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NCMA begins second century equal to challenges new and old

Congratulations to members and staff are the order of the month as the National Concrete Masonry Association observes a 100-year anniversary. One of the oldest groups in building and construction, it shares a century mark with businesses and organizations no less than Ash Grove Cement, Besser Co. and Lehigh Portland Cement, as well as the American Concrete Institute, American Concrete Pipe Association and Portland Cement Association.

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Fire sprinkler safety assumptions dumb down life and death matters

If recent columns on encouraging White House, Departments of Labor, Transportation and Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency actions haven’t made the case, here’s another reason for concrete interests to respect President Donald Trump: He is versed on one of the principal value propositions of cast-in-place, precast or masonry load-bearing assemblies.

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Producer accruals from Tax Cuts accounting near $1 billion mark

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) with which President Donald Trump and his party closed out 2017 is already spurring returns in concrete, aggregates and cement. A lowering of the corporate tax rate from 39 percent to 21 percent, coupled with reduced liabilities for deferred tax payments, is reflected in major operators’ final 2017 financials and stepped up 2018 capital expenditure projections.

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Industry embraces workforce development

Ready mixed and manufactured-concrete producers have enjoyed gradually improving business for much of the past five years. Like employers throughout the economy, many have encountered a tightening labor market, culminating with 2018 unemployment levels approaching 20-year lows and industry-wide prioritizing of recruiting and retaining production and delivery talent.

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Tax reform codifies fairness model for resilient-building advocates

California and New York officials groused at the state and local tax (SALT) deductibility cap in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Proponents of the new law rightly noted how the rest of the country had subsidized those and a few other states whose residents could lower their federal income tax liabilities by itemizing state and/or local income and property tax payments.

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