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Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the concrete masonry industry. Whether you're looking for fact sheets, real-world examples, news releases, media contacts or overall general information, you'll find everything you need right here. 

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H20 aside, concrete is the most used material on the planet! Despite its ubiquity in modern civilization, concrete masonry units (CMU) are known primarily for their strength, safety, and resiliency. However, other inherent benefits like aesthetics and design flexibility, energy efficiency and ability to lower embodied carbon are underutilized or unknown altogether.
CMC was established with endorsement from the Department of Commerce, and is focused solely on research, education and promotion of concrete masonry. This initiative aims to advance DOC’s strategic goals of increasing demand for domestic products and strengthening our nation’s infrastructure with resilient construction.
The economic and environmental benefits of building with block extend far beyond niche use-cases like stairwells and elevator shafts. With the Checkoff now in place, the next generation of architects, engineers and contractors will never know a world where concrete block is an afterthought.

Resources

This site will be continually updated with the latest information affecting resilient construction. Whether you're looking for spokespeople with a new perspective, stunning examples of CMU structures in the wild, or the latest facts and figures, you've come to the right place.

Contemporary Designs to Carbon Sink and Cost Savings

Newfound Concrete Masonry Checkoff shines spotlight on the unexpected benefits of building with block

More Than Meets the Eye

Concrete masonry units (CMUs) are known for their strength and stability. Learn about other inherent benefits like design flexibility, energy efficiency and low embodied carbon.

Mother Nature-Proof

When it comes to beating the elements, concrete masonry is in a class all its own. Block protects against the damaging effects of fire, flood, wind, pests and more.

Checkoff Funding & Focus

An overview of how the Checkoff functions and its current program priorities.

Recent Masonry Projects

Block is anything but boring. See how communities across the country are using CMU to create curb appeal.

Commercial

  • Fazeli Winery, Temecula, CA, Courtesy of RCP Block & Brick
  • Fazeli Winery, Temecula, CA, Courtesy of RCP Block & Brick
  • Heritage Halls, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • Fuquay-Varina Community Library, Fuquay-Varina, NC, Courtesy of Johnson Concrete Products
  • Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, Kirkwood, MO, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • Alpena Michigan Airport, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • University of North Georgia Instructional Building, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • St. Rita Square, Milwaukee WI, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • Presbyterian Village, Athens, GA, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry
  • REI Co-op, Winter Park, FL, Courtesy of Echelon Masonry

    Residential

    • Paradise Valley, AZ Residence, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • 82 Four Sevens, AZ Residence, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • 82 Four Sevens, AZ Residence, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • Residence in Paradise Valley, AZ, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • Residence in Scottsdale, AZ, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • Residence in Scottsdale, AZ, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • Desert Arrow Residence, Scottsdale, AZ, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
    • Residence in Bellevue, Washington, Courtesy of Mutual Materials
    • Residence in Bellevue, Washington, Courtesy of Mutual Materials
    • Desert Arrow Residence, Scottsdale, AZ, Courtesy of Arizona Masonry Council
      All images are property of the Concrete Masonry Checkoff. Photos may be used for publications pertaining to the Checkoff on websites, blogs, newsletters or any other related marketing materials. Use of images must be properly cited, as noted beneath the photos above.

      In the News

      Stay in the know with our press releases and media coverage, including recent successes, announcements, partnerships and more. Check back regularly for more updates or see below on being added to our release distribution list. 

      Kim Spahn, Checkoff CEO, featured in Concrete Products

      The actions we are taking as an industry speak volumes. And with the first round of programs approved for funding, the Concrete Masonry Checkoff has taken monumental strides to advance the industry.

      Alicia Hodges to Program Director Role

      The Concrete Masonry Checkoff (CMC) announced today that Alicia Hodges will be joining the organization as program director on February 26, 2024.

      New Board Member Announcement

      The Concrete Masonry Checkoff is excited to announce the appointment of our newest Board member, Brian Austin.

      Region Breakdown

      Our checkoff is divided into five committees based on their region in the United States. We recognize that each market is unique and have established five regional advisory committees (RACs), each providing input on their respective region’s priorities. RACs are responsible for developing local and regional programs for submission to the Board for investment consideration.  
      Explore more information on our Regional Advisory Committees.
      Looking to connect with someone in your region?

      Team Biographies

      Learn more about the individuals driving innovation within the concrete masonry industry.

      Kim Spahn

      CEO
      Kim Spahn is CEO of the Concrete Masonry Checkoff Board, and started with the Checkoff in the summer of 2023. With a proven track record of effective leadership, strategic planning and collaborative initiatives, Kim brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role. The Board is confident in her ability to lead the CMC as it develops programs and initiatives to drive demand for concrete block.

      Major Ogilvie

      Chair
      Major Ogilvie is the Chairman of the Board for the Concrete Masonry Checkoff. Major has been a part of the Checkoff since its ideation over a decade ago, and continues to provide his wealth of knowledge to important initiatives facing the industry today. He believes the Checkoff offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform our industry for future generations, while returning concrete masonry to its rightful place as a superior building product.

      Heidi Jandris

      Board Member
      Heidi Jandris is a Board member for the Concrete Masonry Checkoff, and Chair of the Programs Committee. Heidi has held numerous roles at her family-owned block company, and works in technical services at Jandris Block in Massachusetts. She looks forward to being part of a larger, cohesive effort to promote the concrete masonry industry, leading to more masonry design educational programs at the university level.

      Ryan Ross

      Board Member
      Ryan Ross is a Board member for the Concrete Masonry Checkoff, and is the CEO and owner of Block-Lite in Arizona. Ryan is actively involved in the Arizona state volunteer checkoff program and is hoping to see the benefits of that program applied at the national level. Ryan also hopes to see the concrete masonry industry start an apprentice program for machine operators at a national level.

      Checkoff Information

      Who is the Concrete Masonry Checkoff?
      An industry-funded checkoff program devoted to the research, education and promotion of concrete masonry products. Founded in December 22, 2021, the Concrete Masonry Checkoff marks the first-ever Checkoff Program for Commerce, aiming to restore relevance to an industry that shares many of the same economic and environmental goals.
      How does the Concrete Masonry Checkoff work?

      Checkoff investments provide newfound stability in the form of a consistent revenue stream. Producers pay a nominal penny-per- block-sold assessment, which is remitted within 60 days of each quarter’s conclusion. At a minimum, 50% of program dollars are returned to each region relative to their overall budget contribution.

      Having the ability to base programming decisions off definitive numbers enables us to be exceptional stewards of industry investments. All investments made on behalf of the Checkoff must align with one of our six program priority areas, laddering up to our overall mission of driving demand for locally made concrete masonry products.

      What are the program priority areas for Concrete Masonry Checkoff?
      • Design Assistance
      • Concrete Masonry Outreach
      • Educating Design Professionals
      • Marketing
      • Codes & Standards
      • Research & Development
      Does the Checkoff already have funded programs? What are they?
      With assessments underway, it’s been off to the races for CMC. Its first quarter of collections reflected more than 250 million CMUs.

      These investments paved the way for the Board’s approval of 23 new programs, both national and regional. Each program aligns closely with one or more of the focus areas outlined above.

      The 23 approved programs received funding to the tune of $4.9 million, with roughly two-thirds supporting seven national initiatives and the remainder helping to jump start 16 regional programs

      Why do Checkoffs matter?
      The purpose of any Checkoff is to increase demand within a particular industry. Changing behavior is no small feat and requires a concerted effort. The Mango Checkoff, for example, tripled demand over an 11-year period. And the Honey Checkoff is credited with supplanting sugar as the preferred sweetener of Americans. Similarly, the Concrete Masonry Checkoff will be transformational. Learn more about checkoffs and their successes here.
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