Lauren Pinch's Articles

Gauging the Impact of OSHA's Crane Operator Requirements

In this spotlight on crane safety, Construction Executive interviewed Hank Dutton, Travelers’ senior technical specialist for construction and risk control, on the impact of OSHA’s new certification requirements for crane operators.

Where the Heart Is

From the outside, the headquarters of hth companies, inc., Union, Mo., looks like a humble construction office—a two-story, tan-colored structure, set back a bit from a country road, with trucks parked outside, a side entrance for the warehouse, an awning bearing the company logo and a light dusting of snow on the front stoop.

But peek inside—where a warm welcome reveals the heart and soul of the company—and it’s evident why Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) selected this family-owned mechanical contracting firm at its 2016 Contractor of the Year. The award is about the employees and their sincere dedication to the betterment of the construction industry. 

Industry Game-Changers

Typically, disruption in the workplace is counterintuitive to productivity. But in terms of creating innovative ways to manage people, processes and technology, the concept of “disruption” isn’t such a bad thing for the construction industry. Change is stirring whether contractors are ready for it or not, and firms that have adopted new ways of managing scheduling and workflows are seeing stellar results—earning the accolades of repeat projects for key clients, as well as happy project partners.

A Diverse Workforce, Built on Merit

In this spotlight on entrepreneurship and diversity, Construction Executive interviewed industry leader Larry Lopez, president and CEO of Green JobWorks, a Baltimore-based staffing company that provides both skilled and general labor to clients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. As the new chair of Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Diversity Committee, Lopez imparts his wisdom on what it means to be a minority business owner in a rapidly changing industry, and the path he envisions for small and emerging contractors to succeed. 

Technology, Insurance and Personnel Drive Safe Auto Programs

In the following Q&A Travelers offers insight on recruiting qualified commercial drivers and integrating them into a company’s safety culture, as well as the impact of telematics on construction fleets and the insurance products needed to limit financial liability.

S&B'S Women's Training Program Makes Strides

In 2015, S&B created a pilot program that provided accelerated, accredited training for female pipefitters. Today the Women’s Training Program is a full-fledged collaboration among S&B, United Way THRIVE and Texas Workforce Solutions, with each organization bringing something special to the training program.

No Bounds to Success

Women business leaders at ABC and throughout the industry will agree, there is no one path to the top. 

Where Skill Meets Ambition

Now in its 29th year, ABC's National Craft Championships showcases that skilled craft professionals are the backbone of construction businesses and an essential asset to the national economy. 

A Good Deed for Good Friday

This past March, Rio Grande Fence Co. donated and installed 560 linear feet of chain link fencing to surround the athletic field at the Global Outreach Developments International (G.O.D. Int’l) headquarters in the underserved Hopewell neighborhood of Old Hickory, Tenn. 

Born to Lead

Be intentional. This is David Chapin’s mantra for leadership in all walks of life. Whether he’s helping run the family business, coaching his son’s baseball team, volunteering for his church—or stepping up to the role of 2016 national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)—he believes everything worth doing should be guided by a plan and a greater purpose.  

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