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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....

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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 – Construction Equipment - Xtreme

AUSTIN – Xtreme Manufacturing’s XR4030 heavy-duty rough terrain telehandler can lift up to 40,000 lbs....

Created by : cwright
12/03/2015 19:29:00 | 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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05/30/2018 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Wanted: YOU

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

Created by : cwiatrekcn
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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05/30/2018 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0