MCAA Gateway: September 2019


Masonry Hall of Fame Nominations Due October 1, 2019 

Words: Tim O’Toole   Do you know someone who has dedicated their life to the masonry industry? If so, nominate them to be part of the Masonry Hall of Fame. Nominees must have had a major impact on the masonry industry, not necessarily with just the MCAA, and must have been or be in the industry for a minimum of 25 years. Nominees can be, but are not limited to contractors, employees, instructors, architects, engineers, and association staff. Nominations are open to anyone in the masonry industry. Submissions must state the significant accomplishments of the individual nominee. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, October 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM CDT. Nominees accepted into the Hall of Fame will be inducted during the MCAA Convention. Visit to submit your nomination.   

Compete in the 2020 MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 during MASONRY MADNESS®  Words: Tim O’Toole   Do you think you’re fast? Sign up for the MCAA's Fastest Trowel on the Block competition during MASONRY MADNESS® at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas where you’ll have a chance to win your share of thousands in cash and prizes!  The Fastest Twenty Minutes in Masonry  Select a tender that can keep up with you and join top masons from around the world for twenty minutes of all-out non-stop blocklaying action. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry’s best are invited to compete. Watch videos of previous competitions at to see how you stack up against the field.  Are you Fast Enough?  If you think your trowel is worthy, go to and download an application or call 800-536-2225. Come join these select blocklayers building excitement with what they do best! Register today at to compete. 

CrewTracks Joins MCAA Strategic Partner Program 

The MCAA and our members welcome the newest Strategic Partner  Words: Tim O’Toole   The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is proud to welcome CrewTracks as its newest Strategic Partner. CrewTracks has been involved with the MCAA almost since the company was founded, and their field management app has been tailored to the needs of the masonry industry.  A growing number of MCAA companies benefit from the program’s efficiency-focused features.  Later this year, CrewTracks plans to release a revamped production tracking feature that includes hourly, daily, and per-crew benchmarks, as well as production tracking per individual.  This feature is being developed as a direct response to feedback from MCAA members.    Brett Fairbourn, VP of Marketing at CrewTracks, said, “We absolutely love working with masonry companies and the MCAA.  It’s about time we made it official.  This is a huge milestone for CrewTracks, and we’re really proud of it.”  Visit for more information about CrewTracks. The MCAA Strategic Partner Program allows suppliers to reach out to contractors through a large variety of methods including promotion throughout MCAA publications and events. To learn more, visit The MCAA looks forward to working with CrewTracks. 

Upcoming MCAA Webinars for September 2019

The MCAA Webinar Series features live and on-demand webinars on topics such as job site safety new construction technology increasing profits and more.  Visit to view a full schedule of upcoming programs and to register. ------------------- Fostering Innovation with Construction Technology Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: FMI -------------------- Communication Between the Structural Engineer and Masonry Contractor Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Silica Train-the-Trainer Course Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $350.00 Non-Members: $700.00 -------------------- Gain a Competitive Advantage Through Bonding Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Federated Insurance -------------------- Designing Adhered Masonry Veneer Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Mortar Net Solutions -------------------- Engineering Masonry with Direct Design Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) -------------------- How to Prepare a Professional Masonry Submittal Package Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- New Developments in Lightweight Concrete Masonry And How they Benefit the Mason Contractor Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) -------------------- Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $225.00 Non-Members: $275.00 -------------------- Developing the Next Generation using Performance Discussions Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Designing a Sustainable Masonry Cavity Wall Building Envelope Friday, October 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Mortar Net Solutions -------------------- Reinforcement Placement and Masonry Grouting Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $75.00 -------------------- How to Develop and Implement an Effective Quality Control Program Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- OSHA Investigations Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Understanding Masonry Codes and Standards Friday, November 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $225.00 Non-Members: $275.00 -------------------- How to Become an Equal Partner with the General Contractor Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: J. Construction Company -------------------- Management Essentials for the First Time or Recently Promoted Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Silica Train-the-Trainer Course Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $350.00 Non-Members: $700.00 -------------------- Mastering Millennial Mindset and Beyond: How to Attract and Retain Emerging Leaders Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Seismic Requirements of the Building Code Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT   New MCAA Members for August 2019 Heckmann Building Products Inc. Melrose Park, IL 800-621-4140 Supplier Member Stoneworx Of VA Partlow, VA 540-429-6699 Contractor Member   Tikka Masonry Inc. Battle Ground, WA 360-907-5893 Contractor Member Vega Construction Company, Inc. Mount Airy, NC 828-368-5133 Contractor Member
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