On the forefront
From the editor
Since becoming editor of Masonry in 2007, I have seen our industry’s focuses shift and change – all in the direction of growth. Involved and determined mason contractors and industry leaders, along with the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), keep ideas fresh and efforts concerted.
Last year, I wrote about two strong initiatives that will help our industry: incorporating masonry into BIM software, and the Check-off Program for the block industry. I am impressed with the progress being made in these areas, and you can look for articles updating you on the strides we’ve made as the year goes on.
OSHA has reared its head again regarding silica issues, and as always, the MCAA – along with our lobbying group in Washington, The Keelen Group – is on top of this situation. It’s another “big deal” to our industry that we’ll continue to inform you about.
Currently, our industry is knee deep in another initiative that impresses the socks off me: education. During my last six years working with mason contractors, industry key players and the MCAA executive board, I have heard it time and again: We need continuing education as well as education to develop a future workforce. I am happy to report, we’re doing just that.
You can read about these efforts in the January 2014 issue of Masonry. We’ve come a long way, and we have many more strides to hit. And, we will get there.
Originally published in Masonry magazine.
About the Author
Jennifer Morrell was the editor of Masonry magazine. She has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as a writer and editor, covering such topics as real estate and construction, insurance, health care, relationships and sports. A graduate of The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in magazines and is an award-winning newspaper columnist.