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Referendum Passes: Commerce Department to Establish First-Ever Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program Beginning December 18

Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) Industry Members Can Apply Now to Be a Board Member

The Department of Commerce today announced the results of the referendum to establish an industry-funded checkoff program devoted to the research, education, and promotion of concrete masonry products. The Concrete Checkoff Program will be the first-ever Checkoff Program at the Department of Commerce.

The referendum, which passed with support from 62% of Concrete Masonry Units (CMU) Manufacturers and 53% of CMU Cavities, makes effective the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Order. The effective date of the order is December 18, 2021. You can view the order at Federal Register Concrete Masonry Products FINAL NOTICE.

The Order empowers a Concrete Masonry Products Board, comprised of industry members appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, to fund and establish research, education, and promotion programs in support of the Concrete Masonry Product industry, subject to the review and approval of the Secretary.

The Department of Commerce is now accepting applications and nominations for Board membership.  Send nominations via email to michael.thompson@trade.gov.

A checkoff program is an industry-supported, industry-led program designed to have industry-wide participation and funding to advance the industry and to create a preference for a product. The purpose of the Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program is to:

  • Strengthen the position of the domestic concrete masonry products industry.
  • Maintain, develop, and expand domestic markets for concrete masonry products.
  • Promote the use of concrete masonry products in construction and building.

For updates, additional information, and a Board application please visit the Department of Commerce Concrete Checkoff page.