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Words: David BiggsThe MCAA is creating the first MCAA chapter in New York State. The Upstate New York MCAA Chapter was incorporated in July 2015. The chapter’s purpose is to preserve and promote the masonry industry by providing training for masons, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment and marketing the benefits of masonry materials. The Upstate NY Chapter will provide services to the masonry industry throughout the Southern tier and all of upstate New York. Fee-based memberships in the chapter are open to mason contractors, suppliers and industry design and construction professionals. Students involved in construction industry studies can also join the chapter and are exempted from a membership fee. A board of directors was created and the group has elected its first officers. Mike Palmer of Remlap Construction will serve as the chapter’s first president. Other officers include Brett Sherman of Alliance Masonry, VP; Eric Schneid of Schneid Construction, treasurer; and Jim Polakiewicz of Doyner Inc., secretary. David Biggs of Biggs Consulting Engineering, Rick Roach of Barnes & Cone, and Brian Casler of Casler Masonry are also serving as board members. Anyone interested in joining the Upstate Chapter can contact Brett Sherman at 607-639-1665.
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