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IMI is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and their contractors, promoting quality masonry construction.

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As Sovinski Retires, Ingraffia Steps into Role of IMI National Director of Industry Development

David Sovinski, National Director of Industry Development at the International Masonry Institute (IMI), retires September 1 after 28 dedicated years supporting the growth of the International...


Building Code Update Gives Designers Flexibility to Use Larger Exterior Adhered Porcelain Tile

An update to the International Building Code (IBC) will allow designers to use adhered porcelain tiles as large as 48x48 inches or 36x72 inches on building facades.


International Masonry Training and Education Foundation Announces DiPerna as National Director of Apprenticeship and Training

The International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF) is pleased to welcome Anthony DiPerna, President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 3 New York, as National...


Save Our Apprenticeships: Join the Fight Against Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs)

The future of the union masonry industry and our gold standard registered construction apprenticeship programs is at risk. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed Industry Recognized...


2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Winners

Twenty-four apprentices have emerged victorious in the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, representing not only the best in their trade, but a bright future for the union.  The winners...


Top Apprentices to Face Off In International Skills Contest

Skilled apprentices from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ (BACs’) will vie for the title of International Champion in their craft at the 2018 BAC/IMI International...


APT Terra Cotta Restoration Workshop Positions IMI & BAC as Leaders in the Field

IMI and BAC Local 3 New York partnered with the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) to host the Terra Cotta Restoration Workshop at APT’s 2018 Annual Conference and 50th...


NADAAA Founding Principal Katherine Faulkner, AIA to Deliver Keynote at Masonry Camp 2018

Katherine Faulkner, AIA, founding principal of NADAAA, will deliver the opening keynote at Masonry Camp 2018, a nationally-recognized design-build training program that brings together talented...


11 BAC Members Earn Instructor Certification, Strengthen Union’s Quality Training

Eleven members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) graduated from IMI/IMTEF’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) this September.


Registration Open: JBC Innovation in Masonry Competition Rethinks Future of Masonry Design and Construction

IMI's Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition challenges architects, engineers, students, and firms to imagine the future of masonry design and construction. This year, participants...


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