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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....

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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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12/28/2017 12:00:00 | Viewed: 0