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Focus – Specialty Contractors – ASA focuses priorities on issues that directly impact construction subcontractors

AUSTIN – Hundreds of associations represent companies and individuals in the construction industry....

Created by : cwright
09/30/2016 19:19:00 | Viewed: 0
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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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Legal - Four common construction law misconceptions

AUSTIN - Throughout two decades of law practice, I have heard a number of recurring legal misconceptions from clients. Four of the more common construction law misconceptions include:...

Created by : lvelasquezcn
01/29/2018 12:03:00 | Viewed: 0
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Accounting - Tax reform

AUSTIN - The passing of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a historic accomplishment by lawmakers. The act, seemingly, will try to spur our nation’s economic growth and job creation by reducing the tax burden on all job-creating businesses. So what exactly does this mean for contractors? How will the new laws affect the way contractors run their businesses? How much TAX SAVINGS should contractors expect?...

Created by : lvelasquezcn
01/29/2018 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Insurance - How much does a contract bond cost?

AUSTIN - I frequently get asked to provide estimates for the cost of a bond as if I have a slab of meat and the buyer only needs one pound. Sure thing, I’ll just shave off a little and there you go! Of course, it isn’t nearly that simple and as my dad always says, “It depends.” The most common factors that determine rate are the type of work, time until project completion, length of warranty, where the project is located, whether design...

Created by : lvelasquezcn
01/29/2018 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA - Carbon monoxide poisoning

AUSTIN - Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas which interferes with the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. CO is non-irritating and can overcome persons without warning. Many people die from CO poisoning, usually while using gasoline powered tools and generators in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation....

Created by : lvelasquezcn
01/29/2018 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0