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.

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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Estimating Sitework: What You Need to Know

May 23, 2019 | EstimatingGeneralSitework

An accurate estimate is one of the first steps to starting a construction project off right. It sets expectations for the customer, for us and for everyone else involved with the job. We should all be on the same page when it comes to costs and timeline for a project. This is particularly important for […]

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How We Built a Wellness Program that Keeps our Employees Healthy and Happy

April 23, 2019 | EmployeesWellness

As we strive to build and maintain a construction workforce that will stay with our company for the long haul, we’ve tried a number of tactics and approaches (see this post for more on that). Six years ago, we added a wellness program to our benefits as a way to help employees save money, increase […]

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3 Tips to Resolve Conflict on a Construction Project

April 1, 2019 | Project Management

In any industry, office or relationship, conflict is inevitable. Construction is no different – we have colleagues in the field, coworkers in the office, vendors, customers and more who we work with on a daily basis in order to get our work done. And of course, sometimes conflicts arise. So how do we handle them? […]

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A Closer Look at the Integration of Technology and Construction Equipment

March 14, 2019 | Industry TrendsTechnology

If you haven’t spent any time in a bulldozer, grader or paver, so you may be surprised to find how technologically advanced they are these days. From features that make the operator more comfortable to tools that help us do our job more accurately, this is not the same equipment of 30 years ago. Technology’s […]

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How We’re Tackling the Shortage of Construction Workers

February 21, 2019 | HiringIndustry Trends

In our last blog post, we talked about many of the trends we’ve been seeing in the construction industry. Number one on the list was the industry-wide workforce shortage that has become a common problem through the construction industry. With a shortage of construction workers for positions of all types, we’ve had to get creative […]

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6 Major Trends in the Construction Industry to Look Out for in 2019

February 6, 2019 | Industry Trends

What have been the hot topics in the construction industry lately? We thought a round-up of the construction trends we’ve been seeing and hearing about would be a good way to share what’s been on our minds so far in 2019. Staying on top of these trends helps us mitigate any issues they’re causing and […]

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Combining New Technology with Old-Fashioned Project Management

January 10, 2019 | Technology

It’s no surprise that introducing new technology can help a construction business bring efficiency to its processes. After all, one of our first blog posts was about an app that helped us do just that. However, you don’t want to lose sight of the traditional methods that have gotten you where you are. Gray & […]

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