Working together as an industry, we've marked many milestones in our effort to establish a national checkoff for concrete masonry. Now, yet another – the conclusion of the CMU Checkoff Referendum. Many of you know how strongly I feel about the opportunities that will come with a national, mandatory checkoff and I am optimistic that we will have a positive vote. But even more important than the decision to move forward with a checkoff, is the commitment from each of us that will move forward as a united industry.

What first began as a conversation with a small group of producers who were looking for a way to create a sustained flow of resources focused on growing demand for block, evolved into a multi-year effort engaging over a thousand people from our small industry to pursue a common vision. We are all simply striving for a better today and a better tomorrow for concrete masonry, benefiting generations to come.

While there were certainly differences about how to achieve that vision, I have been humbled by how producers, suppliers, and contractors rallied to this cause with passion. I want to thank those who invested so much to get us here and to thank those voting for giving this decision the thought and consideration it deserves.

Regardless of the outcome of this referendum, this long process has taught us one thing: whenever we unite and work together to put block back on top we all benefit.

Major Ogilvie
CMU Checkoff Chairman

Current Status:

As of November 15, the 30-day referendum period is officially closed.

According to this November 16, 2021 federal register notice, "...the effective date of the final rule published September 15, 2021, at
86 FR 51456, is delayed until December 18, 2021."

"There have been longer-than-expected delays in delivery of timely completed ballots, and the Department wants to ensure it has time to adequately review and process all ballots received," reads the DOC notice.

Further updates will be posted here as they become available.

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The CMU Checkoff Initiative was created by producers frustrated with continual loss of market share. That frustration was compounded when program ideas surfaced that could drive demand, but there was no way to fund multi-year, well-funded programs that would change outdated perceptions of CMU.

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