Safely Do More With Less
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
4d ago
Words: Clint Bridges Photos: EZ Scaffold I am rehashing an article I wrote ten years ago because the issues have not gone away, and there is no relief on the horizon. “Is the rest of the country busy?” As I travel around and visit with contractors, this seems to be a prevailing question. Depending on where you are, it may be asked differently, but this is a popular question along with what parts of the country are the busiest, and do you know anyone looking for a job? While it’s easier to tell you what areas of the country aren’t busy than the ones that are, it is almost impossible to find som ..read more
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Concrete Masonry Checkoff (CMC) Welcomes Alicia Hodges to Program Director Role
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
6d ago
Words: Concrete Masonry Checkoff Denver, Colo. (February 21, 2024) – The Concrete Masonry Checkoff (CMC) announced today that Alicia Hodges will be joining the organization as Program Director on February 26, 2024. “Alicia brings a collaborative spirit to the Concrete Masonry Checkoff,” said Kim Spahn, CEO, CMC. “I’m impressed with her dynamic drive to succeed, as well as how she measures success. With a passion for learning, Alicia is a welcome addition to the Checkoff.” A graduate of Iowa State University, Hodges spent nearly a dozen years at Target Corporation in retail and management posit ..read more
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CMHA Board Installs Sam Hoehner as Chair to Board of Directors
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
1w ago
Words: Kristen Garman, CMHA CMHA Board Installs Sam Hoehner as Chair to Board of Directors HERNDON, VA (February 13, 2024)—During last week’s Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, Sam Hoehner, Regional VP of Greater Louisville for Lee Building Products was installed as the Association’s new Board Chair. Hoehner succeeds Matt Lynch of Oldcastle APG, who served as chair since 2022. More than 400 attendees were on hand for CMHA’s Annual Meeting, which brings together the membership for committee meetings, the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas ..read more
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Greg Osterhout Receives 2023 David Fell Spirit of Service Award; Sam Arcot Named Natural Stone Institute Person of the Year
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
2w ago
Words: Amy Oakley Photos: Natural Stone Institute Oberlin, OH, February 12, 2024—Greg Osterhout (Northern Stone Supply) has received the 2023 David Fell Spirit of Service Award. Greg Osterhout has believed in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program since the beginning of NSI’s involvement with the program. Under his leadership, Northern Stone Supply eagerly stepped up to support the R.I.S.E. program by donating natural stone to eleven home projects. Karla Forest, Marketing Director at Northern Stone Supply, summarizes Greg’s involvement best: “Greg is honestly one of the most selfless ..read more
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REGULATION IN THE MAST CLIMBER INDUSTRY 
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
2w ago
Words: Kevin O’Shea, Hydro Mobile The mast climber (MCWP) industry has been consistently working to highlight regulations and standards which MCWP owners and users should be aware of, and which govern and influence the safe use of the product. MCWPs are very different to other forms of powered access.  For example, a scissor lift is delivered from the manufacturer with a fixed load capacity; an MCWP has various load characteristics depending on the configuration of the platform. Owners and users can change platform length and shape, and each time a change is made the capacity potentially ..read more
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So, You Want To Be A Masonry Instructor…
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
2w ago
Words: Curtis Hoover, Retired Masonry Instructor Do you have what it takes? We have all been mentors at one time or another. When the opportunity comes along for you to teach the trade full-time, there’s more to it than you think. It’s substantially more than just teaching the students how to lay bricks and blocks. Is this opportunity at a High School, college, local masonry association, correctional institution, or your local union training center? What’s next depends on where the jurisdiction is located. Each county, state, or local government will have its own set of qualifications that you ..read more
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Three Inspirational Figures in the Stone Industry: Stories of Passion, Perseverance, and Contribution
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
2w ago
Words: Amy Oakley, Natural Stone Institute Manu and Rika Shah, Pioneers of MSI: Awarded 2023 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement Manu and Rika Shah’s journey into the stone industry began in 1975, as they founded MS International (MSI) in the basement of their Fort Wayne, Indiana home. The initial spark behind MSI was Rika’s desire to work from home during her pregnancy while still contributing to the family income. Manu, armed with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, worked tirelessly to support MSI’s inception while employed full-time at International Ha ..read more
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Brick Testing and ASTM Requirements
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
3w ago
Words: Steven Borg So why do bricks need to be tested, anyway? A brick is a brick, is a brick, aren’t they? They are all the same, aren’t they? There are many reasons why it is necessary and important to have brick tested because they are not all the same. For this article, we will focus on brick manufactured exclusively from clay or shale. [There are some types of “brick” that are manufactured from cementitious mixes (cement and aggregate) that are called “brick,” but those are not addressed in this article.] There are hundreds of brick manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada ..read more
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Brick Resiliency: The Key to Sustainable Construction
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
3w ago
Words: Don Foster Bricks’ endurance against time and elements is an unparalleled attribute in the construction realm. In an ever-progressing world, where the desire for strong and enduring building materials is paramount, bricks take center stage; it’s resilience that stands the test of time. This resilience of brick is defined by its capacity to bear and resist the rigors of harsh weather conditions, structural burdens, and various impacts, all while preserving its structural solidity. This resilience translates into a significant boon for sustainable construction. Buildings erected with resi ..read more
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Wall Of Fame Award Winner: Fred Campbell
Masonry Magazine
by Justin Stengel
3w ago
Words: Justin Stengel Fred Campbell, President of Creative Masonry Inc. and a triumphant three-time winner of the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500®, has been honored with the inaugural Masonry Wall Of Fame Award. This prestigious accolade is a collaborative effort between the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and the Brick Industry Association (BIA). Upon receiving the honor, Fred Campbell remarked, “I am humbled by the award and really appreciate being nominated and everything that went into giving me this. For me, it’s a pretty big deal, especially coming from my background and just wor ..read more
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