Celebrating 100 Years of Advocacy, Research, Standards
and Promotion for the Concrete Masonry Industry.

For 100 years, The NCMA has been:


Leading
The Industry

Setting
Safety Standards

Researching
New Advances

Developing Technical Information

Advocating
for Members

Promoting
Concrete Masonry

Providing
Peer Interaction

Looking to
the Future

Latest Feature Articles:


1973: A First Look at Pavers

1973: A First Look at Pavers

In April 1973, NCMA’s Executive Committee gets an up-close look at the overseas concrete paving market. Members meet in London for a tour of English manufacturing plants and job sites. Learn how that very first fact-finding trip kicks off efforts to bring pavers to the United States.

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1942: John L. Strandberg

1942: John L. Strandberg

NCMA president J. L. Strandberg writes Harry Truman, chairman of the Senate's National Defense Program, urging the use of concrete masonry in war-time ordnance plants. Today, Strandberg is often remembered as a key pioneer in the history of the NCMA.

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1965: Concrete Masonry Pictorial

1965: Concrete Masonry Pictorial

NCMA reports on an exhaustive mail survey tasked with the goal of determining the effectiveness of the monthly magazine Concrete Masonry Pictorial. Read more about this long-time promotional tool and its value to modern day researchers.

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1971: Load Bearing Designs

1971: Load Bearing Designs

April 1971: NCMA announces a breakthrough in designing load bearing concrete masonry structures with the release of a comprehensive 402-page book of design tables. Learn how the NCMA partnered with the designer of the Sears Tower, a 110-story Chicago landmark, to promote the ground breaking reference book.

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1948: Convention Marks Milestone

1948: Convention Marks Milestone

March 1948: 70 years ago this week the NCMA wrapped up its annual convention in New York. The event marked a milestone: election of the first NCMA president from south of the Mason-Dixon line.

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1967: High Rise Hotel

1967: High Rise Hotel

In March 1967, NCMA’s CM/NEWS calls the new Holiday Inn being built in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri “A new feat in high-rise construction”. The 13-story circular hotel is the first Holiday Inn to be built from load-bearing concrete masonry.

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1941: The War Years

1941: The War Years

In the war years (1941-1945), the NCMA was asked by the War Production Board to make an intensive and accurate survey of the material requirements of the concrete masonry industry. The request was labeled urgent and the full cooperation of every manufacturer expected. In 1942, the NCMA reports on the production cost of 10-thousand 8x8x16 concrete block. Assuming two block machines operated for nine hours, manned by a crew of 15, the final cost will likely surprise you.

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Video Series:


Jim Park

Jim Park describes the early life of Jesse Besser and tells us about an encounter with the industry pioneer before his death in 1970.

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James Weber

Jim Weber, longtime member and 2006 Chairman of the Board, reflects on his very first convention and the benefits of his 50 year membership in the Association.

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Rick Muth

We salute Orco Block and Hardscape. The longtime California producer was founded back in 1946. Rick Muth, NCMA’s 1995 Chairman of the Board, explains how block beat out the family bakery

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Scott Weber

Scott Weber, 2004 NCMA Chairman and 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, reflects on Basalite's long history, the benefits of NCMA and the role young professionals will play.

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Pioneers of the Industry

From Harmon S. Palmer's creation of the first concrete block machine in 1900, to the innovations of Jesse Besser and the fire safe developments of Francis J. Straub, our industry is made up of many pioneering inventors.

Pioneers

Milestones in Manufacturing

For over a cenury, advances in machine technology and the development of new manufacturing methods sped up production and lead to constant refinements in final product.

Milestones

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In Memoriam


David Biggs of Biggs Consulting
in memory of Ken Dagostino Sr.
Dana Morse in memory
of Albert C. Jandris
Joseph Bowen in
memory of Jim Anderegg
Columbia Machine in memory
of our founder, Fred Neth Sr.
Billy Wauhop in Memory
of Thomas A. Holm
Michael Finch in
memory of Marvin Finch
Rick and Terri Grulke
in memory of
Jeff Wallace and Otto Stephan
Hugh & Sharon Jones in
memory of Don Jones Sr.
William Oberfield in
memory of Robert W. Oberfield
Pathfinder Systems in
memory of Jeff Wallace
Christopher and Jill Ross
in memory of J. Darwin Ross
Billy and Adella Wauhop
in memory of Tony Fizzano
James Weber in memory
of Wally Weber
Billy Wauhop in Memory of Lucas Pfeiffenberger
In Appreciation for Ray and Carol Lee by Michael D. Coots
Stephen A. Hunt in memory of Max Hunt
Gudrun Hess in memory of Hermann Hess
Donald H. Foster in memory of Herman A. Foster, Foster Bros. Inc., Islington, MA
In memory of Ray Lee and in appreciation of Carol Lee by Sam Hoehner
In memory of Henry Camosse Sr. by Henry J. Camosse Jr.
In recognition of Oneonta Block / Duke Concrete
In recognition
of ISI, LLC
Kevin Cavanaugh in memory of Kevin Callahan
E.P. Henry In memory of
Mr. Jim Henry II
In memory of
Peter Janopaul, Jr.,
Graystone Block Co. Inc., Modesto, CA.,
by Bridget, Matthew, and Petra Janopaul
Jeff Nickerson in memory of
David L. Nickerson
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