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Passion for detail

SAN ANTONIO - Years ago, schools offered classes in specialty trades and other skills that would help individuals succeed after high school. Some of us knew these to be VO-Tech classes. Larry Acosta remembers these classes all too well because he was a student at Thomas Jefferson High School in the mid ‘70s and that is where he learned the trade of carpentry....

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Open house spectacular

SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds came in. Shuttle after shuttle after shuttle to attend the Alterman Open House Spectacular Dec. 6 held at the Alterman corporate office. -cmw...

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Going with the times

SAN ANTONIO - Migrant farmer workers growing up, Chicho, Rigo and Israel Flores started a drywall construction company in 1969 in Houston, TX. After a few years in business, the brothers saw the need for a gypsum supply house to help supply their growing need for drywall. So they opened a supply house of their own, Builders Gypsum Supply....

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A supporting hand

SAN ANTONIO - In 2002, McQuay International (now Daikin Applied) reached out to Toronto based HTS Heat Transfer Solutions because they no longer had a representative present in the Houston market. As a result, HTS made the decision to branch out to the United States. Soon after in 2003, San Antonio- based Envirotex was bought out by HTS and has been a growing fixture in the San Antonio and Austin markets....

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Celebrating a journey

SAN ANTONIO - Celebration is in the air, or rather the pipes and drains. Albert and Patricia (Trisha) Ramirez are celebrating their business, A-RAM Plumbing for hitting 20 years of service in San Antonio....

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Back in the family

SAN ANTONIO - With a model D grader, a dump truck and a roller made out of a hot water heater, Virgil Knowlton started V.K. Knowlton Construction & Utilities Inc. out of his mother’s garage in 1960. “Granddad would pull the roller he made behind his tractor to flatten base,” says Jed Knowlton, general superin- tendent....

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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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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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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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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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