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Reshaping the Construction Industry

After reporting on hurricanes for more than a decade, I can tell you one of the unfortunate realities is that unscrupulous contractors will absolutely try to take advantage of those with significant or even minor property damage in their quest to make a quick buck.
August 30, 2017
Prayers for all the Harvey victims, survivors, and volunteers! God bless you all!
August 29, 2017
Glendale, California, located in Los Angeles County and home of baseball’s Doger Stadium, is also the home of Calcrete Construction, Inc. – a company that has been charged with a $6.3M Misclassification and Wage Theft Lawsuit by the State of California’s Labor Commissioner’s Office.
August 28, 2017
This year, Labor Day is even more meaningful because there has never been greater opportunity for America’s workforce, particularly through careers in construction. Associated Builders and Contractors estimates that the construction industry needs to hire a staggering 500,000 workers just to fill a backlog of existing jobs. That number could jump to one million jobs once America’s infrastructure rebuilding initiative is underway.
August 25, 2017
Productivity in the construction industry in the United States has fallen by about half since the 1960s, according to a report in The Economist.
August 24, 2017
A first in Texas effort is underway in the Houston area to offer a new electrician apprenticeship program for high school students in the Spring Branch Independent School District.
August 23, 2017
According to a recent study by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the construction industry has the 2nd highest number of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) cases at 14.3% behind the Accommodations and Food Services industry at 16.9% for those workers between 18 and 64. 
August 22, 2017
On July 21, six Texas Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its member companies renewed their partnership and established a two-year agreement with the Texas offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor (OSHA), in order to recognize the importance of ensuring a safe and healthy work environment in the construction industry.
August 21, 2017
This is the third and final installment in our discussion of succession, an important and relevant topic, because over the next three to five years, the majority of construction companies will experience the retirement of their baby boomers, now filling key senior leadership roles, including the CEO. We have discussed the limited options to sell their companies that most traditional building general contractors have. In almost all cases, the only option is to sell it internally it internally – to family members or to a key group of employees – or to create an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
August 18, 2017
Hallie Busta over at Construction Dive recently published an article entitled “Seeing the Light: How Linbeck gives shape to James Turrell’s luminous art” in which she interviews the Houston contractor Linbeck about the skill needed to meet the rigorous demands of artist James Turrell for his light exhibitions.
August 17, 2017