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Capitalizing on Market Intelligence

In construction, contractors build their strategy on market data that illustrates trends, shifts and projections. This intelligence can lead to tactics for taking advantage of a certain market using the flexibilities of being open shop, plus utilizing technology onsite to ensure profitability and success. 

Veterans Deserve Quality Homes From the Inside Out

CertainTeed is the exclusive provider of roofing, insulation and gypsum products for Homes for Our Troops projects across the United States. Earlier this year, the company added vinyl siding, polymer siding, housewrap and exterior trim to the portfolio of products it donates so veterans have even more options. 

Embrace the Future Through Succession Planning

When preparing a business and its employees for the transition to new ownership, consider the future in a positive light and leave the company in a spot in which it can continue to prosper. 

Spending Stabilizes at Elevated Level; Supply Constraints Become More Apparent

While nonresidential construction spending growth struggles to maintain momentum, the balance of 2016 should prove a rewarding period for many construction companies. America’s consumer-led economic recovery remains in place, and construction backlog remains at elevated levels. 

All Contractors Will Be Affected by the New Lease Standard

  All construction contractors’ assets and liabilities will be affected by the new guidance to some degree, depending on the company’s circumstances. Contractors that have significant fleet leasing activity are likely to feel the change more than contractors with less leasing activity. 

Tackling Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

  Historically, the construction industry has been characterized by a stoic, tough-guy culture. After generations of this old school mentality, the times are changing as progressive contractors weave mental health and suicide prevention into a dominant “new school” culture. 

Texas AEC Industry Supports Inaugural KIDstruction Week

  Dallas-based Schwob Building Company’s presence on a local Friendly Chevrolet project turned out to be the gateway to a new community service opportunity with Children’s Medical Center Foundation, a 501©3 organization that serves as the fundraising arm for Children’s Health System of Texas.

Six Ways to Stay Politically Active

The election season is an exciting time of year with many possibilities for interactions with federal, state and local elected officials. It is vital for employers and employees to take advantage of this opportunity for political engagement and help serve as the voice of the merit shop before the general election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. 

A Shipment of Hope for Haiti

About 20 engineering and construction students at the University of North Florida are outfitting two shipping containers with bedrooms, bathrooms, communal dining space, electricity and climate control systems for Mercy Land Orphanage in Haiti. 

Obama Administration Accelerates Anti-Business Labor Agenda

  As the Obama administration nears its conclusion, federal labor agencies seem intent on issuing as many burdensome and anti-business regulations as possible. Many of the new rules are unprecedented in their scope and change decades of policies on which employers have come to rely. 
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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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