masonry provides solution for sound wall
Concrete Masonry Designs

Concrete Masonry Designs

You often see noise barriers or sound barriers (as referenced in other parts of the country) that line busy roadways constructed from precast concrete panels or tilt-up concrete walls. However, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) required something completely different for this stretch of Route 167 in the corridor between Tacoma and Seattle.
This nearly two-mile-long sound barrier is constructed of concrete masonry units (CMU), something that Jim Reynolds, the general manager and safety director of out of Marysville, Washington, hasn’t seen constructed for at least 20 years on the west side of the Cascades. Read more.

Plastic Components


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.


U.S. factory, construction data brighten economic outlook

US Factory

Factories across the U.S grew in the last quarter of 2017, thanks to a surge of new commerce orders and productivity. Construction spending rose to a record high in November 2017, amid broad gains in both private and public outlay. Given the rapidly improving growth outlook, economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in March after increasing borrowing costs three times last year. Read more.

Kraft beyond New Years



New SRW Contractor Member Gem StoneScapes LLC


GEM StoneScapes, with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of Landscape Construction, is professionally certified by the leading trade organizations in the industry. Their mission is to help improve and protect their client’s property values while providing uniquely functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living areas.


NCMA’s Laboratory offers testing services for all types of concrete masonry products and systems. Contact Lab Manager Doug Ross for information

Staff On the Go...

NCMA President Bob Thomas, Vice President of Business Development Nick Lang, and Manager of Membership Development Carrington Blencowe will be in Las Vegas for World of Concrete January 22-26.

Solutions Center


What is the difference between wall ties and anchors?

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What is the difference between wall ties and anchors?
Wall ties are used to connect one masonry wythe to an adjacent wythe while anchors are used to connect masonry to structural support which and transfers to the masonry from attachments such as ledgers, bearing plates, and sills. Anchors are an important part of a masonry assembly and as such, it is important that it be designed and installed correctly. For more information on anchor bolts see TEK 12-3C Design of Anchor Bolts Embedded In Concrete Masonry.



New premier education event at ICON EXPO 2018

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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

New ASU football coach Edwards opens ICON EXPO 2018  


New ASU football coach Edwards opens ICON EXPO 2018 Recently named the Arizona State football coach, Herman "Herm" Edwards will be the keynote speaker at the opening brunch of the ICON EXPO 2018: Machinery and Equipment Show on February 9, 2018, at 9:00 AM at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Edwards’ experience as an ESPN analyst and NFL coach will motivate and energize the audience about building relationships and striving for goals. Click here to read Edwards’ complete bio. Make your plans today to attend ICON EXPO 2018 and come hear Edwards' inspiring words at the Featured Speaker Brunch. Registration is required.

Boot Camp for production personnel at ICON EXPO 2018 


  • Bring your production team to ICON EXPO 2018 for the the annual Boot Camp developed for production personnel. Boot Camp for Production Personnel will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Boot Camp will present information to increase employees' production and sales knowledge, consisting of three sessions.
  • Overview of the industry
  • Overview of information to produce a high quality product, with topics including density; unit dimensions; batching and proper mix sequence.
  • Safety-related training sessions covering Alternative Methods to Lock Out Tag Out, Confined Space Rules and an update on the OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards. These sessions will take place in the Demonstration Area on the ICON EXPO show floor. Click here to see more and to register for this course. Click here for more information.