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Concrete Contracting 101

When you get a half dozen contractors talking about the business of concrete construction, two things are clear: They are passionate about what they’re doing, and they each have their own unique ways of solving problems. For the third year now, Concrete Construction hosted an Industry Trends Roundtable, where we invited contractors and representatives from the supply side to talk with us about the issues facing the industry. More

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BBP Concrete, Graf Concrete, and The Kaufman Co.

Concrete Construction recognizes three contractors who have found different (but similar) pathways to success through education, innovation, and relationships. Featured are Gary Burleson's BBP Concrete, Tom Graf's Graf Concrete, and Steve and Marc Kaufman's The Kaufman Co. More

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Mixing It Up

What do an ex-fighter pilot, an engineer, a former Marine, a barn repair specialist, and a surfer have in common? Concrete. On a sunny Friday in May, in Colorado Springs, eight concrete contractors met in a conference room. It's not important how the members came into their professions. What connects this MIX group now is that all the members have concrete construction companies to run and problems to solve. More

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CC 100

Big contractors and small contractors are different. Or are they? In this issue, Concrete Construction presents its first listing of the top concrete contractors in the United States. We've done our best to get information on the big guys, frankly, just because they are big. And yet, many of our conclusions about how the top contractors operate apply equally to the smaller contractors. More

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Taking Control

When it comes to construction, he who has the plan has the control. Obviously, for any project (especially a large one), contractors should produce detailed plans, such as critical path management charts, that identify each phase of a construction project. Unfortunately, contractors seldom devote the same effort to creating weekly plans. And if they do create such plans, contractors seldom use them as their primary planning and communication tool. More

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