Western Specialty Contractors Plans for Its Future

Western Specialty Contractors Plans for Its Future

In today’s fast-growing construction environment, fueled by the nation’s strong economic growth, contractors nationwide are struggling to fill a surplus of skilled labor and management positions left vacant by retiring Baby Boomers and a shortage of interested, qualified workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction jobs will grow faster than the average for all other occupations from 2014 to 2024. READ MORE


“The term ‘brick’ refers to small units of building material, often made from fired clay and secured with mortar, a bonding agent comprising of cement, sand, and water.” The brick is a classic, and arguably iconic building material, it is well-entrenched in American architecture. From the classic red clay to the stunning chromite grey, it is difficult to visit any urban area in the continental United States and fail to see even a single brick structure.READ MORE
As a mason contractor, you know anchors. An integral part of the masonry wall system, the proper anchor used the proper way can make or break the integrity of the wall. What you may not know is that not all anchors serve the same ultimate purpose. Restoration anchors are a different animal, and understanding the difference in their role and usage can expand your offerings as a mason contractor. 
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Graffiti is a common problem and challenge that many building owners encounter. Many historic buildings are recognized for their iconic masonry, whether that be natural stone, marble, granite, brick, or something else. Masonry is an important architectural detail that adds character and historical significance to structures. READ MORE

With summer around the corner and construction getting back into full swing, we thought we should do a follow up to last year’s warm weather Q&A. This month, we had the opportunity to chat with the Corporate Safety director of Brazos Masonry in Waco, Texas, Zach Everett. Zach served as the Safety Committee Chairman for the Mason Contractors Association of America and provided insight into being safe on a jobsite in the warm weatherREAD MORE
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