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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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A clean landscape

AUSTIN - Back in the ‘80s, a group called Clean Cut went public after growing substantially, was then traded and ultimately bought out under an umbrella of a company called Service Master. With a five-year non-compete with their main partners and principals, Clean Scapes, was started as a private company in June 2005....

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Starting the next chapter

AUSTIN - It’s been ten years since Collins and Janna Johnson started Pinpoint Strategies Inc. in August of ’07 as a commercial painting contractor....

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Turn right at the chicken

AUSTIN - When getting ready to make a career move, long-time buddy Gray Richardson, partner and co-owner, convinced James Gould, partner and co-owner to start up a roofing business of their own. Having just hit their 5-1/2 year mark in business, Intrepid Roof Systems is going full steam ahead....

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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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Best kept secret

AUSTIN - 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 toward elect...

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Focus - Opportunities are up in architecture

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? It’s wonderful! The level of activity and optimism is fueling tremendous opportunities....

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Legal - Taking cover after the storm

AUSTIN - This hurricane season is on track to be one of the most active seasons of record. Hurricane Harvey hit a vast portion of the Texas coast and affected numerous construction projects. A hurricane of this magnitude results in delays and added costs to projects. As projects get back on track after Harvey, contractors should re-review their contracts to ensure compliance with all notice and documentation requirements, if there is a time an...

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Insurance - Game of drones

AUSTIN - What do the U.S. military, Super Bowl LI, Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Austin City Limits Music Festival and the construction industry have in common? All have utilized drones to enhance the activity at hand. From search and rescue operations to documenting artistic performances to monitoring projects for safety and quality control, commercial drones (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems”) are becoming an increasingly predominan...

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Accounting - Potential payroll pitfalls

AUSTIN - Your focus is your company’s growth, but you might be jeopardizing that growth if you’re not aware of various payroll pitfalls. Voluntary compliance with IRS regulations can save hours of time and thousands of dollars in penalties and assessments in the event of an audit, so it’s important to understand how to avoid these issues before that happens....

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