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First timer

AUSTIN – Jesse Beckett of Beckett Electrical Services enjoyed a very special time with his 9-year-old son Mackey Beckett and his son’s first buck on a recent hunting trip. –cw. ...

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02/24/2017 19:35:00 | Viewed: 0
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Winter break

AUSTIN – Every year, ICON Plumbing, Heating & Air Ltd. takes trade and project managers and their sons and daughters on the annual Winter in Texas Father-Son Dove Hunt (with a little fishing thrown in!) in Hondo, TX. This was the third annual event on Jan. 6-8. –cw...

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02/24/2017 19:27:00 | Viewed: 0
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Great season

AUSTIN – A.T.C. Contractors James Roppolo’s grandchildren had a banner hunting season this year, with Jessica, 13, grabbing a turkey and an 8-point deer, and Kyle, 11, snagging a 9-point buck. The kids were hunting on their grandfather’s ranch in Lake Victor. –cw...

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02/24/2017 19:25:00 | Viewed: 0
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Fishing is patriotic

AUSTIN – Patriot Erectors in Dripping Springs took a 60-hour deep sea fishing trip Feb. 7-10. –cw...

Created by : cwright
02/24/2017 19:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Let’s go fishing!

AUSTIN – At Minyard & Sons Services and Centex Spiral Pipe, owned by Richard Minyard and his sons, Matt and Brian, the whole gang loves to go to the coast and fish. In January, the staff was invited to come along and do some serious angling with Gulf Coast Sport Fishing. –cw...

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02/24/2017 19:18:00 | Viewed: 0
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Ham for the holidays

AUSTIN – Shannon Boyd, CPD, LEED AP and CEO at BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in Austin and his father slightly lessened the feral hog population during a recent hunt in Taylor County. Way to go!...

Created by : cwright
01/25/2017 22:24:00 | 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....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
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...

Created by : rdoebblercn
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...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
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....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0