MCAA Gateway: July 2019


MCAA Midyear Meeting Registration Open 

Registration is now open for the MCAA’s Midyear Meeting, September 8-11, 2019, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire.   If you have never attended the MCAA’s Midyear Meeting before, now is the perfect time.  The MCAA Midyear Meeting is a relaxed and intimate atmosphere where networking takes place.  Strike up a conversation with another mason contractor or a supplier who is not in your market, and you can share ideas and solutions to common problems faced on the jobsite.  This is where long-lasting friendships are born every year.  Visit to learn more and to register online. We look forward to seeing you in New Hampshire! 

Now Accepting Masonry Hall of Fame Nominations 

Nominations due October 1, 2019  The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Masonry Hall of Fame class. The Masonry Hall of Fame was created to recognize and award those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the masonry industry. 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. Submissions will be reviewed and voted upon by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Nominees must receive two-thirds of the eligible votes in order to be accepted into the Hall of Fame. 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. 

Last chance to enter Safety Advantage Awards

Submissions due June 30 Words: Zach Everett Submissions to the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance, are due by June 30, 2019. This is your last chance to enter the awards. Safety is overlooked by some contractors for several reasons: cost, time, resources, compounded focus on production, simple ignorance, or possibly many other things. Our goal is for the MCAA safety awards to help draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely. The awards will be presented based on a company’s Incident Rate. This seemed to be the most equitable and best way to judge between contractors. The Incident Rate will be the only criteria at the present. There could be many other guidelines thrown into the mix; OSHA citations, comprehensiveness of safety policy, superseding of OSHA compliance by company policy, peer review of policies, job site inspections, volunteer safety work, using biodegradable earplugs, non-concrete block, utilizing anti-alien abduction hardhats or a gamut of other qualifiers and disqualifiers, but we thought that starting simple would be best for the moment. The Incident Rate, by which the safety awards will be judged, is calculated off of the OSHA logs. ALL OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses are logged for that year. The number of illnesses and injuries are multiplied by 200,000 then divided into the total number of hours worked by all employees for the year. This equation gives you the company’s Incident Rate. This should not be confused with the DART Incident Rate which only takes into account the incidents that result in days away from work. To get your company considered for the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards simply go to fill out the sign up form and return it with your 2018 OSHA 300 form. All entries will be tabulated and the awards will be presented at the 2019 MCAA Midyear Meeting. We look forward to this event and hope that there is huge participation. Safety is extremely important! It's important to help get more work, to keep WC cost down, but most importantly, because families need their parents and spouse to come home healthy! Join with us in this small way to reach that goal.

Upcoming MCAA Webinars for July 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. -------------------- Measuring Resiliency Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Practical Steps to Creating a Productive Company Culture Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: J. Construction Company -------------------- Rescue Plans Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- How Codes Change the Way We Construct Masonry Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- Silica Train-the-Trainer Course Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $350.00 Non-Members: $700.00 -------------------- Conversions: Proven Methods to Capturing Online Leads Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Masonry Agency -------------------- Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT Members: $225.00 Non-Members: $275.00 -------------------- Understanding Labor Cost, Productivity and Efficiency Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: J. Construction Company -------------------- Digital Sales: The Tools and Methods Necessary for Selling Online Leads Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT Presented by: Masonry Agency -------------------- Turning People Problems into People Solutions Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- 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 -------------------- 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 -------------------- Developing the Next Generation using Performance Discussions Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT -------------------- 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 Manager 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 July 2019 Bibler Masonry Roswell, GA 770-664-2294 Contractor Member Bonstone Materials Corporation Mukwonago, WI 800-425-2214 Supplier Member Joseph Baldwin Construction Co. Inc. Fulton, NY 315-598-3526 Contractor Member Ted Construction & Developments, LTD Chichester, MD 07765472224 Contractor Member
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