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Focus – Construction Equipment – Cat

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Caterpillar introduced its new 304.5E2 XTC (Xtra Tool Carrier) into the Mini-Excavator lineup, delivering industry leading innovation. The addition of a Skid Steer Coupler Interface offers unique worksite versatility by giving the ability to attach a Skit Steer Work Tool onto the 304.5E2 XTC....

Created by : cwright
11/28/2016 20:29:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Construction Equipment – Bobcat

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Bobcat compact track loaders and excavators are the perfect winning combination. ...

Created by : cwright
11/28/2016 20:26:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Specialty Contractors – Outlook “conservative but positive”

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Overall, everyone we speak with, from glazing contractors, consultants and architects, etc., the feeling is a conservative, but positive, outlook going forward. More monies are being released for government projects, as well as hospitals and schools, which is always a good sign of continued growth. We’ve also seen a significant increase in mu...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
09/30/2016 19:29:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Electrical Industry – Competition stiff, eye on economy

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Have you heard of an increase or slowdown in business? It’s certainly no secret that the market is booming right now with all the corporate relocations and the resulting housing needs. With that said, we continue to see stiff competition for every project we pursue, from the smaller ones to the giant corporate effort ongoing in the Plano/Fris...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
06/27/2016 16:05:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - HVAC and Plumbing – Why Variable Refrigerant Technology (VRT) matters

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – John Reynal’s company is entirely focused on promoting and installing Variable Refrigerant Technology (VRT). We asked him if he could explain why it is important and how it is different....

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
05/27/2016 15:30:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Concrete Industry – Economy strong, but labor shortage a stressor

FORT WORTH – What are the “hot button” issues in the industry? It seems like the problem for contractors across the board is a shortage of qualified labor, because the work is definitely there – it’s been there for two years – but the labor is the issue....

Created by : cwright
04/27/2016 15:50:00 | 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