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Your Weekend Fill: Best Celebration Ever?

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

With the World Cup fresh in our memories we ask is this the best soccer celebration ever?

What about giving Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho Cinco’s creative celebrations a run for their money?

Categories: Sports, Weekend Fill

35% Increase In Houston Foreclosures

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

More than half of the 206 U.S. metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more, including Houston, posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity — even while foreclosure activity decreased in nine of the 10 metros with the highest foreclosure rates, according to a report Thursday from RealtyTrac Inc.

Four states — California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona — accounted for all top 20 metro foreclosure rates. Florida led the way, with nine of the top 20 metro foreclosure rates, followed by California with eight, Nevada with two and Arizona with one.

Houston ranked No. 109 with 19,137 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the first half of the year, an increase of 7.3 percent from the previous six months and 34.6 percent higher than the first half of 2009. That means that one out of 117 properties received a foreclosure filing between January and June 2010.

Read more: Houston foreclosures up 34.6% over last year – Houston Business Journal

Categories: News

Is Customer Service Irrelevant For Today’s Consumers?

July 28, 2010 2 comments

We have been having a little discussion about customer service becoming irrelevant in the eye’s of most consumers in today’s market place and want to know what you think. 

In today’s market and just as a consumer in general, what is the most important factor to you when selecting a company to do business with?   Will you pay a little more for a service or product knowing you get great customer service?  Is the bottom line lowest price the end all be all and the most influential factor in you decision?

Place you vote! Also we would love to hear your opinions on the subject, so leave a comment and lets discuss. 

Categories: Aztec Rental, Random

3% Drop In June Construction

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

It could have been worse! We are glass 1/2 full kind of people.

New construction starts in June dropped 3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $385.7 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Declines were reported for two of construction’s three main sectors – housing and nonbuilding construction. Meanwhile, nonresidential building advanced in June, continuing to show some improvement after extremely weak activity earlier in the year. During the first six months of 2010, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis came in at $199.6 billion, down 4% from the same period a year ago.

The June data lowered the Dodge Index to 82 (2000=100), compared to a revised 84 for May. The Dodge Index had witnessed an extended decline from mid-2006 through early 2009, and since then it has hovered in the range of 82 to 95. “The pattern of construction starts can still be viewed as showing low-level stability, although barely, as June came in at the bottom of the recent range of activity,” stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. “The improvement shown by single family housing over the past year has stalled, at least for the present. With regard to nonbuilding construction, the dollar amount of new electric utility projects has retreated, and it appears that the lift provided to transportation public works from the stimulus funding is leveling off. For nonresidential building, the recent pickup in May and now June suggests that the worst of this sector’s decline may be over. However, renewed expansion for nonresidential building on a sustained basis is not likely in the near term, given such ongoing constraints as tight bank lending, eroding state and local budgets, and sluggish employment growth.”

Forecasts & Trends from McGraw-Hill

Categories: Construction, News

Illegal Immigration Hurts ALL Construction Workers

July 27, 2010 3 comments

Wow, so the saturation of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is color blind and affects ALL AMERICANS?

Armando De Alba is proud of his Mexican ancestry. But he’s tired of what he views as government toleration of illegal immigrants.

“I’m for deporting everyone back,” De Alba said. “They need to enforce the law and do it hardcore. You have got to make them understand we’re not here to mess around.”

De Alba, 30, lived in Hemet with his wife and two children until July 12, when they moved in with his sister-in-law and her family in Murrieta. They lost the house they bought in 2004 in a short sale after De Alba’s plastering business went under.

De Alba blames illegal immigrants.

“The contractor hires illegals to do the job,” he said. “They outbid us. They’re people who aren’t licensed, bonded, insured, who don’t pay taxes.”

Full story from The Press-Enterprise:
Construction worker says Hispanics like himself are hurt by illegal immigration

Categories: Construction, News

Your Weekend Fill: Oh My God, That Was Ichiro

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

That is pretty funny! I am tweeting about it right now!

Categories: Daily Fill

Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power Upgrades Warranty Policy For Vanguard Line

July 22, 2010 21 comments

Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power looking to get ahead, with a global change in the warranty policy for their Vanguard line. 

Vanguard™ Leads Industry with Global, Three-Year Commercial Limited Warranty (July 1, 2010)

NEWS RELEASE

July 1, 2010

Media Contact: Jeff Salem, jeffs@swansonrussell.com 402-437-6409

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vanguard™ Leads Industry with Global, Three-Year Commercial Limited Warranty

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power announces that Vanguard™ air-cooled gasoline engines entering the market worldwide as of July 1, 2010, will feature a three-year commercial limited warranty.  

This benchmark makes Briggs & Stratton the only manufacturer of small, commercial engines to offer a three-year limited warranty on a global scale for a full horsepower range.

“Vanguard engines are used to power a wide range of equipment in all types of job site environments around the world,” said Dan Roche, marketing manager with Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power. “With such a strong track record of performance and reliability, increasing Vanguard’s warranty was an easy decision. It’s another way we can provide meaningful business solutions to our commercial customers.”

 Briggs & Stratton’s global, three-year warranty for Vanguard engines is a result of listening to the needs of its customers. In today’s global marketplace, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) routinely distribute their products to multiple regions of the world. For these OEMs, a single, global warranty is the logical way to provide marketing and product support consistency.

 Briggs & Stratton is also committed to leading the industry in warranty support systems. The new Vanguard warranty is backed by the Briggs & Stratton global service network. This network is equipped with a 24-hour parts support system and electronic claims filing to expedite parts delivery and warranty payment.

 “Time is money for our commercial customers,” said Roche. “Our warranty and support systems are built to get equipment back on the job site as quickly as possible.”

 The new three-year limited warranty covers Vanguard air-cooled, gasoline engines installed on commercial equipment with the exception of home standby generators and utility vehicles, which are covered under their own specific warranties. The warranty covers engines on equipment in dealer or OEM inventory that that is put into service on or after July 1, 2010.

About Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power

Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power is a leading provider of commercial power solutions. The Vanguard engine family is the company’s premier line of engines and includes single-cylinder engines from 2.4 to 15 gross horsepower, Vanguard V-Twin horizontal and vertical engines from 14 to 23 gross horsepower, and Vanguard air-cooled V-Twin BIG BLOCK engines from 25 to 35 gross horsepower (horizontal) and 28-36 gross horsepower (vertical). All Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power engines are backed by a network of thousands of Authorized Commercial Service Centers worldwide. For more information on the BIG BLOCK air-cooled V-twin engines, or any engines in the Vanguard commercial engine line from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power, visit Vanguard Commercial Power website.

 Click for Briggs & Stratton Engine Owner Warranty Policy

Vangaurd engines can be found on many types of equipment, including Ferris Commercial Mowers.  So, landscapers and acreage owners looking for a quality mower with independent suspension that just got better, may we suggest the Ferris Line to you.

Categories: Equipment