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.

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. Understanding the critical roles of a construction estimator can help you navigate working among your team with ease. Here, we wanted to share everything that goes into an estimator’s job to help you better understand […]

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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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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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