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FOCUS – Construction Safety – Safety records affect profits

DALLAS – How does construction safety impact a company? With over $55 billion spent annually in disabling workplace injuries and illnesses, workplace safety practices have a tremendous impact, both morally and financially, on organizations within the construction industry. In today’s competitive market, organizations are seeing profit margins shrink and are seeking ways to reduce cost and improve their bottom line....

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
02/05/2015 16:43:00 | Viewed: 4
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Focus – Growth rapid, but cost an issue

FORT WORTH– How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Fortunately, the Fort Worth Metroplex has experienced rapid growth in population, as well as increased construction activity in residential, commercial and industrial fields. This growth translates into increased production in my architectural and construction firm since we have experience in site planning, architecture, interior design and general co...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
11/06/2014 17:02:00 | Viewed: 15
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Focus – Business up, labor needed

DALLAS – How would you describe the state of the construction industry? The construction industry in Texas has always been active to some degree. Even with the economic downturn back in 2009, Texas still had more projects in the works than any other state. I relate that to labor costs, cost of living and the Texas government policies in effect that make it easy to not only relocate but build in this state. The Texas Enterprise Fund has been ...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
10/07/2014 15:08:00 | Viewed: 23
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FOCUS – Cost may hinder building design innovation

DALLAS – Why is green building important to your clients? There are two types of clients. The first desires a building to occupy and is more interested in the cost to use it; implementing energy-efficient materials will keep costs down over time. The second client builds something to resell; those clients feel using green materials, and even securing LEED certification on a building, increases its resale value....

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
09/29/2014 19:46:00 | Viewed: 23
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Focus - Industry is in “boom,” labor recruitment expanding

DALLAS – How would you describe the general state of the industry? The general state of the industry is vibrant and flourishing. As for how my company looks at this industry, I could say that our staff would probably call it a “boom,” because right now, what we’re seeing on the ground is a massive need [for labor]. We have experienced a steady increase in business growing at about 170% each year. Our corner of the industry usually follo...

Created by : mpaulcn
08/06/2014 14:23:00 | Viewed: 169
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Focus - Energy slowdown temporary, copper theft not

DALLAS – How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Have you heard of an increase or a slowdown in business? Our construction market focus is Fortune 500 companies in energy and industrial manufacturing. Energy construction has been a bull market for over 10 years and just recently we have experienced a decline in new projects. Industrial construction continues to be a steady source of new and remodel proj...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
07/02/2014 16:26:00 | Viewed: 91
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Accounting - Estate and transition planning, the S Corporation

AUSTIN - S Corporation ownership transition planning must be carefully followed in order to balance the needs of the owners and preserving the S Corporation’s status. A few examples here will show methods using trusts that elect to hold S Corporation stock, using voting and nonvoting stock and a cancelling note....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Insurance - When should I bond my subcontractors?

AUSTIN - As a general contractor, the margins are tight and pretty much any extra expense is too much to bear, but there are times when bonding just a single subcontractor may be worth doing. Years ago, many large general contractors used surety bonds as their primary risk management tool. Today that has largely changed with the widespread use of Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI). However, even though SDI has started to become available for s...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - Helping your lawyer help you in 2018

AUSTIN - As we begin a new year, I want to get you thinking about making the most out of your attorney relationship. Consider these thoughts throughout the year as you work with your attorneys....

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12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA - Outreach training program OSHA 10-hr and 30-hr cards

AUSTIN - The Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. Outreach training does not fulfill the training requirements found in OSHA standards. Employers are responsible for providing additional training for their workers on specific hazards of their job as noted in many OSHA standards. A list of standards re...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0