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Focus – Electrical Industry – High tech, customer savings in electrical industry

AUSTIN – A second annual survey by Klein Tools that found higher percentages of electricians who prefer to work on high-tech installations, and home technology remains the most widely viewed residential trend by electricians. The survey included results from 400 union and non-union electricians....

Created by : cwright
06/27/2016 14:32:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - HVAC and Plumbing – Labor, regulations challenges to industry

AUSTIN – How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms?  Have you heard of an increase or slowdown in business? Trying to predict the construction cycle is tough. The best you can do is prepare your contingencies. In Austin, we’ve had a very good construction economy for a long time now, so I hear concern about the future, but it’s mostly caution and not fear....

Created by : cwright
05/26/2016 20:02:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Concrete Industry – Working together to achieve success

AUSTIN – What are the “hot button” issues in the concrete industry? The “hot button” issue that affects the concrete industry from the ground up is the labor force – finding and keeping workers, more so in the field, not in management roles. We recognize that nothing is accomplished until the first shovel hits the ground, so the men that have that job and the superintendents that run the crews are most important....

Created by : cwright
04/27/2016 15:44:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Women in Construction – Plenty of opportunity for women in construction

SAN ANTONIO – What is your background? I have been in the industry since 1985, starting as a receptionist for a national general contractor.  By the time the company had a layoff I was a project manager.  At this point, in 1990, with a male partner, we opened a carpentry/concrete/miscellaneous specialties company.  By day I worked in the field alongside our crew on commercial projects; by night, I was president of the company and all tha...

Created by : cwright
04/01/2016 18:12:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Women in Construction – More opportunities for women than ever

AUSTIN – What is your background in the construction industry? My parents have owned a construction company for nearly 20 years so I grew up learning the ins and outs of the industry. However, I only started working within the industry in 2009, when Edge was incorporated....

Created by : cwright
04/01/2016 18:09:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Construction Forecast - Construction Outlook: Sweet (and Sour) ‘16

AUSTIN – Texas contractors are facing a varied landscape in 2016. Overall, the outlook is favorable, but the slump in oil and gas drilling will be a major drag....

Created by : cwright-au
12/30/2015 16:11:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Green Building - A green horizon

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? The construction industry as whole is doing fine. There are new projects and new products coming on board every day. Each city faces its obstacles. Our challenges are still the same, lead times for permits are still lagging and the shortage of labor has always been a factor....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
09/13/2017 06:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Best kept secret

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Twenty years ago, contractors were using fax machines, visiting plan rooms and handling mounds of paper to manage the bid process. The Builders Exchange of Texas (BXTX) was in the thick of it, publishing a printed Bulletin, operating a physical plan room and busily making blueprint copies for its members. Then one day, BXTX received its first CD Rom with plans and specs on it and realized that the world was moving rapidly tow...

Created by : rdoebblercn
09/05/2017 22:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - The Economic Loss Rule and construction defect litigation Part 3: Blurred lines, uncertainty, and recent legal developments

AUSTIN - This is the third article in a three-part series about the economic loss rule. As previously discussed, the rule sorts legal claims by distinguishing whether a party can recover under contract or in tort. Thus, how the rule draws the line between contract and tort claims is vital for those in the construction industry. Indeed, if the rule sets a broad scope for contract claims, parties who rely on the certainty provided by certain contra...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 21:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule

AUSTIN - On March 25th, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica. Under this rule, employers are now subject to new standards for protecting workers. As the construction industry approaches the required implementation date of September 23, 2017, it is a good time to review the highlights....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0