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Cost of construction materials is on the rise again

After almost a year of stabilizing, the cost of construction materials is on the rise.  Again. Though the price of building commodities had seen a steady decline in 2009, construction economists are predicting that prices are expected to expand nearly six percent in 2010. Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America, found that between Aug. and ...

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Public construction could gain from stimulus package

    Mississippi construction companies hope the federal government’s $787-billion stimulus package will help jump-start construction projects in the state.   But there may be a wait for those monies to take effect. With consumers cutting back on gas consumption and car purchases, Mississippi has seen a big drop in state tax revenues, which help fund public construction projects such ...

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Building churches a gratifying way to make an impact

David Marsh isn’t a preacher but he does build churches. He and his company do, that is. With impressive projects such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office complex in Vicksburg, the Escambia County, Fla., Courthouse and numerous hospitals and detention facilities in Benchmark Construction’s ample portfolio, the company has also developed a niche market in the area of ...

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Global Aerospace Park could boost Golden Triangle

With the creation of the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park, economic development officials in Columbus are predicting the local economy will blast off. Joe Higgins, CEO for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, says he’s never seen a development with the potential of the site, which occupies 2,500 acres in central Lowndes County. “This aerospace park will allow us to use our ...

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Williamson has seen it all representing construction law

    Robert Williamson has seen it all.   Disputes. Contract termination. Professional malpractice. Defective workmanship. Accidents. Lender liability. Lawsuits.   Given the complexities of the construction process and the many business relationships that are involved in the building trades industry, it is inevitable that problems will occur.  Enter Williamson, a Jackson attorney who has practiced construction law for over ...

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Work-site injuries aren’t as numerous as in the past

The likelihood of a construction worker being injured on the job is significantly lower than ten years ago. That’s not by accident.  So says Rachel Rutland, director of safety and health for Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. “I think it’s all about training and more awareness by the industry,” she said.  “Training in itself has helped us lower the (injury) ...

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ABC Merit Awards

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture has completed judging the entries and has named the following winners in the 2009 Merit Awards Competition: Commercial ($25-$99M) Harrell Contracting Group —  The Pinnacle at Jackson Place   Commercial ($5-10M) Carothers Construction Inc. — Mission Support Complex, Phase I   Commercial ($2-5M) White Construction Company —Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, LLC   ...

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Mississippi Delta still waiting on I-69 decisions

  For over half a century, Interstate 69 has been a work in progress. It exists in two parts – a completed roadway from Indianapolis to the Canadian border and then a mostly-proposed extension southwest to the Mexican border in Texas, with a small section already in place in northwest Mississippi and other states.   Once the so-called “NAFTA Highway” ...

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Diamondhead Casino still in the game

DIAMONDHEAD — Deborah Vitale says jokingly that one day she will write a book, then a musical, on the saga of her professional struggles over the last decade-plus to get a gaming venue built on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. President of Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTBB: DHCC), she can only chock up her company’s survival to divine intervention. “It is almost ...

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Study finds discounts underutilized

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Too many Americans are not utilizing all of the discounts that may be available to them in their homeowner and auto insurance. This is the finding of a new national survey conducted for Trusted Choice and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”). The survey asked home and auto owners if they believed ...

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