Integration Success

A visit with 2024 Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association Chair Sam Hoehner   Two years out from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association unification, the successor organization’s board chair sees a groundswell of indicators favoring members, allied interests and architectural, engineering and construction parties, concluding, “I can’t think of a better time to be a part…

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Agency commits $20M to Ash Grove, Buzzi, CalPortland, Sublime carbon work

The U.S. Department of Energy is contributing to five projects in Decarbonizing Cement and Concrete, one of eight topic areas in the agency’s Industrial Heat Shot program, where present funding and grants total $171 million. Industrial Heat Shot is part of the broader Industrial Emissions Reduction Development Program under the DOE Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office. The Cement and Concrete…

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Concrete Masonry Checkoff leaders eager to drive investor returns

Design, promotional and technical support for architectural and gray block in U.S. building markets will reach a new peak this year with the launch of 23 inaugural Concrete Masonry Checkoff (CMC) projects, funded with nearly $5 million from initial 2023 assessments. The projects contour the six programs that CMC directors defined in their November 2022 charter meeting—Codes & Standards, Design…

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Block producers approach first deadline for CMC Checkoff remittances

Sources: Concrete Masonry Checkoff Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The deadline for concrete block producers from around the U.S. to submit payments in the first round of Concrete Masonry Checkoff (CMC) assessments is August 29. Payments reflect the collection of one cent per block sold for building applications during an inaugural quarter, April-June 2023, per the Department of Commerce-authorized CMC…

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Spahn moves from Concrete Pipe to Concrete Masonry Checkoff

American Concrete Pipe Association Vice President of Operations Kim Spahn, P.E. has been appointed the inaugural Concrete Masonry Checkoff chief executive officer. An exhaustive national search to fill the position attracted more than 300 applicants, Spahn quickly emerging as the CMC Board’s top choice given her unique background and skill set. “We really valued Kim’s perspective as a civil engineer…

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Concrete Pipe-wise Spahn to lead Concrete Masonry Checkoff

Sources: Concrete Masonry Checkoff Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff American Concrete Pipe Association Vice President of Operations Kim Spahn, P.E. has been appointed the inaugural Concrete Masonry Checkoff chief executive officer, effective mid-June. An exhaustive national search to fill the position attracted more than 300 applicants, Spahn quickly emerging as the CMC Board’s top choice given her unique background and…

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