Masonry Construction Job Fair

On Wednesday, March 13, Rick Miller and Doug Sheaffer represented York Building Products at the Masonry Construction Job Fair and Industry Advisory Committee meeting at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The event was held at the college’s Masonry Construction lab. 

Industry representatives were able to see the Masonry Construction hands-on labs and some of the projects the students are working on. They also met with 1st and 2nd year students looking to make connections for careers after graduation and for internships over the summer. Rick and Doug also participated in the spring Industry Advisory Committee meeting (a discussion with technical faculty and other industry representatives about current trends in the industry and curriculum changes).

Rosetta Outcropping Wall

Rosetta Outcropping Wall is a great choice when you have a site retaining wall that must provide appealing aesthetics. This wetcast big block system is colored at the plant (through body pigmentation) to provide beautiful weathered stone textures. It consists of 14 different pieces that are 18″ deep and assembled in predetermined patterns and percentages. The design software provides a color coded wall profile so that the contractor can easily install everything to create the desired wall dimensions. Gravity walls can typically be built to 5′ tall (depending upon soils and loading conditions) and taller walls can be engineered with geogrid reinforcing or stabilized aggregate backfill. The units interlock to create an extremely strong structure, while the consistent dimensions allow very fast installation in the field. The uses and configurations are limitless- from minor grade changes on a residential project to a massive reinforced wall on a commercial job. Keep it in mind for next wall project where your client has a highly visible wall that needs to look really nice.

York Building Products Receives PCMA Platinum Safety Awards

On Thursday 1/17/19, York Building Products was honored with recognition for plant safety at the annual PCMA Membership Dinner. YBP received six Platinum Safety Awards for Zero Recordable Injuries at the following plants:

  • Loucks Mill Plant
  • Middletown Plant
  • Thomasville Specialty Plant
  • New Holland Plant
  • Lintel Plant
  • WORKRITE Plant

Congratulations to our fantastic plant personnel who, due to their daily focus on safety, have rightfully earned this honor.

York Building Products Supports Another Eagle Scout Project

Boy Scout Evan Cashman from Lake Meade Troup 88 in East Berlin, PA, chose to build a retaining wall at the East Berlin Community Park for his Eagle Scout project. The retaining wall would surround a large flower bed and illuminated flag pole.

After approval was given by the park board, Evan then needed to acquire the material and provide the labor to complete the project.

Park Board member, Doug Sheaffer of York Building Products, offered to help. After a few meetings with Evan and his father Rick, York Building Products donated the Keystone Retaining Wall block to build the 15’ x 15’ square retaining wall around the flower bed and flag pole.

Evan and his crew did an excellent job! York Building Products was honored to work with Evan on his project. Congratulations Eagle Scout Evan…FINE JOB!

Solution to Limited Distance for Excavation

When you need a retaining wall in a cut situation but have limited distance for excavation, do not rule out segmental block. By using stabilized aggregate (a.k.a. no-fines concrete or permeable concrete), the system depth can be significantly reduced to about 40% of the wall height vs. about 75% for geogrid reinforcing. The stabilized aggregate material is ready-mix concrete without sand (just Portland cement and gravel), so it both increases the mass to allow the wall to be a gravity structure and also provides drainage. There is no geogrid or stone required, just block and ready-mix concrete. This technology is being used more widely as sites become increasingly constrained and walls are against property lines. It is also a great solution when there are obstacles behind a wall such as an existing wall, rock or utilities.

stabilized aggregate screenshot

2019 CSI Exhibitors’ Show- Richmond, VA

Construction Specifications Institute – Exhibitors’ Show

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8A-4P
Westin Richmond Hotel
6631 Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
FEATURED: Architectural masonry products and WORKRITE® masonry cements.

November Webinar Series – Acoustical Masonry Products

Acoustical Masonry by Sound Seal positively improves sound quality within interior rooms and outdoor environments. SOUNDBLOX & Sound Cell CMUs, which are manufactured by York Building Products, are significant tools architects can utilize to solve noise pollution.

Since product knowledge and the ability to offer reliable advice are requisites for the effective promotion of any concrete masonry product, we are happy to announce that Kerry VonDross, Acoustical Concrete Masonry Consultant, will be hosting a 45 minute webinar on understanding and promoting Acoustical Masonry. This webinar will be held on Thursday, November 8th, 15th and 29th at 2:30 pm EST. Click here to sign up for this informative webinar and learn all about the great products we have to offer.


MCACP Complimentary Masonry “Cram Session”

Registration for MCACP’s “Cram Session” on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the corporate office of York Building Products is now open to architects, designers, engineers, MCACP members, and lead facility representatives. Please feel free to share this information with appropriate colleagues.

Session 1: “Architectural Enhancement – Aesthetical Design with Concrete Masonry”
Session 2: “Drained and Back-Ventilated Rain Screen Cladding Design”
Session 3: “Changes to Masonry from the 2009 to the 2015 Building Codes”
Session 4: “Building with Clay Brick Shapes”

Seating is limited! Registrations are first come, first served! While there is NO FEE for the seminar, you must be registered to attend. Lunch is included! Deadline to register is Friday, October 26!

Click here for a Registration Form. There are three easy ways to register:
By Email: moc.l1553454822iamg@1553454822ranim1553454822esyrn1553454822osam1553454822. If emailing, please feel free to just provide your name, company, and contact info. You do not need to scan the form.
By Fax: (540) 441-7880
By post: MCACP MFTA Seminar, P.O. Box 3216, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Cram Session Flyer 2018-1

York Building Products Donates School Supplies

For over 15 years, York Building Products has been partnering with Charlestown Elementary School, where 43% of the students are eligible for free and reduced cost meals. We have donated money and in-kind gifts for school improvements and supplies each year that would not have otherwise been funded by the school system. Through discussions with the Principal, we decided to furnish those students in need with backpacks and school supplies. We hope this enables the students to focus on their education and a rewarding career path for the future.

Rock Garden at Kenmore Elementary School

York Building Products recently donated cobbles to Kenmore Elementary School in Elkton, MD. Students painted the rocks and created a rock garden at the entrance to spread joy and positivity to others as they enter the school.