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CMU checkoff stresses leveraging all its benefits

The concrete masonry industry continues its efforts to establish a national checkoff program to generate long-term funds for product research, designer education and promotion of block’s unique benefits. The current outreach campaign is asking producers to imagine a world that recognizes the universal benefits of concrete masonry.

“The opportunities are vast, guided by our imagination and willingness to collaborate across the industry,” says Major Ogilvie, CMU Checkoff Campaign Chair. Since 2010, the CEMEX executive has been the driving force and public face of the industry’s eight-year campaign, a campaign he calls a long pull.

“Across this industry, everybody was engaged and provided very candid feedback to optimize the legislation. A lot of folks put their helmets on and came out and played with us, and that made a significant difference,” he recalls.

The industry’s collective effort paid off when the US Senate passed the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act in October. “With the passage of the legislation, we are now looking forward furthering the industry’s growth, harnessing the innovation and drive we have across the industry to introduce our products to more designers and end users.”


Attending last year’s National Disaster Resilience Conference, Ogilvie found the cost of recovering from recent large-scale disasters sobering. “Total cost of recent wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes in the US exceeded $300 billion. The concrete masonry industry has the ability to lessen the impact of natural disasters on owners and taxpayers.”

Ogilvie feels that while adopting the national checkoff would grow the industry, it would also allow for stronger, safer communities. “We want concrete masonry structures that shelter people from storms, fires and wind. We want to grow the industry through focusing on creating the best structures possible for our families and our communities.”



Another aspect of the national checkoff would center on educating architects, builders and engineers on current technology available to design structures that leverage all the benefits of concrete masonry.

“Over the past eight years we’ve learned numerous times that designers did not and were not using the modern methods of design for CMU,” says Ogilvie. “What that’s doing is elevating the cost. An immediate opportunity is to develop even more advanced design software so designers can optimize the economics of CMU.”


Funds could also be earmarked for research into new uses and product improvements.


Presently, industry representatives are fanning out across the country to reach every block producer. The goal is to ensure each manufacturer is updated on the complex process to put the checkoff into place.

“Producers are proud of what they do to put quality products in the marketplace,” says Ogilvie. “Working together through the checkoff program, we can do even more for our communities.

Learn more about the CMU Checkoff program and progress, at

Building Information Modeling for Masonry Update


  • IMI – David Sovinski, Mark Swanson, Caryn Halifax
  • IUBAC – James Boland
  • MCAA – Jeff Buczkiewicz, Paul Oldham
  • NCMA – Bob Thomas, Nick Lang

Future BIM-M projects will be considered for funding by the new Executive Committee on a project by project basis. Contact Executive Committee members directly with ideas.

Existing BIM-M activities will be distributed among and administered by organizations within the Executive Committee. These include:

  • BIM-M web site will be maintained by MCAA.
  • BIM Forum contact will be maintained by Mark Swanson, IMI, on behalf of BIM-M.
  • Completion of MUD V2 Jeff Elder with Russell Gentry (BIM-M consultant from Georgia Tech) administering. BIM-M oversight from Nick Lang.
  • MUD V3 will begin once V2 is finalized. 3DiQ was selected as the preferred developer. Nick Lang will manage the project for BIM-M. MUD V3 will be a commercialized version. Manufacturers can decide whether to participate in MUD V3.
  • Mark Swanson will manage the third edition and future improvements of Masonry Wall Library’s REVIT Masonry Content Pack developed by CTC. (free to architects, engineers, users)
  • BIM-M seminars will continue. Funding will be provided by the requesting organization who may contact BIM-M through the web site for opportunities.
  • REVIT to Direct Design introduces interoperability with REVIT and recently released Direct Design with REVIT compatibility completion expected summer 2019.
  • Video available on both under Presentations and titled BIM – The Basics with presentation by Ms. Jamie Davis, PE, providing an updated explanation of BIM plus BIM-M. Specifically prepared for masonry representatives and technical representatives of masonry companies. Available as a seminar or webinar for companies or organizations.
  • Contractor outreach will be continued by Fred Kinateder, through IMI

Executive committee acknowledges contributions of MasonryiQ by 3DiQ,, which continues to grow and expand the ability of users to design and build with masonry.

Belden Holding & acquisition Promotes three as 5th generation of Family Leadership

New Fifth Generation Leaders of Beldens, from left, Bradley H Belden, Brian S Belden, Robert T Belden and fourth generation Robert F Belden remains in top position as chair and CEO

The board of directors of Belden Holding & Acquisition, Inc, parent company of The Belden Brick Company, announced three new management promotions of Bradley h Belden, Robert T Belden, and Brian S Belden at Belden Holding & Acquisition, Inc and Belden Aquisition and Holding, Belden Brick Company, LLC, Redland Brick, Inc, and Belcap, Inc, respectively. These changes, effective as of January 1, 2019, were recommended by the company’s Succession Planning Committee as part of the orderly transition to fifth generation leadership.

Bradley H Belden was named President of Belden Holding & Acquisition, and The Belden Brick Company. He has been with The Belden Brick Company since 2004 and became its Vice President of Administrative Services in 2016. Bradley’s first years at Belden Brick were served in the EH&S Department, then his management responsibilities grew to other departments such as Quality, Purchasing and Customer Service. He implemented efficiencies in manufacturing operations as they relate to energy, raw material consumption and additive usage.

Robert T Belden was named President of Redland Brick. Robert will also continue in his current role as Vice President of Operations at The Belden Brick Company, a position he’s held since 2005. Before joining The Belden Brick Company, Robert joined the Peace Corps serving two years in Jamaica, then went on to work for International Paper from 1998 until 2002. In February 2002, he came to work for The Belden Brick Company.

Brian S Belden was named President of Belcap, a subsidiary of Belden Holding & Acquisition, and a joint venture partner with Acell, Ltd in Arcitell, LLC. Brian will also continue in his current roles as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at both The Belden Brick Company and Redland Brick, positions he’s held since 2016. He has been with The Belden Brick Company since 1997 working in various functions of Sales and Marketing, and today continues with company promotion and sales throughout the United States and Canada.

Brad, Robert T and Brian have been named directors of Belden Holding & Acquisition, The Belden Brick Company, and Belcap. They will also maintain their roles as directors of Redland Brick. Robert F Belden will remain as Chairman and CEO of Belden Holding & Acquisition, and subsidiaries, The Belden Brick Company, Redland Brick and Belcap.

“These appointments are a reflection of the confidence the board of directors of Belden Holding & Acquisition, has in these three leaders from the fifth generation of the Belden Family,” said Robert F Belden on behalf of the Belden Holding & Acquisition Board of Directors. “All three have been effective in their primary areas of responsibility and are dedicated to the success of all the companies under the Belden Holding & Acquisition umbrella. The board feels that these appointments give the Company proper structure to meet the immediate challenges it faces.”

“I am confident that you will join me in supporting Brad, Bob and Brian as they accept these new responsibilities,” said Robert F Belden.

Belden Holding & Acquisition is the parent company of The Belden Brick Company, Redland Brick, Belcap, Belden Brick Sales & Service, dba, Belden Tri-State and The Belden Brick Sales Company.

The Belden Brick Company, is a 134-year old enterprise founded in 1885 by Henry S Belden, Sr. Today, The Belden Brick Company is the largest family owned and managed brick company in the United States and is currently managed by the fifth generation of the Belden family. Operating five brick plants and a sawing facility in Sugarcreek, OH, it also operates and maintains over 180 active oil and gas wells in Ohio’s Tuscarawas and Holmes counties.

Belden Tri-State and The Belden Brick Sales Company are distributors of brick and other construction-related products. Belden Tri- State is headquartered in Manhattan with an office in Philadelphia and stocking yards in New Jersey. The Belden Brick Sales Company is located in Fraser, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Redland Brick, purchased by The Belden Brick Company in 1996, has brick operations in four states: Cushwa and Rocky Ridge Plants are in Maryland; the Harmar Plant is in PA; the KF Plant is in CT; Lawrenceville Brick has two plants in Lawrenceville, VA.

NCMA TEK Note 7-1D Fire Resistance Ratings for Concrete Masonry is Updated

In addition to prescriptive details and tables, this updated TEK is based on calculated fire resistance procedure. It has a spreadsheet calculator for fire resistance ratings so users can determine fire ratings of specific assemblies, including concrete masonry walls, columns, lintels, beams and concrete masonry protection for steel columns. Also included are assemblies composed of concrete masonry and other components, including plaster and gypsum wallboard finishes and multi-wythe masonry components including clay or shale masonry units. TEK is available in the Solutions Center at

Darryl winegar

Darryl winegar is NCMA’S 2019 Chairman of the Board

The NCMA Board of Directors has approved Darryl Winegar to be NCMA Chairman of the Board 2019. As President of Midwest Block and Brick, producer and distributor throughout the Midwest, Winegar has been an active member of NCMA and the industry for many years. He has served on many NCMA committees, including chair of the Sustainability Subcommittee and member of the Convention Committee, Membership Recruitment Committee, SRW Committee and many others. Winegar was first chair of NCMA’s Young Professionals Group, establishing that group as the place for new and younger members of the industry to become involved and grow their professional careers. He looks forward to a productive year as Chair, continuing to move NCMA’s strategic initiatives forward. 573.635.7119 |

James Cain

James Cain appointed next Executive Director of SCMA

Kirk Edens, Chairman of the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) has announced that James Cain, as Executive Director of SCMA, brings more than 20 years experience in sales and market promotion with companies in the aggregate industry, including CEMEX and Titan America. A graduate of Appalachian State University, he is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. 704.352.6831 |

Oldcastle APG Acquires Allied Concrete Products / Eagle Bay Hardscapes

Oldcastle APG has announced the acquisition of Allied Concrete Products. Since 1945, Allied has been an established leader in hardscapes under the Eagle Bay® brand, along with Allied concrete masonry and lightweight aggregates in the Richmond/Tidewater VA region.

In addition to expanding product offerings, the acquisition strengthens Oldcastle APG’s ability to service mid-Atlantic hardscape and masonry installers with a full line of quality masonry paver and wall system products. The acquisition adds two locations to APG’s footprint: a state-of-the-art paver and concrete masonry manufacturing facility in Richmond and a concrete masonry manufacturing facility in Chesapeake.

General Shale Purchases Watsontown Brick

Through its US subsidiary General Shale, the Wienerberger Group recently acquired Pennsylvania-based Watsontown Brick. With this move, Wienerberger broadens its market footprint in the Northeastern US regions of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as in Canada.

Heimo Scheuch, Wienerberger CEO says, “Watsontown Brick, a leading supplier of high-quality facing bricks, is a perfect fit for us. Moreover, this acquisition strengthens our business in the urban construction market in major agglomerations. By swiftly integrating Watsontown Brick into our existing US platform, we will drive the optimization of the company’s performance in terms of costs and products.”

According to Wienerberger, the 110-year-old Watsontown Brick operates a modern and highly efficient production site with four manufacturing lines and a production capacity of 92 million standard brick units.

Harley Ellis Devereaux announced its merger with Integrated Design Group

National design firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) (Southfield, MI) (ENR #185) announced its merger with data center designer Integrated Design Group (Boston, MA).

According to Peter Devereaux, FAIA, Chairman of HED, this is a natural step for the firm. “We are committed to strategic growth that increases the firm’s ability to create positive impacts for our clients and their stakeholders,” he says. “Bringing the ID team into the HED family is a step on our journey toward expanding our expertise and enabling a greater impact for our clients. It also allows us to reach new audiences — both in this new market sector for HED and in all the sectors we serve in the regions surrounding Boston and Dallas.”

Plan to Attend the 13th NA Masonry Conference June 16 – 19, Salt Lake City UT

Tour one of the largest brick plants in the world and carve a brick. Over 150 presentations of accepted technical papers. 10 to 15 innovative technology topics. Two excellent keynote presentations.


Joe Bonifate

Joe Bonifate, president of operations, Arch Masonry & Restoration, Pittsburgh PA, is licensed to work in PA and WV. Value and integrity-based service bring a balance of safety, quality and production. Tech savvy and progressive, second generation mason Bonifate leads the industry in looking for better ways to achieve goals. He embraces old-world craftsmanship and the most current technology, benefiting from the most advanced new products and systems optimizing performance, robots and drones as well as BIM-M software tools optimizing efficiencies. MCAA Region A Vice President, Bonifate is heavily involved in legislative affairs, keeping the voice of masonry heard in Washington DC. 412.564.5733

Tom Cuneio

Tom Cuneio has been developing computer modeling solutions for masonry since 2004. His companies, CAD BLOX LLC and 3DiQ Inc provide leading edge solutions for BIM-M in both design and construction. He is actively developing software and methods to help the masonry industry capitalize on the benefits and efficiencies of BIM technology. Cuneio is an honors graduate of the Mechanical and Aerospace program from the University of Missouri. | 719.232.5570

Fred Dunand

Fred Dunand, began his career across the pond in France in the Ceramics Industry. Since then, his career has taken him to four countries and 13 states. His most recent adventure has Fred using his 19 years’ experience to innovate the concrete masonry industry with his company Saturn Materials. Opened in 2017, Saturn Materials and Fred have embraced continuous innovation daily. Using a high content of fly ash in its product line, Saturn Materials pushes the green envelope in its production of highly-specialized products within the masonry industry. He is currently an active member in NCMA, mentor to the Mississippi State Architectural School, a proud Mississippi resident and Business owner. Dunand is active in many local business and charitable organizations in the Columbus MS area. | 662.798.4797