Orlando, FL. – (March 9, 2015) -- The Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council (FCMEC) held a signing ceremony March 4 to signify their commitment to a program that will help fund masonry education and promotion in Florida.
The event, attended by more than 30 industry executives from various companies was held in the Masonry Lab on the Mid Florida Tech campus in Orlando. Those in attendance witnessed industry producers A-1 Block, Argos Ready Mix, LLC., CEMEX Construction Materials Florida, LLC., Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida, Inc., Prestige Concrete Products, Supermix/Superblock and Titan Florida, LLC. become the first to sign on to support the Act by voluntarily contributing to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, beginning April 1st, 2015.
The council, appointed by Governor Rick Scott, is tasked with bringing together masonry manufacturers and contractors in an effort to plan and conduct training programs, improving access to masonry education, developing outreach programs to ensure diversity and informing the public about the sustainability and economic benefits of concrete masonry products.
“This marks a momentous day for our industry and we look forward to implementing these important educational programs for masons across the state,” said FCMEC Chairman Troy Maschmeyer. “We've been collectively working on this program for a very long time and we are enthusiastic about the many benefits it will bring to the industry."
Pictures of the event are available here: http://www.floridamasonrycouncil.org/fcmec-news/concrete-masonry-education-council-signing-event
When the economy collapsed and construction work slowed, skilled masons, electricians, carpenters, plumbers and other craft and trade workers found themselves having to find jobs in other fields, dropping out of the labor force or retiring.
Now that construction is booming again in the Gainesville area, contractors and subcontractors are faced with a shortage of skilled workers to handle all of the new building and renovation work at the University of Florida, Celebration Pointe, Butler Plaza, new apartment complexes and hotels.
The worker shortage, they warn, could lead to construction delays and higher costs as they have to raise pay to compete for the available workers and bring in more from outside the area, often from areas that are also seeing an increase in construction and a shortage of workers. Read more>
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December 23, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Tyler Kercher and Monica Manolas to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council.
Kercher, 26, of Pensacola, is the executive director of SkillsUSA Florida. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning December 23, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017.
Manolas, 45, of Riviera Beach, is the vice president of human resources for CEMEX. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning December 23, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017.
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