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 •  January 12

Master builder John Weaver and a handful of farmers built Rohrbach’s Bridge over Antietam Creek in 1836. They built the creamy white stone bridge with three magnificent barrel arches and elegant proportions: 14 ft. 9 in wide and 125 ft. long. They made wood-capped parapets atop the structure of limestone sourced locally from there around...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 28, 2017

Training on aerial work platforms, scaffolds, swing-stages and mast climbers is vital in the effort to reduce serious injury or death on construction sites. Working at height requires a safe working attitude, a respect for the challenges of working at height, and comprehensive training. Talk to trainers about their training experiences and they...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 28, 2017

A Good Employment Policy Involves More Than Just Hiring Business owners frequently ask, “What can I do to avoid a wrongful termination charge by an employee?” The easy answer: “Don’t hire the wrong person for the job.” The reality is, one day every business owner will face the unpleasant task of having to terminate an employee for one reason or...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 12, 2017

Working through winter can be almost unbearable, but it doesn’t have to be. We reached out to contractors who have experience with cold weather construction for their input. One company is from the Northeast and the other from the Midwest, so they’ve experienced their fair share of winters and have a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Cold Weather...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 1, 2017

While masonry anchors and ties have remained stable throughout the years, innovations within the systems and how they are manufactured are producing better-performing structures, say two experts in this field. Heckmann Building Products Inc. The majority of the anchoring systems manufactured by Heckmann Building Products Inc. in Melrose Park, IL,...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 1, 2017

The Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation (FMAEF) are making strides in the effort to develop skilled workers for the masonry industry in Florida. The FMAEF has Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout Florida. They have a mutually beneficial working relationship with the Florida Department of Education and with Secondary and...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 1, 2017

“How to Navigate the Other Side of a Business Boom” Last month we discussed how important it is to hire and expand during boom construction cycles. When times are good, you best cash in on the opportunity before it disappears. We also said that expanding when times are good means the opposite when things go south… and they will go south...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 1, 2017

Shirley Named MCAA Pennsylvania State Chairman Christopher Shirley Appointed to Represent Pennsylvania Christopher Shirley, masonry instructor at the Indiana County Technology Center (Indiana, Pa.), has been appointed to the position of MCAA Pennsylvania State Chairman. Christopher is in his eighth year as a masonry instructor. Christopher holds an...

Masonry Magazine

 •  December 1, 2017

While many college graduates are often paid well as they progress into their careers, a very good living can also be had by entering the construction trades – and at a fraction of the education or training cost. Contractors can better recruit would-be candidates by showing them compelling evidence demonstrating the strong ROI of apprenticeships,...

Masonry Magazine

 •  November 1, 2017

I can’t tell you how many customers I have worked or walked with here at Plymouth Quarries that have confessed to me that they are addicts who are completely hooked. They just can’t shake it. There is no treatment, no cure, because they are addicted to stone. My first response is usually an uncomfortable laugh. Then I continue to feed their...