CFA - "Moving Toward Profitability"

After the brutal winter, a relatively mild spring, I think it’s safe to say, summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for the annual Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) annual convention. The CFA is a non-profit organization representing cast-in-place contractors and the recognized authority for the residential concrete industry.

The 2014 Annual Convention will be held in Sandusky, Ohio on July 31 – August 2 and will feature the theme, “Moving Toward Profitability”. The theme represents the challenge of becoming and staying profitable in today’s market. Profitability continues to be a challenge for contractors due largely in part to recession-era prices, despite material increases and higher demand.

To help contractors, the CFA will be offering a strong education track to help position you for profitability including such topics as Inequitable Builder Contracts, Winning with Concrete vs. Asphalt Pavements; Legal Traps for Employers, Who Pays?; The New Pump Safety Standard; and Investing in Concrete Pumps for Profit and many more beneficial and educational sessions.

Additionally, the CFA will be presenting the awards for the 2014 Projects of the Year. Projects of the Year is a competition held annually by the CFA to increase the recognition of the substantial challenges faced and met by today’s professional cast-in-place concrete contractor. Three private residences and one multi-family project have been selected. Read more about the winners here:

In our cover story this month, we highlight the 2014 Overall Grand Project winner completed by Hottmann Construction Company Inc. of Dane, Wis. This unique and challenging project demonstrates the value of the relationship between the contractor, the builder and the architect, turn to page 18 to learn more.

Recent months have revealed a vibrant construction season with numerous high-profile projects grabbing the spotlight with both national and international media outlets taking notice. Turn to page 26 to see more about “The Grand Pour”, the foundation pour which shattered the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous concrete pour.

On the decorative concrete front, page 40, we take a look at the trend of metallic epoxies and their continued upward swing of increased usage.’

If you have a unique and compelling project that you would like to see covered in a future issue of Concrete Contractor, please send me a note to Let’s talk about it.