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Listen to Old Timers

July 31st, 2018|

We have this guy at work that is a truck driver and he 'knows everything!' When any of us are in the shop working on any of our exceptionally broad variety of large and small equipment, he always has to put in his 'two cents.'

Job Site Visit

July 24th, 2018|

We recently conducted an in-company Leadership Development Lab(LDL) for the entire management team of a large, general contractor firm in Oregon.

Pay Roll

July 17th, 2018|

For the last three weeks, I have been cross-training our office manager, Christie, in preparing payroll with our newly installed accounting software.

Ahead of the Game

July 10th, 2018|

We were seal coating a really long, extra wide driveway in Prineville. The huge house was perched on top of a hill that overlooks the valley down below. The main part of the driveway was steep with lots of switchbacks.

Taxing Tax Penalties

July 3rd, 2018|

January 31st is the deadline for W-2's and 1099's to be electronically transmitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration, and the state of Oregon.

Hit the Deck

June 26th, 2018|

A couple of month's back I was working on a huge deck project that included a couple of features that were new to me and our company. This was our first time to use this new system for waterproofing a deck.

How Am I Doing?

June 19th, 2018|

I have one employee in particular that has voiced his need to know how he is doing on jobs and his general overall performance. I realized that this is likely something that all of our employees would like to know but rarely say so.

Overflowing Files

June 12th, 2018|

My position generates a lot of paperwork: payroll reports, subcontracts, billings, etc. The part of my job I hate the most is filing! I will use any way possible to avoid it. One of my latest strategies has been to pawn it off to our scale clerk to complete between trucks.

Crash Landing

June 5th, 2018|

It was an unusually cloudy day in central Oregon. Shane, a regular customer pulled his big rig in to our shop. Everyone in our branch knew we were scheduled to put tires on the front of this important customer's semi.

Rounding Round Rocks

May 29th, 2018|

We had a project at an adult care center going from the ground up. To get power to the site I had to get a 4" conduit across 250' of existing pavement.