Campaign spotlights environmental, economic benefit of concrete pavement

Florida roads can lead 14 million state-licensed drivers to pristine white sand beaches, picturesque parks, and other natural destinations. However, most drivers are unaware of the lasting effect the surface of the road they are traveling has on Florida’s delicate ecosystem and economy. What if they knew that a road surface like concrete could lessen the number of pollutants that…

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Masonry interests affirm the block construction economy, speed, soundness

Block Strong, a public awareness-geared partnership between the Florida Concrete & Products Association Inc. and Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council Inc., taps current Pennsylvania State University research to inform multifamily project specifications. Stakeholders especially note a) how construction materials can be an afterthought when developers and real estate investment trusts (REIT) define the financial position of an investment opportunity; and,…

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Block producers bracket 16 home designs in “March Masonry Matchup”

Sources: Block Strong Coalition, Orlando, Fla.; CP staff The Florida Concrete & Products Association and Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council-backed Block Strong campaign’s “March Masonry Matchup” presents a bracket-style challenge where participants vote for their favorite home design in the Sunshine State—from coastal-inspired to classic Mediterranean, each of robust CMU construction. 

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Block producers ace home buyer, occupant, builder, developer engagement

A campaign by Florida Concrete & Products Association and Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council Inc., both of Orlando, has achieved a milestone in building awareness of the benefits of concrete block construction in single family home and multiunit dwellings: Its centerpiece, the consumer- and professional-geared site, has surpassed the 1 million annual visitor mark.

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Governor Rick Scott has announced five appointments—one new member, four incumbents, all for terms running through June 2018—to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council (FCMEC), an organization authorized by Sunshine State lawmakers and funded by a voluntary check-off program among major and independent block producers.

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Portland Cement Association has named Michael Schon vice president and counsel for Government Affairs. He will have lead responsibility for shepherding the association’s regulatory advocacy efforts and promoting the cement industry in general. He joins PCA from Baker Botts L.L.P., where he served as Environmental Practice Group senior associate, representing energy and manufacturing clients in environmental litigation, while providing regulatory guidance and counseling for federal and state environmental issues.

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