NCMA Foundation opens building, hardscape unit design competition

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The NCMA Education and Research Foundation’s 2018 Unit Design Competition exposes students in college or university design and construction programs to concrete masonry and hardscape products. Individual school teams begin in local competitions, proposing an innovative design for a concrete masonry or hardscape unit that can be produced on current equipment. First place teams from the local rounds qualify for the national competition, the top three teams from which will be invited to present their unit design at the NCMA Midyear Meeting, July 31-August 3 in Chicago. Additional information on the competition and entry submissions can be obtained here.

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NCMA set for ICON Expo 2018: Machiney & Equipment Show

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

NCMA is finalizing the agenda for the International Concrete Exposition: Machinery & Equipment Show, whose inaugural staging is set for February 9-10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. True to the ICON Expo 2018 theme, the small-scale exhibit component built into event’s schedule since 2015 will be replaced by a larger trade show, complete with plant components and machinery—and 16 hours of booth time between Friday and Saturday. ICON Expo 2018 will be held in conjunction with NCMA Annual Convention, February 6-8, and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Annual Meeting, February 11-14.

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Genest Concrete’s Comfort Block warmly received at NAHB show

Sources: CP staff; National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.; Genest Concrete, Sanford, Me.

An insulated concrete masonry wall system, with block placed on adhesive or thin set mortar, was among Best of IBS Awards/Most Innovative Building Products category finalists spotlighted during the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show. Developed by Maine building and hardscape unit producer Genest Concrete, Comfort Block is offered in two- and four-piece versions, CB-8 and CB-16, for 8- or 16-in. thick walls.

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Besser loads 2018 Blockmakers Workshop series

Source: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.

Besser has scheduled 11 Blockmakers Workshop sessions across 2018, including a new course on Servo Vibration/Main Drive technology; Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology, which debuted this year; and, Executive Session, a condensed version of primary courses, geared for upper management. Courses are conducted at the World Center for Concrete Technology, adjacent to Besser headquarters in northern Michigan. Registration is open for:

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6-in. concrete masonry unit wall flashing

Company has added a 6-in. size to its BlockFlash series of embeddable flashing solutions for managing moisture in exterior, single-wythe concrete masonry unit walls. BlockFlash uses patented flashing pans to collect moisture in the wall and channel it to the exterior through integrated weep spouts, which are gray in color to blend in with standard mortar. Drainage mesh placed in every block cell in the course immediately above the pans provides hundreds of clear pathways for water to flow around mortar droppings inside the cells and reach the pans.

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New investors take hold at Midwest masonry mainstay Oberfields

Sources: Graycliff Partners LP, New York; CP staff

Graycliff Partners, an independent investment firm focusing on middle market private equity transactions, has provided subordinated debt and equity financing to Delaware, Ohio-based Oberfields, a key regional player in concrete masonry and hardscape products, including standard gray and architectural block, segmental retaining walls, pavers, and precast products, plus related accessories. The investment supports the recapitalization of the company, led by President and CEO Bruce Loris, and buyout of another principal, Anderson Group LLC.

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Amcon acquires Concrete Materials unit masonry plants

Source: TCC Materials, Mendota Heights, Minn.

A deal with Sweetman Construction Co., dba Concrete Materials, has netted TCC Materials’ Amcon Concrete Products business block plants in Harrisburg, S.D., and Worthington, Minn. They join a network of concrete masonry and hardscape unit plants in Medford, St. Cloud and St. Joseph, Minn., plus Rapid City, S.D.

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NCMA schedules ICON Expo 2018: Equipment & Machinery Show

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

NCMA will stage the International Concrete Exposition Machinery & Equipment Show (ICON Expo) February 9-10, 2018, in Indianapolis, billing it as the only machinery and equipment venue completely dedicated to the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry.

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LafargeHolcim targets insulation market with mineral foam product

PHOTO: LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim characterizes its new product, Airium, as a disruptive technology for the insulation market. Developed at the producer’s global research & development center near Lyon, France, the fire-resistant, mineral insulating foam improves buildings’ energy efficiency from floor to ceiling.

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