By Richard Trimber

Recently, I visited a specialty contractor client’s jobsite to meet with the superintendent about a change initiative. Etched neatly on the recently poured concrete near the entrance, I saw insulting graffiti about the general contractor my client is working with. My thought was “that contractor has a really poor internal reputation; at least we don’t have that problem.”


By Lawrence Dany III and Patricia Gorham

In recent years, government investigations and enforcement actions relating to compliance with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs have become more prevalent, causing concern among contractors and suppliers alike. These programs exist at the federal, state and local levels and generally require that a certain percentage of work on government-funded contracts be performed by disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). DBE programs are designed to stimulate business opportunities and are intended to aid small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses in gaining access to opportunities on government contracts and construction projects.


By Michael Kurzman

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the cranes have returned to Florida. Not whooping cranes, but tower cranes – those tall, long-jibbed metal monsters that swing over high rise construction projects and neighboring properties. After the great recession, the tower cranes have returned with a vengeance.

 MARKETING 01A little communication can go a long way for contractors.

By Chris Martin

The frantic pace of today’s business environment means that one of the most important building initiatives, the effort of building relationships, often falls by the wayside. Continuous and consistent communication with customers is critical during the frenzy of meeting tight deadlines. One of the most efficient ways to keep in contact is via marketing.

 WORKPLACE WOES 01The construction industry may be flourishing, but finding workers is not easy.

By Jim Lappin

Hiring managers have their fingers directly on the pulse of the U.S. economy, and they're feeling a steady heartbeat of demand, particularly in the cyclically sensitive construction industry. Within the last 60 days across the United States, advertised management roles in construction have grown by almost 27 percent, with 62 percent growth across all construction and extraction occupations. Population growth, deteriorating infrastructure and aging buildings are driving demand for executives who can stay in front of current and future trends.

 RENT VS OWN 01Fewer and fewer contractors are buying and owning their construction equipment.

By Tim Hyer

When people hear the word “construction,” their minds often become filled with images of equipment – excavators, backhoes and forklifts.  Heavy equipment and contractors go hand-in-hand since it takes the right tools to get the job done.  Some contractors even name their trade based on the types of equipment they use – excavation contractors, demolition contractors and asphalt paving contractors, for example.

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