Amerimix
BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
Southwest Scaffolding
SPEC MIX LLC
Stabila
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
July 2002

Industry Beginning To Think Together

President’s Message


By

The masonry industry has long suffered through diverse interests that has kept our industry splintered. Those self-serving interests have diverted our attention while our competitors have quietly stripped us of much of our market share.

As an industry, we have grappled with this issue for decades. But it seemed that no matter how hard we tried, we never could get past the gigantic egos that have keep our industry separated and ineffective.

But quietly and unassumingly, the masonry industry has begun to put past our differences and begin to look to the long-term interests of our industry. Slowly but surely, the industry is beginning to put aside our differences and act in the long-term best interests of the industry. Several years ago at the urging of the MCAA, the industry's associations came together and formed an industry Board of Directors called the Masonry Industry Council. This Council has brought our diverse interests together and has facilitated dialogue in the areas of market development, codes & standard development, workforce development and public affairs. Although funding for the MIC is at an extreme minimum, the Council has been able to work together on jointly exhibiting at customer trade shows, placed pro-industry ads in Architecture Magazine, facilitated research to advance the use of masonry and influence code development. But as important as all of this is, the MIC can be so much more. It must become a driving force to advance the masonry industry and all of its diverse interests.

>Looking to the future

Next month, the volunteer leadership of each industry association and the principle staff of each association will meet in Baltimore to develop a long-range strategic plan for the masonry industry. The Mason Contractors Association of America has spent the past several years working on our Long Range Strategic Plan which has helped to guide the decision making process for the association Board. It has been through this plan that the MCAA has been able to think and act strategically in affecting the associations future and effectiveness. We are hopeful that the experience that the MIC will undertake will pay dividends in years to come for the benefit of the entire industry. We believe that the result of the this two day session will assist the industry in being able to focus each association's resources in a more effective and efficient way. The MCAA deeply believes in the power of planning, which is what has been missing in the masonry industry for decades. This lack of effective planning has resulted in our ineffectiveness in responding to competitors. How effective would tilt-up, EFIS and precast be if the entire masonry industry was working cooperatively and effectively together. I don't believe that these competitive systems ever would have gained a foothold in our markets had we all been working together, which is easier said than done. As mason contractors we can install these competitive materials and in fact, roughly two-thirds of all masonry contractors have installed one or more of these products. But our true interest lies in the expansion and promotion of masonry.

As exciting as this news is that the masonry industry is finally coming to grips with our diversification, we must be realistic enough to have patience in the process. The MCAA has been working for several years at developing our Strategic Plan which is a living document, changing with the changing business environment. Each MCAA meeting has become a virtual planning session where Board members debate the association direction and effectiveness. Having years of experience with developing our own strategic plan, we realize that it will take more than just the one meeting in Baltimore to solve our problems. It will take years of continual focus and effort to move the industry collectively forward in the same direction with the same interests...the interest of building a stronger masonry industry. As industry leaders, we must not leave any issues off the table when we are discussing the future of our industry. Trade shows, promotion, workforce and code issues will all need to be open for discussion. It's our pledge to come to this meeting with an open mind and a desire to make the hard decisions to bring us together as an industry.

It's reassuring to us that the masonry industry is finally beginning to think together.


Chairman’s Message Archive

Recent Updates

September 2018
Recent Updates

Masonry’s Future

August 2018
Masonry’s Future

Worthwhile Work

June 2018
Worthwhile Work

A New Beginning

February 2018
A New Beginning

Givers Gain

January 2018
Givers Gain

Things to Remember

March 2017
Things to Remember

Looking Forward

February 2017
Looking Forward

A Fresh Start

January 2017
A Fresh Start

Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
Who Moved My Cheese?

Giving back

December 2015
Giving back

An exciting year ahead

February 2015
An exciting year ahead

Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
Staying busy for you

Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

January 2014
Thanks

Happy holidays

December 2013
Happy holidays

MCAA Midyear update

November 2013
MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

August 2013
The MCAA in D.C.

A Lot Happening

July 2013
A Lot Happening

Eye opening

June 2013
Eye opening

Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

February 2013
Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

December 2012
It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

October 2012
The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
Stay involved

Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

July 2012
Summer time

Exciting time

June 2012
Exciting time

Working for you

May 2012
Working for you

New beginnings

March 2012
New beginnings

Farewell!

February 2012
Farewell!

One more to go!

January 2012
One more to go!

Join us in Vegas

November 2011
Join us in Vegas

As the world turns

August 2011
As the world turns

A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

March 2011
Tidbits From MCAA

Time Flies By

February 2011
Time Flies By

The End of the Year

December 2010
The End of the Year

Busy Times!

November 2010
Busy Times!

South of 40

October 2010
South of 40

What Are We Doing?

August 2010
What Are We Doing?

Moving Forward

March 2010
Moving Forward

A Fond Farewell

February 2010
A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

December 2009
Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

August 2009
Brick Voids

Vision 2020

February 2009
Vision 2020

State of the Association

February 2009
State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
The Silver Lining

Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
Wrapping up Another Year

Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
Greetings From Italy!

We Need Your Help!

January 2005
We Need Your Help!

The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

“With the MCAA as our guiding light, we will make a difference.”

Brandon Hartsell
Gates Construction Company, Inc.
MCAA member since 1994

Learn More