Richard Bright named Chief Operating Officer for ASA

Richard Bright, founder and president of the sales and marketing consulting firm Bright Concepts, Inc., Elkridge, Md., has been named chief operating officer of the American Subcontractors Association, effective July 1, 2013. As chief operating officer, Bright will manage all non-advocacy-related aspects of ASA, including membership development, chapter relations, communications, and operations/administration. Bright has served […]

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ASA President Jack Austhof

ASA President’s Letter 2013

Dear ASA Member: As your new president for 2013-14, I wanted to share a little bit about myself so you know that I’m just like you. My firm, Sobie Company Inc., is an interior finishing company in Dutton, Mich., just south of Grand Rapids. We work on a full range of projects, from small commercial […]

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Bid Shopping Legislation ASA

ASA Hails Proposed Legislation Targeting Construction ‘Bid Shopping’

ASA hailed legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., on May 9, 2013, as a significant step to improve the management of the federal government’s construction projects. By requiring contractors to use the subcontractors identified in the contractors’ bids, the Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2013 (H.R. 1942) would promote open competition among subcontractors and […]

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Southwest Construction on the Rise

Construction Jobs Return to Southwest but Workers Needed

As the housing market in the Southwest continues to improve, home builders are starting to build again, but are now having trouble finding workers. During the recent recession, the country lost more than a million construction jobs and many of the those workers have moved on to other jobs and new careers. For example, residential […]

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ASA tells U.S. DOT, ‘Protect Subcontractors Payments’

While the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration is developing model contracts for public-private partnerships, the American Subcontractors Association has sent a strong message advising that these contracts should include payment protection provisions for subcontractors. “ASA strongly urges that the proposed text of the model contracts must reflect a requirement for surety bonding on contracts for […]

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Professional Standards of Practice for Construction Subcontactors

The American Subcontractors Association provides Professional Standards of Practice for Construction Subcontractors to insure members follow safety regulations and maintain professional conduct while performing contract jobs for contractors. It’s important for members to adhere to these practices not only for their own professional reputation, but as representatives of ASA as well. Please click the info […]

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U.S. Construction Jobs Rise for 10th Straight Month

The number of construction jobs in the U.S. rose for the 10th straight month as companies added about 18,000 employees in March, surpassing the 5.8 million mark for the first time since late 2009. The unemployment rate for the industry now sits at 14.7 percent, its lowest since 2008. Part of the decline in the […]

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ASA Business Forum and Convention Photos Las Vegas 2013

Here are some photo’s from the recent Business Forum and Convention in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

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ASA President Jack Austhof

ASA Announces Jack Austhof as New ASA President

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The American Subcontractors Association announced the results of its 2013 national election on March 22, 2013, and Jack Austhof, Sobie Company Inc., Dutton, Mich., will take office on July 1, 2013, as 2013-14 president of ASA. “In every way that ASA works on behalf of subcontractors, ASA seeks to reach a […]

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Document Solutions? Meet Project DocControl

Often times, it seems specialty contractors are bogged down with massive amounts of document management. Endless filing and sorting through folders, three-ring binders, and spreadsheet logs requires a great deal of company time and effort. Studies have shown that one-third of contractors staff time is taking up by sifting, filing, and seeking for information. Certainly […]

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