CMU Checkoff Legislative Update

Latest News August 2, 2017: (Herndon, VA) — The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2017 (S.374, H.R. 1046) passed, without amendment, through the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The committee approval is a significant step towards possible future consideration by the full Senate and House of Representatives. READ H.R.…

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Oldcastle Announces the National Launch of Trenwyth-High Polished CMU

Previously available regionally as Adams Polished Face, Trenwyth High Polish units are made differently than conventional ground face, utilizing a 10-head wet grind process that starts with an 80-grit diamond and works its way to a 3500-grit polishing wheel, giving the final finish a high luster and revealing the beauty of the aggregate with a…

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NCMA Launches New Website

www.ncma.org NCMA’s newly designed website features content focused on the association’s role to advance, protect and promote its members’ products. The fresh look of the site highlights the association’s many programs and services, including education, promotion, research, and advocacy to ensure that manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products are building materials of choice in the…

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Who We Are And What We Do

Our mission is to increase the use of masonry products and applications through innovation and education. Our goal is to communicate the attributes of masonry in safety, sustainability, life cycle savings, environmental soundness, regional product manufacturing, skilled installation, technical resources, and the variety of modern and traditional aesthetic opportunities coupled with century proven durability. We…

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Upcoming MMC Educational Events

MMC currently has the following all day educational events planned for 2018: November 7 in Evansville and October 18 in Indianapolis. MMC educational events are also being planned for Merrillville, Ft. Wayne and Jeffersonville/Louisville. Details for these events will be added when available. Details for events with firm dates are available in the MMC Event…

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Masonry Provides Safety, Durability And Adaptability On A Budget

When challenged to replace a century-old elementary school in a community with a small tax base and minimal water service, the use of load-bearing masonry construction allowed the architects to ensure student safety while providing long-term durability in a building that was optimized for contemporary educational needs, yet affordable for local taxpayers. In addition to…

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For Sustainability And Responsible Use Of Tax Dollars, Masonry Is The Answer

When a northern Indiana school district moved forward with a significant investment in upgrading four elementary schools, the Architects used masonry construction to provide long-term performance for the taxpayers, and to create a sense of permanence and community pride for generations to come. See the Kovert-Hawkins case study for the details Warsaw Community Schools

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So You’ve Heard That Masonry Is Too Expensive? It Just Ain’t So.

A new, independent study comparing the construction costs of brick buildings to five common exteriors shows that brick with concrete masonry units (CMU) costs less than precast concrete, metal panel curtain wall and glass panel curtain wall systems. Conducted by RSMeans for the Brick Industry Association (BIA), the independent study compares total construction costs in…

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