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How do you Motivate Your Team?

During my travels to and from our National Surety Association, one memorable trip was to Austin, Tx where I was introduced to “Big” things Texas style.  As they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

This included watching a major college football game (Texas Longhorns) in Austin Stadium, meeting Vince Young, quarterback and Owner of the Vince Young Steakhouse, and coming across a very small book titled ‘Make Your Bed’ by Admiral William H. McRaven, while shopping at the local Longhorns Stadium shop. Continue reading…

Highly Motivated People

Highly Motivated People envision themselves accomplishing great things, they do not blame obstacles but rather thrive conquering them. This does not happen by accident. The great Hall of Fame Football Coach, Vince Lombardi, once said the dictionary is the only place where Success comes before Work. Continue reading…

Happy July 4th to all the Generations

We are celebrating our nation’s birthday this coming weekend, and it offers us a chance to reminisce about the fireworks of our youth. And it also gives us a great opportunity to think about the differences between the generations that came before us, our generation, and those that came later, and the challenges of understanding each other. Continue reading…

Infrastructure and Public Works

Politicians have recently been arguing endlessly about what constitutes Infrastructure.

All they need do is ask any construction worker. The Construction Industry’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ know exactly what infrastructure is, and their replies, in many different languages and colors, will be largely the same. Continue reading…

Are you New to Bonding?

How and where to start?

The answer is pretty straightforward. Like most credit-based facilities, the best time to apply is when you don’t need it. And the absolute worst time is when you must be bonded in order to submit a bid and sign a contract for a job that you desperately want.

Qualifying in advance is more important than ever

In any environment, pursuing opportunities without all your ducks lined up is a risky approach. However, during the pandemic, having a Surety Bond line in place in advance is more important than ever. Continue reading…

Infrastructure 2021

The Biden Administration’s plan looks to spend massive amounts to rebuild aging infrastructure in our country, and that is music to the ears of the construction industry.

Or is it?

The actual infrastructure plan

Download a copy of the proposal, The American Jobs Plan. You will find it interesting reading. This is the actual release document from the White House, and it discusses the objectives and pertinent details of every aspect of the plan.

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Construction Outlook
for 2021

While one decade comes to an end, yet another is set to begin. How will this affect our Industry? What sector is pandemic proof? Where will most of the public and private work come from? These are some of the many questions facing our clients, and we can help.

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What a Year! What a 2020!

In an industry of personal relationships and personal connections, 2020 has tested us all.

We simply want to say thank you to all our friends, colleagues and clients. Thank you for the connections we have maintained and thank you for preserving our high industry standards no matter what comes our way.

As the year unfolded, no one seemed to know what was coming,or even understood what had already transpired. At first, we thought covid might be over in a few weeks, or that it might be like a severe case of the flu. Some thought it would die out with the warm weather. Continue reading…

Additional Pay for Pandemic Costs?

Research funded by two key union contractor associations, covering the electrical and sheet metal trades, recently found an average 18% pandemic related impact from reduced productivity and added expenses. It is quite likely that other contractors, both union and non-union, might experience a similar impact

The Productivity loss is real

The productivity loss stems from a number of causes. For example, workers may remain home due to lack of child-care, or to tend to a sick family member. Continue reading…

Post Pandemic Construction?

For the past five years there has been a slow but steady exodus from city urban living to the suburbs and country communities, mostly due to the ability of corporate America to support employees working remotely.

Will the Pandemic accelerate this migration?

Current popular sentiment is to leave the city for those where mobility does not present an issue, but what about those who are left behind? While suburban developments address the new mobility trends, potentially causing a large boom for the construction Industry as it ties into the USA’s Infrastructure Plan and 5G Rural Broadband, there will also be a major need to upgrade our cities.

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