International Masonry Institute Blog

Reviving Ruins in the Former Flour Milling Capital of the World

When it opened in 1880, the Washburn A Mill Complex in Minneapolis was the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world, helping put the city on the map. It’s no wonder the...

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National Apprenticeship Week and Why it Matters

Last week, we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week by spotlighting the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ talented apprentices from across the country. This showcase...

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From Helmets to Hard Hats: Hardworking Coast Guard Vet Finds a Career in the Trowel Trades

On Veterans Day, IMI is proud to honor the brave men and women who have served our country, and especially those who have gone on to find thriving careers with the International Union of...

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Durability of Tile Assemblies

Ceramic tile is a durable material able to withstand heavy loads, high impact, and the wear that comes with decades of continual use. In recent years, competing materials like LVT have emerged,...

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New Class of Certified Instructors Equipped to Teach the Trowel Trades Nationwide

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) and International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF) have a lot to celebrate this month. Eleven members of the International Union of...

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IMI Director Scott Conwell Receives Prestigious Cesery Award for Contributions to the Tile Industry

IMI Director of Industry Development and Technical Services Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, is the 2021 recipient of the Tile Contractors’ Association of America’s (TCAA’s) prestigious...

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BAC Local 2 Michigan, IMI/IMTEF Help Reimagine Detroit’s Transportation Hub

A version of this article originally appeared in BAC Journal, Issue 4 2020, and is reprinted here with permission.

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5 Masonry and Tile Healthcare Trends to Watch

Healthcare facilities, including hospitals and outpatient clinics, have seen increased scrutiny and fiscal pressures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Designers and facility managers are...

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3 Black Training Leaders Discuss How to Support People of Color in Your Union

A version of this article originally appeared in BAC Journal, Issue 2 2020, and is reprinted here with permission in honor of Black History Month.

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Registered Apprenticeships Strengthened Under Biden Administration

This week, the Biden Administration took important steps to shore up registered apprenticeship programs – including by rescinding the Executive Order that created Industry Recognized...

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