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Big builders' 2014 budget planner top 10 list of four-letter words

It's a fact. Big guys hate a big word when they see one. If it can be said in an easy way, why not say it that way? So, this is what we will try: a top 10 list of keys to a 2014 that goes well, all done in four abcs or less. Let's do it. Read more

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Paying More Than Lip Service to Supplier Partnerships

David Weekley Homes recognizes two dozen of its top performers. Read more

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Construction Spending and Employment Numbers Send Mixed Signals

The disparity may stem from the difference between what industry metrics are saying and what builders see down the road. Read more

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New Life for Immigration Overhaul Bill

Late last week, the Senate gave the proposed immigration legislation new life. The bill's revival comes on the heels of pressure and urging from President George W. Bush and various pro-immigration groups. According to Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell (R-Ky.), the bill will be debated in the coming weeks. "Well, it's a mixed picture. There are good things in the bill and not so good things in the bill," McConnell said on Face the Nation this past weekend. "For example, the most controversial part is the Z-Visa, which critics of the bill believe amounts to amnesty. I'm among those who voted to get rid of that portion, but that amendment failed. So that's a disappointment to many in my party." Read more

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Menards Plans New Indiana Subdivision

Menards, the third-largest home improvement dealer in North America, plans to develop and construct a 60-home subdivision next to its new store in this town, located between Fort Wayne and South Bend, Ind. The Eau Claire, Wis.-based retailer's attorney, Garrett Caffee, told the Associated Press that new-home construction would benefit Menards in several ways: It encourages growth in the community, sales of building materials, and its relationship with local builders and contractors. Read more

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ABC Says No to House Bill

By William Gloede– Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington came out strongly against a proposal to be taken up by the House of Representatives on Thursday that would allow voting in union elections to be observed by coworkers and union representatives. (BB News) Read more

Help Wanted
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Help Wanted

Will the housing industry continue to have enough work to support an expanding... Read more

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Job Site

Associated Builders And Contractors (ABC) and the military placement agency Orion International recently launched a new interactive site that links military veterans with available positions in the construction trades. Read more

Extreme' Construction
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Extreme' Construction

Viewers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" don't see the total commitment... Read more

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