NAHB – Homebuilder Sentiment Rises To Best Level This Year

From the online news source, “Business Insider “: According to the NAHB, homebuilder sentiment rose more than expected in June and to the best level since January after holding steady during the four months in between. The National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index for June climbed to 60 from 58, topping the forecast for a More Info »

June 17, 2016 by:    Comments



Construction Employment Increases in 244 Metro Regions

According to federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metropolitan areas in the USA and was unchanged in 44 areas. 70 areas saw a decline between March, 2015 and March, 2016. AGCA data shows that the building recovery continues to be broad-based geographically More Info »

May 25, 2016 by:    Comments



IMI Position on Wall Systems Reinforces CavityComplete

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) position on the value of designing sustainable masonry cavity walls as systems rather than as a grouping of individual components reinforces the value of designing and building with CavityComplete. CavityComplete is the first and only tested and warrantied total cavity wall system. CavityComplete includes Mortar Net Solutions products MortarNet, More Info »

March 21, 2016 by:    Comments



Lack of Skilled Workers Still a Major Bottleneck for New Construction

A lack of skilled workers in the masonry industry and construction in general continues to make it difficult or impossible for contractors to keep up with building demand.  Ironically, according to this article from the Associated General Contractors of America, hiring has actually slowed recently.  The question is, has hiring slowed because demand is falling More Info »

March 1, 2016 by:    Comments



Jose Martinez Wins World of Concrete Fastest Trowel Competition

Jose Noe Martinez won the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block Contest at this year’s World of Concrete.  The contest pitted journemen masons and their tenders against one another to see who could build the best 30 foot-long 8″ CMU wall in twenty minutes.  Contestants were judged on both the number of block they laid More Info »

February 11, 2016 by:    Comments