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Focus - Service Providers - Servicing ahead

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? I’m cautiously optimistic! The Texas markets have shown steady growth over the years and seem to continue showing this growth....

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07/27/2017 13:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS - Electrical Industry - Gaining strength through adversity

AUSTIN - The current outlook for the electrical industry is strong. The number of construction projects in Texas has been steadily rising for both large and small companies over the past several years....

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06/29/2017 14:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS - Electrical Industry - Electrical horizon

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms?...

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06/29/2017 14:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS - HVAC & Plumbing - Summertime in Texas

AUSTIN - It is that time again in Texas! When temperatures begin to climb, HVAC companies know that their busy season is starting and it is going to last for a solid six months or more. While sagacious owners strive to balance their workload throughout the year, there is no doubt that the cooling season in Texas is the most busy, most stressful, and hopefully the most profitable time of the year....

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05/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS - HVAC & Plumbing - HVAC business heats up

HOUSTON - What is the state of HVAC right now in Houston? I think it’s quietly optimistic. As much as we try not to be, we’re tied to the temperature swings. When it’s really cold in the winters or hot in the summers, we’re busy. We try to promote maintenance and all of those things year-round, and every year is a challenge....

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05/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS - HVAC & Plumbing - Conservation and plumbing codes for all seasons

SAN ANTONIO - Have there been any significant issues in the plumbing industry recently? Of course, everybody’s conserving water. So, all our flush valves, showerheads, lavatories need to be water conserving. The only issue that we’re finding now in the industry is that we’re getting to a point where not using enough water in our water closets, we are not being able to float the material down the pipes as far now, and pipes are becoming mo...

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05/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - Assessing impact of Houston’s overhaul of Floodplains Building Regulation

Houston - On April 4, 2018, the Houston City Council voted to significantly overhaul regulations on building within the 100- and 500-year floodplains. The proposal to amend Chapter 19 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances, the City’s Floodplain Regulation Ordinance, was first introduced in late January and was specifically fast-tracked through the ordinance revision process. Several groups voiced concerns about the unintended consequences o...

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05/30/2018 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Accounting - For retirement-minded contractors, ESOPs offer benefits worth consideringFor retirement-minded contractors, ESOPs offer benefits worth considering

SAN ANTONIO - For some construction company owners ready to retire, selling their business to outsiders or passing it down to relatives seems the easiest and fastest way out the door. There is another option, however, that is growing in popularity: selling the business to employees by means of an employee stock option plan (ESOP). Although not appropriate for every construction company, an ESOP carries several inherent advantages, including the a...

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Focus - Wanted: YOU

AUSTIN - Workforce shortages! The need for more skilled tradespeople! Bring back the trades to the schools!...

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05/30/2018 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - A change in direction

Houston - In addition to his role as president of CFI Mechanical Inc., Chuck Fell served as the president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) in 2014 through 2015. He continues to attend and serve as a past president of the association....

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