Get the Dirt: Construction Industry News

A blog from Gray & Son

A resource for the construction industry, dedicated to cutting through the noise to share the news, trends and stories affecting our industry.

Gray & Son’s Response to COVID-19

March 31, 2020 | EmployeesGeneral

As we all work to navigate the challenging times our country and world are facing, Gray & Son is making every effort to keep our workforce safe and limit exposure while continuing to do the important construction work our communities depend on. Construction has been classified as an essential business in Maryland, in line with […]

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A Glimpse into the Job of a Construction Project Manager

February 20, 2020 | EmployeesGeneral

We’ve covered what a construction estimator does as well as the role of an assistant estimator here at Gray & Son, especially when it comes to getting a project started, and now we’re on to another team member: the construction project manager. A project manager’s job really starts once a project has been awarded to […]

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Then vs. Now: Construction Industry Changes

December 12, 2019 | GeneralIndustry TrendsSafetySitework

As a company with more than 100 years of history behind us, Gray & Son has seen many changes in our industry and company. We wanted to share some of those changes, so we asked a couple of our team members, who have each been with us for more than 45 years, to chat with […]

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The Role of a Construction Assistant Estimator

November 13, 2019 | EmployeesEstimatingGeneral

We’ve shared how important and busy a construction estimator’s job is, but there are many others involved in getting a project off the ground at Gray & Son. Assistant estimators are also essential to our team, doing much more than simply assisting our estimators! Here’s an overview of the role of an assistant estimator at […]

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All About Our Sister Company, Maryland Paving

October 23, 2019 | Asphalt PavingGeneral

Did you know that Gray & Son has a sister company? Maryland Paving has the reputation of being the best provider of asphalt pavement and other aggregate products in the Baltimore region, and we’re proud of our relationship with them. So we wanted to share a little bit of their history and some information about […]

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What Does a Construction Estimator Do?

September 18, 2019 | EstimatingGeneralSitework

A construction estimator fills an extremely important role for a construction company, and their job is not a simple one. We wanted to share everything that goes into an estimator’s job to help you better understand how things get done here at Gray & Son. We’ll also be writing about other roles and how they’re […]

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Construction Equipment Maintenance Tips that Save Time and Money

August 1, 2019 | GeneralMaintenanceSiteworkTechnology

Keeping our fleet in top condition is a big priority at Gray & Son, both to minimize downtime and get the most out of our investment. When construction equipment breaks down or malfunctions, it can bring a job to a halt. So we’ve built a maintenance shop that is dedicated to making sure that doesn’t […]

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Why We Build Great Relationships with Government Entities and Safety Organizations

July 8, 2019 | GeneralSafetySitework

There are numerous government entities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to safety in the construction industry, for good reason. These groups work to educate and regulate these companies whose jobs are inherently risky. We’ve made it a priority to build relationships – we’d even call them friendships! – with many such organizations. We even counted this […]

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Glossary of Sitework Common Terms and Jargon

June 24, 2019 | GeneralSitework

In the construction industry, like many other industries, we have a lot of jargon. There are some words that you’d really have no clue what they mean if you haven’t been working in our world for a while. Sitework in particular has even more specialized terms. Do you even know what the term sitework covers? It’s […]

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Simple Ways to Prevent Injuries on a Construction Job Site

June 6, 2019 | EmployeesGeneralSafety

In the construction industry, we can never talk about safety too much! We’ve already written about how we make safety a core part of our culture, but we also wanted to share some of the simple day-to-day steps we take to keep our people safe. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the things we do […]

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