March 2016
Wisconsin-based construction company leads the industry in green building
General contractor, Miron Construction Co. Inc., integrates a focus on sustainability and quality into all of its projects. But at the heart of the company, relationships with its customers and design-build partners are where it credits its success. Patrick G. Miron founded the company in 1918. and...
How can construction business owners combat the labor shortage?
Michelle Stedman Michelle Stedman Vice President of Operations BirdDogHR A company’s main asset is its employees. Without an engaged workforce, businesses cannot remain successful. It’s difficult when leaders are wearing many hats, but human resources should be one of the top priorities, with...
6 ways to limit the introduction of contaminants in equipment components
Critical machine components can be expensive to replace, so it is important that service technicians do everything they can to protect equipment investments and create the cleanest environment possible. You must adopt a clean-shop mindset to ensure the most productive environment possible. Cleaning...
Craft a better connection between your customers & the firm's strategic plan
The days of "send it and forget it" are over. As consumers, we are inundated with millions of advertisements. Fortunately for the trees, more of the sophisticated builders have migrated to an electronic media. However, with little to no constraints on emailing, tweeting and Facebook posting, buyers...
6 tips for handling technology distractions in the construction industry
Our culture of interruption is everywhere. I recently observed a construction jobsite where a project manager and three laborers were working. I had seen them work together as a team and knew them to be hardworking and proud of the quality of their work. But, evidently, it was not a normal day...
Realize the value of de-identifying & reconditioning vehicles
As a matter of course in running your construction company, there will come a time when you will be faced with upgrading your fleet and deciding what to do with older vehicles. One option is to resell them, but in doing so, you raise issues regarding de-identifying vehicles to protect your brand...
5 trends to watch & how to drive safety best practices in your firm
Early indicators suggest that 2016 will bring many challenges to environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken measures to push through long-awaited regulatory shifts that empower the agency to...
3 primary approaches to take right now to prepare for the future
Whether you are currently in the process of retiring or selling your business, or it is just a thought a few years away, the first step is to determine the value of your company. Business owners often make the mistake of not fully understanding the total value of their company. Owners tend to...
Improve fleet performance with these selection, maintenance & usage tips
Proper tire care contributes enormously to the overall safety of a construction fleet, and managers should pay attention to what does (and what doesn’t) constitute good tire safety practices within their fleet. By eliminating possible tire-safety concerns at the onset, owners can keep their...
Best practices to ensure SCR-based, Tier 4 engines & systems experience optimal uptime & productivity
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is not new to the construction industry. In fact, the first heavy construction equipment with DEF was introduced almost 5 years ago. On-road trucks with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) have been in use for quite some time. However, a new aspect to consider is the...
Don't let this networking tool create disaster for your business
Like children with a shiny new toy, adults introduced to social media jumped in and started playing: posting personal photos to Facebook, accepting friendship requests from long-lost high school pals and checking into every location. Suddenly, users got an inside look into the lives of people they...
2 key provisions every construction business owner needs to keep in mind
Last December, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law a much-publicized, more than $600 billion tax bill that will have major implications for the construction industry in 2016 and beyond. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act extended a number of crucial tax incentives,...
Operationalize safety to transform your business
Out of all of the private sector fatalities in 2014, one in five occurred in the construction industry. This statistic doesn't include the amount of injuries that are seen in the field every year, which are regularly numerous and often perilous. Many business owners understand the inherent dangers...
World of Concrete 2016 fosters growth with its largest trade show in 7 years
In its 41st year of showcasing innovative products, equipment and machinery and new technologies for the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, World of Concrete 2016 held its largest show since 2009. This year’s show spanned 743,889 net square feet of the Las Vegas Convention...
Master the latest methods for optimizing work trucks on the jobsite
Because a typical fleet spends a large portion of its total operating budget on energy or fuel, fleet managers are always looking for ways to reduce energy costs. There are really only two methods for doing so: consuming less of the energy you are currently using or switching to a lower-cost energy...
Why leaders should kick old business habits to get new results
Whether it's right or wrong, most construction business owners continue to run their projects and manage their companies the same way they always have. When the economy was strong, there was enough work to manage your company like everyone else and still produce a reasonable margin. As the economy...
A knowledgeable management team mitigates risk & builds a safer jobsite
The old adage, “You don’t know what you don’t know,” is true for many managers and supervisors when it comes to crane operations. If a worker has never attended mobile crane operator training or had any hands-on exposure, chances are their mobile crane knowledge is limited. Site management doesn’t...