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Honest and true

AUSTIN - After loosing a finger on the job, Bibiano Morales II found it hard to find work he says due to the workers compensation claim that was filed. But he did not complain, his wife did not complain. They knew they had each other....

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08/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Trees in construction

AUSTIN - Probably one of the oldest companies ever featured in Construction News, Davey Tree was established in 1880 in Ohio. And no, 1880 is not a typo....

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08/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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A dragon in plumbing

AUSTIN - Gilbert Jimenez began his plumbing career 30 years ago while in high school in Philadelphia. Although he did not finish high school, he was able to continue his interest in plumbing. “I dropped out of high school and high school shipped me off to Job Corps in 1981. After graduating from Job Corps in 1983, they sent me to San Antonio. I got my journeyman’s license in 1985 in Texas.” He enjoyed plumbing so much; he decided to sti...

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Painting 10 years

AUSTIN - While attending the University of Texas studying business, Scott Miller, owner of Tex Painting found an opportunity to learn entrepreneurship through a program that taught business through running a small painting business. “I learned as a student and then when I graduated, I saw an opportunity and that’s how I got started,” says Miller. Miller established Tex Painting in 2007 after graduating from the University of Texas....

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Framing with the times

AUSTIN - Carlos Morales started out in construction as a helper framing houses in 1995 when he was 19 years old. By 1998, Morales had his own crew and working as a dba. Today, at 43, he is the owner of Azteca Framing & Construction. The company was first set up as just Azteca Framing in early 2000, but after the economy began to fall, he added remodeling to his services and changed the name of the company to Azteca Framing & Constructi...

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Basking in the sun

AUSTIN - By the age of 14, twin brothers, Eric and Derrick Hoffman were working summers doing electrical work with their father, gaining apprenticeship hours. When they were 18, they had both acquired enough hours to take their journeyman’s exam and by age 19, they had their journeymen licenses. With only four years to go to acquire the coveted Master Electrician license, the boys continued on their path, following in their dad’s footsteps....

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07/27/2017 13:02:00 | 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....

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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...

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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...

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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....

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08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0