Happy Holidays, from the NYS Concrete Masonry Association December 2009
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Seasons Greetings!

The holidays are upon us once again as the most economically challenging year in decades draws to a close. As we find time to dedicate to family gatherings and holiday traditions, it is also worthwhile to reflect upon the many positive Association activities that took place in 2009. Thanks to the efforts of some very dedicated members, the NYSCMA can boast several affirmative accomplishments, and can look forward to achieving challenging new goals in the coming year.

The following examples are samples of the achievements of the association and its members over the previous twelve months, and provide a brief look ahead at what to expect in the coming year.

2009 Architects Presentations Program Proves Popular


The message that masonry is the safe, secure and sustainable building material of choice was carried across the entire Empire State by the NYSCMA in 2009. Forty AIA accredited presentations were scheduled throughout the state beginning in March 2009, the majority of which were joint efforts with Producer Members. As a result, over 600 design professionals were educated regarding "Concrete Masonry's Contribution to Sustainable Building Projects", "Effective Building Designs With Concrete Masonry", "F'm2000, the NYSCMA Assurance of Quality", and "The NY-CHPS Guidelines for High Performance Schools". By far, LEED® and sustainability issues created the highest demand among designers, and "Sustainable Building Projects" accounted for 31 of the 40 scheduled presentations.

This well accepted program will continue in 2010, with six presentations presently scheduled in January and February. Contact Executive Director Nick Carparelli ( 315-254-0518  315-254-0518 ) for details regarding jointly scheduling a presentation with the architectural firm of your choice.


LEED® Green Associate Exam Prep Seminar


Calling ALL Members! Mark your calendars for January 29 & 29, 2010 and plan to participate in the most significant program to come from the NYS Concrete Masonry Association to date. The association has partnered with the premier USGBC Educational Provider in the world and is proud to announce the LEED® Green Associate Exam Prep Seminar, presented by The Everblue Training Institute (

As you may be aware, LEED® is fast becoming the industry norm, and no matter what experience you have in the construction industry, becoming a LEED® Green Associate (GA) is a wise decision for your future and the future of your business.

The LEED® Green Associate credential is for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. LEED® Green Associate is the best introduction to green building that you will find - it is high level and comprehensive in nature, providing insights into a 100+ areas of green building. Adding a LEED® GA credential will enhance your credibility with architects and improve your ability to promote masonry as the material of choice for truly sustainable building projects.

Everblue ( is the largest USGBC Educational Provider in the world. They have trained thousands of professionals from individuals to the largest corporations and government agencies. An Everblue instructor will conduct the two day seminar January 28 & 29, 2010, in Albany at a location to be determined. More details will be available very soon. Until then, contact Executive Director Nick Carparelli for updates.


2010 QCQA Program for NYSDOT Masonry Products


Do you fall into one of the following categories?

  1. You currently manufacture segmental retaining wall units, pavers, slope block or some other masonry product that appears on the NYS Department Of Transportation approved list;
  2. You do not currently manufacture DOT masonry items, but are contemplating doing so in the near future;
  3. You do not currently manufacture DOT masonry items and do not plan to do so anytime soon, but you do supply municipal projects at the county, city, town and/or village level.


If one of the above descriptions fits you and your business, then you should take particular note of the Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QCQA) Program that will be introduced by the NYSDOT in 2010. Those of you who attended the Fall Member Development Conference were first introduced to the QCQA program in a presentation by Don Streeter, P.E., Concrete Program Manager, NYSDOT .

The QCQA Program has been developed jointly by a DOT /industry task group, which included several members of the NYSCMA. DOT's goal was to eliminate the present practice of stock lot testing, thus allowing quicker approval of masonry products for state projects. In addition, as federal stimulus money increases to other municipal agencies via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, closer scrutiny will be applied to insure that DOT compliant products are used on local municipal projects.

The final draft version will be available for every NYSCMA Producer Member to review by the end of this year. For more information, contact NYSCMA Director Nick Carparelli,  315-254-0518  315-254-0518 or David Kearney, NYSDOT Materials Bureau;  518- 457-8065  518- 457-8065


NYSMCA Member Earns Honor at 2009 Greenbuild Conference


Congratulations to Louis Grasso, Jr., and Kingston Block and Masonry Supply, LLC! Pozzotive Plus Concrete Brick and CMU from Kingston has been selected as one of BuildingGreen's Top-10 products of the year by the editors of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec®.

Pozzotive Plus Concrete Brick and Pozzotive Plus Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) products are manufactured using up to 30% post- consumer recycled glass as a Portland cement substitute and an average of 50% post- consumer recycled masonry aggregate from local sources in the Northeast. The recycled glass pozzolan, with the trade name Pozzotive®, made by Empire Resource Recovery, LLC is ground to a smaller particle size then Portland cement and used in place of Portland cement, saving about one ton of CO2 emissions for every ton of cement replaced. Pozzotive Plus CMUs have been made with up to 90% recycled aggregate, though 50% is typical.

BuildingGreen, LLC, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News (EBN), announced its eighth annual Top-10 Green Building Products during the 2009 Greenbuild conference in Phoenix. The list recognizes the most exciting products drawn from recent additions to GreenSpec and coverage in EBN. Read Complete Press Release


Welcome, New NYSCMA Members!


The NYSCMA is proud to announce the addition of several new members for 2009. Joining the ranks of Associate members this past year are:

  • The B and B Albany Pallet Company. Despite the name, the business is headquartered in Jamesville, near Syracuse. Bill Dougherty's company manufactures wooden pallets for various concrete masonry products as well as a wide variety of other uses. Bill can be contacted at  866-282-0582  866-282-0582 ; e-mail is bill
  • Ridgeview Concrete Technologies is a New Jersey based Sales, Marketing and Distributing company that has been providing cementitious additives to Concrete Masonry Unit manufacturers since 2002. The company is owned and operated by John and Joe Mazzarella. You can contact John at  973-271- 6043  973-271- 6043 ; e-mail is jmazzarella@ridgeviewconcret
  • Nova Chemicals manufactures assorted polyethylene and foam resins which are used for a variety of applications, including masonry products. Nova is represented by Mr. Larry McLean. Larry can be contacted at  724-581- 3298  724-581- 3298 ; e-mail is mclea
  • Besser Company. After a brief hiatus early in 2009, we are happy to welcome back Besser Company as an Associate Member of the NYSCMA. Randy VanSickle is their representative, and he can be reached at  989- 493-1115  989- 493-1115 ; e-mail is rvansickl


I am happy to announce the addition of a new Affiliated Producer Member:

  • Hanson Hardscapes is a major manufacturer in the hardscape products industry, with 12 manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ontario, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. Tom Borelli is the Sales Manager in New York State, and can be contacted at  (585) 739-4040  (585) 739-4040 ; e-mail is tom.bor


Finally, we are also proud to announce the addition of Mr. Stephen Richard, Associate Professor Masonry Instruction at Alfred State College as a Professional Affiliate Member. Stephen can be contacted at  (607) 587-3157  (607) 587-3157 ; e-mail is richars Material or financial contributions to Stephen's masonry program are always welcomed. The NYSCMA looks forward to a long and productive relationship with our newest members.


NYSCMA Officers for 2010

Chairman, 2009

Rich O'Connor, Taylor Concrete Products, Inc, officially assumed the chairmanship of the NYSCMA at the year end Board of Directors' retreat. Traditionally, the "torch is passed" at the mid-point of the final directors' meeting of the year, where the Association budget and goals are determined for the upcoming twelve months. Louis Grasso, Jr., Kingston Block and Masonry Supply, Inc, stepped into the role of Vice Chairman, and 2007 - 2009 Chairman Rick Roach, Barnes and Cone, Inc,. assumes the role of Immediate Past Chair. Rounding out the executive committee is our long-time friend and mentor, Norbert Rappl, who continues to serve unselfishly as association treasurer. As of 2010, the association will return to one year terms for all officers (except Norbert!) after having adopted a two year term for each office several years ago.

Many thanks to Rick Roach for his dedicated service to the association as Chairman, and we look forward to his continued participation on the Executive Committee and beyond.


NYSCMA Board Welcomes New Directors


The NYSCMA Board of Directors has added several new members for 2009. Beginning in January '09, all Producer Members have the opportunity to occupy a seat on the board, or appoint a representative if they desire. A number of Producers have joined the board as a result. New members for 2009 include John Tesiero, Cranesville Block Company, Inc.; Constance Cincotta, Glenwood/Superior Block, Inc.; Joseph Longo, Barrasso and Sons, Inc,; Louis Grasso, Jr., Kingston Block and Masonry Supply, Inc.; and Jeffrey Orvis, Dagostino Building Block, Inc.

If you are a Producer Member who does not currently serve on the board, but would like to participate, please contact Executive Director Nick Carparelli or 2010 Chairman Ri ch O'Connor.




As you can see, the Association and its members have been very busy over the past twelve months, and our plate is full for the New Year. Our budget is in place, and our goals are set for 2010.

Although we continue to face uncertain economic times in the coming months, one thing is certain - together, as an Association, we have a stronger voice and can have greater influence on the direction our industry takes than any single company can on its own. Now, it is more important than ever to participate in and support the association that best represents the overall interest of the concrete masonry industry in the Empire State - The New York State Concrete Masonry Association.

Happy Holidays,

Nick Carparelli
voice:  315 254 0518  315 254 0518

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