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

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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?...

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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...

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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....

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