Educating Clients on Budgets

How many projects that we build actually match what we budgeted? Do plans and specs matter, or are they more like guidelines?      Everything about bidding seems to be harder than it used to be, and the increase in construction pricing has made it harder for builders to get projects within the owner’s […]

Estimating, Ceilings and More

Our primary focus this month is on bidding, and the two outstanding articles in this issue address that subject in one way or another. The first article (page 24) may make estimators re-think their bidding processes, and the other (page 30) could make your jaw drop when you see and hear about the specialty […]

Sto Corp. Announces Two Key Personnel Changes

Sto Corp. announces two key personnel changes to its top ranks.      In sales, Mark Orlando has been promoted from South region sales manager to vice president, sales. Orlando has been with Sto Corp. for more than eight years and has consistently exceeded expectations in domestic sales. He has also been highly successful […]

Rockfon North America Names New President

Rockfon North America, part of ROCKWOOL Group, has named Kirill Fedorovskiy as its new president effective April 1. Fedorovskiy will assumed the role from John Medio, who helped establish and drive the Rockfon brand in North America, and successfully led the business to its current market position.      Kirill Fedorovskiy brings with him […]

ClarkDietrich Names New VP of Marketing

ClarkDietrich has announced the promotion of Jennifer Edgar to vice president of marketing. Edgar assumes the role following the retirement of Terry Westerman, who has held the position since 2005.      Edgar has more than 20 years of experience in various sales leadership and marketing roles. Before her promotion she spent six years […]

Plastic Components Inc. President Thomas S. Stark Passes Away

Plastic Components sadly reports the sudden death of its longtime president Tom Stark, on March 6, 2023. He was 69. Stark was born in South Florida in 1953, Stark attended the University of Florida and earned his degree in accounting. He became president of the company in 1977.

Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Higher in January

National nonresidential construction spending increased by 0.3% in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $968.7 billion for the month.      Spending was down on a monthly basis in seven of the 16 nonresidential […]

Total Construction Moves Higher in February

Total construction starts rose 6% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $912.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. During the month, residential and nonresidential building starts rose 11% and 9% respectively, and nonbuilding starts declined by 5%.      For the first two months of 2023, total construction starts were 17% […]

Rising Pay Helps Construction Sector Adds 24,000 Employees in February

Construction firms added 24,000 employees in February, as hefty pay raises for hourly workers enabled the industry to increase employment more steeply than other sectors, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government data. Association officials said that while employment levels are now at record levels in the […]