Use Better Business Bureau to avoid scammers posing as contractors

Andreas Milano

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Now that we’re starting to see some warmer weather in southern Colorado, people are beginning to do yard and house work. If you’re thinking about hiring someone to help out with your home improvement projects, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to make sure you’re not tricked into giving your money to a scammer.

According to the BBB, some scammers pose as contractors and might knock on your door or leave

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PC Construction elects Maureen Usifer first woman to board

Andreas Milano

Usifer is the first woman to join the board, joins a growing number of women in leadership at the employee-owned company 

Vermont Business Magazine The employee owners of PC Construction announced today that Maureen Usifer of Colchester, Vermont, has been elected to the company’s six-member Board of Directors. Usifer is the first woman to join the board, and her election marks a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Usifer joins a growing number of women in leadership at the South Burlington-based construction company.

“I’m incredibly honored to be joining the PC Construction team,” said Usifer.

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Trifecta Construction has proven to be a winning bet | Open

Andreas Milano

Trifecta Construction was founded in 2006 by Ramon Robledo, Mauricio Morales, and Alfredo Ventura. They started out as three buddies who had a dream of owning their own construction company and utilizing the skills they each mastered. They chose to become business partners and name their company to reflect a very good bet; that is, picking the top three finishers in a race.

Today, Robeldo and Morales continue the El Centro-based business. Their company has grown to include a diverse crew of 10 employees.

Robeldo is a native of the Imperial Valley who grew up in Heber and graduated from

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Higher construction costs, availability of materials complicate Longview-area home building | Local

After 49 years in the Longview-area new home construction business, the pressures of the current market have Tom Davis considering shifting his focus to large home remodeling projects.

That work relies more on labor and less on commodities, he said. It’s those commodities — a variety of building materials — that are complicating new home construction with higher prices and delays or shortages in product availability.

It’s been the “strangest year,” Davis said, pointing to multiple examples of how increased prices and shortages have affected home construction. In September, he paid $8.20 for a sheet of plywood decking. Knowing prices

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Record lumber prices adding to new home sale prices further crunching Colorado’s housing market

Andreas Milano
Shaye Bruyere moves treated lumber at Allweather Wood in Loveland on April 28. Allweather needs more skilled workers and is offering training to help entry-level workers graduate to better jobs. (Valerie Mosley/Special to the Colorado Sun)

With housing demand pushing lumber prices to more than double what 2x4s cost a year ago, workers at the Allweather Wood manufacturing plant in Loveland are treating lumber as fast as possible.

But they’ve run into issues aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic. Not all employees returned to work after a brief closure last year. Staffing is down nearly 20% compared with pre-pandemic levels of

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Local construction company offers $500 to employees who get vaccine

Andreas Milano

Seattle’s Lumen Field vaccination site. (Mayor Jenny Durkan, Twitter)

A construction company in Fife is giving its workers $500 to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

State reducing vaccine access barriers with Uber, Lyft rides, new hotline

Justin Watts, a project manager with the company says they only have about 20-25 employees. He points out that smaller companies could be especially vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks, which would take out a significant portion of their workforce.

For that reason, he thinks vaccine incentives are a smart idea.

“The bottom line I guess for business owners is really what it comes down typically,” he

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