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Temporary Fence; Providing Job Site or Event Safety and Control

March 1, 2012 6 comments

Temporary Fencing:
If you haven’t thought about using it, how it can be a benefit to you or your company or even not sure what it is, let The Backfill try to clear the muddy water for you.

Portable fencing is a sturdy affordable asset that can be used in many applications from complying with building and safety codes on construction sites to crowd control.  In some areas a fencing perimeter is required by law around project sites. Temporary fencing can also help prevent theft and outside injury while providing overall control and safety for construction sites, special events or home renovations.

Adapts To You:
Fencing is versatile in installation, configuration and set up locations. Whether you site is on a hard surface, such as concrete, where stands are used or softer surface, such as grass, and an in-ground installation can be used; temporary fencing can be erected to fit your sites requirements.

Purchasing or building fence is costly and time-consuming. When you add in the volume of pieces and its space requirements, storing it is a hassle and can be costly, which is just not feasible. This is where rental companies become your source as they alleviate these problems. A phone call is all it takes to have fencing delivered and installed at your job site or event. [ Temporary Fence Rental ]

 temporary fence rental houston tx

 Ideal Applications:

  • Construction/Job Sites
  • Landscape Projects
  • Paving Projects
  • Home Construction/Renovation
  • Crowd Control
  • Special Events
  • Outdoor Retail Areas
  • Disaster Relief Zones
 

Holiday Tip: Santa’s Wonderland College Station Texas

December 3, 2010 4 comments

Parents want to give your kids a great holiday experience?

Better yet, Fellas we are going to do you a solid.  You take this and suggest it to your family, kids or significant other and you will look like a hero in your kids eyes, earn some monster brownie points with your significant other or maybe even get you a second date.

SANTA’S WONDERLAND in College Station, Texas.

With a spectacular and creative drive through light tour and the entertainment, food and shopping in Santa’s Town there is nothing they left out of this Texas holiday experience.  You can take pictures with Santa, sit around a camp fire, watch a holiday movie, listen to some tunes and even ride a mechanical bull if you have the nerve. 

Ok that’s all you’re getting, we don’t want to give away too much.  Just take our word for it, It’s worth the visit!

You can thank us later.

Here is the website: Santa’s-Wonderland

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U.S. Recovery Is Lead by Texas

November 15, 2010 5 comments

Texas sits atop the list as one of the leaders in the slow recovery process this country is facing.

Fueled in part by rising but stable oil prices, Texas continues to lead the country’s recovery, albeit at a relatively slow pace, according to a fourth-quarter regional economic forecast.

A report issued Monday by economists with BBVA Compass bank said that besides rising energy demand, Texas’ relatively stable housing market, continued private job creation, limited fiscal challenges and strong exports – notably petroleum and coal products – will sustain the state’s recovery into 2011.

“Although most states have experienced a growth deceleration in the second half of 2010, Texas’ growth has accelerated and remains solidly positive,” the report said.

The report predicts that Texas’ gross domestic product will grow by 3 percent this year and 2.8 percent in 2011, with both rates above the projected U.S. average of 2.7 percent in 2010 and 2.3 percent next year.

Through the first nine months of the year, Texas created 182,200 private sector jobs – approximately 16 percent of the U.S. total and the highest state total in the country

Read more: Texas leads U.S. recovery, report says | Houston Business Journal

NEWSWEEK has compiled a list of the 10 American cities best situated for the recovery.

These are places where the jobs are plentiful, and the pay, given the lower cost of living, buys more than in bigger cities. In other words, places unlike much of the rest of the country. The cities, most of which lie in the red-state territory of America’s heartland, fall into three basic groups. There’s the Texaplex—Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston—which has become the No. 1 destination for job-seeking Americans, thanks to a hearty energy sector and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism. There are the New Silicon Valleys—Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and urban northern Virginia—which offer high-paying high-tech jobs and housing prices well below those in coastal California. And then there are the Heartland Honeys—Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and Des Moines, Iowa—which are enjoying a revival thanks to rising agricultural prices and a shift toward high-end industrial jobs.

Read more from Newsweek: Greetings From Recoveryland

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Your Weekend Fill: Happy 4th Of July!

July 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Be safe. Have Fun. Celebrate independence.

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Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne Is “Likes To Fight Guy”

June 16, 2010 1 comment

The huge NCAA realignment, alignment, realignment story from last week has left a bad taste in the mouth of Aggieland.

Most Texas A&M students, alumni, fans and followers are upset or disappointed at the very least that the Aggies did not pull the trigger and head to the SEC.  This most likely caused an onslaught of emails, phone calls and text messages to Texas A&M brass, most of which was likely directed to Athletic director Bill Byrne.

Most likely reasons for such reactions:

1) A&M had chance to go to best conference in NCAA football and gain long-term stability
2) A&M fans wanted to go to the SEC to finally escape the shadow of the Univ. of Texas.
3) A&M fans are upset that Texas essentially dictated the conditions required for the Big 12’s survival.

He received one email he thought he would handle himself.

Email from fan:

Hey a–holes [edit]

I am a third generation aggie and class of ‘06. my family and I, including many extend family members have had season tickets at kyle field for up to 20 yrs.

We also tailgate spending a lot of time and money during the fall in college station. That all ended today

We are canceling our season tickets and will never again donate to the 12th man until there is all new board of regents minus Gene Stallings, a new ad, new president (that guy is a disgrace).

Dollar bill, I hope you have time to pull your tongue out of dodds butt to read this email

Sincere regards

[name redacted]

AD Bill Byrne’s response (allegedly):

Classy.

[Sports By Brooks]

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College Football Realignment Song

June 14, 2010 1 comment

Current state of the NCAA realignment, via song/video.  Pretty good stuff.

*NOTE – Some explicit language and images

Song and video by: 1560 The Game

Categories: Humor, Sports

Texas Economy By The Numbers

May 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Texas Ahead as put together a rundown on some key economic indicators for Texas.

We skipped economics while in school.  Is this good or bad?

Consumer Price Index

1982-1984 average = 100

Consumer Price Index in Texas and Nationwide
Month Texas Consumer Price Index U.S. Consumer Price Index
April 2009 195.1 213.2
May 2009 194.8 213.9
June 2009 196.7 215.7
July 2009 196.3 215.4
August 2009 196.4 215.8
September 2009 196.8 216.0
October 2009 196.8 216.2
November 2009 196.9 216.3
December 2009 196.3 215.9
January 2010 196.8 216.7
February 2010 197.3 216.7
March 2010 197.6 217.6
April 2010 198.2 218.0

Change from previous year:
The Texas Consumer Price Index is up 1.6%.
The U.S. Consumer Price Index is up 2.2%.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Confidence Index

1985 U.S. Average = 100

Consumer Confidence Index for West-South-Central Region and United States
Month West-South-Central Region Index* U.S. Index
April 2009 71.0 40.8
May 2009 73.5 54.8
June 2009 75.1 49.3
July 2009 71.0 47.4
August 2009 75.0 54.5
September 2009 82.5 53.4
October 2009 72.9 48.7
November 2008 64.9 50.6
December 2009 72.1 53.6
January 2010 72.3 56.5
February 2010 74.1 46.4
March 2010 74.9 52.3
April 2010 69.5 57.9

*Includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma (per source’s data groups)

Change from previous year:
West-South-Central Region is down 2.1%.
U.S. is up 41.9%.

Source: The Conference Board


Unemployment Rate
(percent)

Unemployment for Texas and Nationwide
Month Texas
Unemployment
U.S. Unemployment
March 2009 7.0 8.6
April 2009 7.3 8.9
May 2009 7.5 9.4
June 2009 7.8 9.5
July 2009 7.9 9.4
August 2009 8.0 9.7
September 2009 8.1 9.8
October 2009 8.1 10.1
November 2009 8.2 10.0
December 2009 8.2 10.0
January 2010 8.2 9.7
February 2010 8.2 9.7
March 2010 8.2 9.7
April 2010 8.3 9.9

Change from previous year:
Texas unemployment is up up 1.0 points.
U.S. unemployment is up 1.0 points.

Sources: Texas Workforce Commission, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Texas vs. U.S. Nonfarm Employment
(in millions)

Nonfarm Employment
Month Texas (millions) U.S. (millions)
April 2009 10.35 131.54
May 2009 10.32 131.16
June 2009 10.29 130.64
July 2009 10.27 130.29
August 2009 10.23 130.08
September 2009 10.21 129.86
October 2009 10.23 129.63
November 2009 10.24 129.70
December 2009 10.22 129.59
January 2010 10.23 129.60
February 2010 10.24 129.64
March 2010 10.28 129.87
April 2010 10.31 130.16

Change from previous year:
Nonfarm employment for Texas is down 0.4%
Nonfarm employment for the U.S. is down 1.0%

Sources: Texas Workforce Commission, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Change in Nonfarm Employment in Most Populous States
(in thousands of jobs)

Comparing Nonfarm Employment in Five Most Populous States
State April 2009 April 2010 Change in Jobs
(thousands)
Percent Change
California 14,221.5 13,866.0 -355.5 -2.5%
Texas 10,352.8 10,310.5 -42.3 -0.4%
New York 8,586.9 8,539.7 -47.2 -0.5%
Florida 7,314.5 7,196.6 -117.9 -1.6%
Illinois 5,700.0 5,609.7 -90.3 -1.6%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Texas Sales Tax Collections, Retail Establishments
(in millions of dollars)

Texas Sales Tax Collections
Month Texas Sales Tax Collections, Retail Establishments
April 2009 $789.25
May 2009 $890.08
June 2009 $811.00
July 2009 $758.86
August 2009 $885.30
September 2009 $731.90
October 2009 $718.90
November 2009 $890.30
December 2009 $920.50
January 2010 $817.30
February 2010 $804.30
March 2010 $757.70
April 2010 $823.30

Change from previous year: up 4.3%

Includes eating and drinking places.

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Texas Housing Permits
(units)

Housing Permits for Single-Family and Multi-Family Homes in Texas
Month Single-Family Housing Permits Multi-Family Housing Permits
March 2009 5,175 1,573
April 2009 5,363 1,876
May 2009 5,490 1,262
June 2009 6,666 1,408
July 2009 6,932 541
August 2009 6,055 1,314
September 2009 5,529 1,609
October 2009 4,921 210
November 2009 4,475 1,088
December 2009 5,048 993
January 2010 4,854 1,091
February 2010 5,751 435
March 2010 7,781 1,735

Change from previous year:
Single-family permits are up 50.4%.
Multi-family permits are up 10.3%.
See note on percent change data

Source: The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University


Existing Single-Family Home Sales in Texas
(units)

Existing Single Family Home Sales in Texas
Month Existing Single-family Home Sales Median Sales Price
April 2009 17,062 $142,900
May 2009 19,031 $149,300
June 2009 21,806 $155,100
July 2009 22,418 $153,300
August 2009 19,837 $150,000
September 2009 18,620 $147,400
October 2009 19,472 $142,700
November 2009 17,977 $142,500
December 2009 16,239 $144,500
January 2010 10,379 $136,900
February 2010 13,163 $141,000
March 2010 19,343 $143,900
April 2010 21,579 $147,400

Change from previous year:
Existing home sales are up 26.5%.
Median sales price is up 3.1%.
See note on percent change data

Source: The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University


Industrial Production Index
(index)

2002 = 100

Industrial Production Index
Month Texas Industrial Production U.S. Industrial Production
March 2009 111.8 97.7
April 2009 111.5 97.2
May 2009 111.3 96.2
June 2009 111.5 95.8
July 2009 111.3 96.9
August 2009 111.6 98.1
September 2009 112.1 98.7
October 2009 112.1 98.9
November 2009 112.5 99.6
December 2009 112.2 100.2
January 2010 112.1 101.4
February 2010 112.5 101.2
March 2010 114.0 101.5
April 2010   102.3

Change from previous year:
Texas index is up 1.9%
U.S. index is up 5.2%.

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Leading Economic Indicators Index
(index)

2004 = 100

Leading Economic Indicators in Texas and the United States
Month Texas Index U.S. Index
March 2009 100.1 97.9
April 2009 101.1 98.9
May 2009 103.4 100.2
June 2009 103.0 101.1
July 2009 103.3 102.1
August 2009 103.7 102.5
September 2009 104.5 103.7
October 2009 103.8 104.2
November 2009 105.0 105.8
December 2009 105.5 107.2
January 2010 105.6 107.5
February 2010 106.3 108.0
March 2010 106.7 109.4
April 2010   109.3

Change from previous year:
The leading indicators for Texas are up 6.5%
The leading indicators for the U.S. are up 10.5%

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, The Conference Board


Value of Contracts for Non-Residential Construction in Texas
(billions of dollars)

Contract Value, Non-Residential Building Construction in Texas (billions)
Month Contract Value
April 2009 $1.424
May 2009 $2.051
June 2009 $1.702
July 2009 $1.818
August 2009 $1.210
September 2009 $1.541
October 2009 $1.710
November 2009 $1.100
December 2009 $1.031
January 2010 $1.210
February 2010 $0.735
March 2010 $0.969
April 2010 $1.367

Change from previous year: down 4.0%.

Source: McGraw-Hill


Mortgage Foreclosures

Mortgage Foreclosures in Texas and United States (index)
Month Texas Foreclosures U.S. Foreclosures
March 2009 10,616 341,180
April 2009 11,314 342,038
May 2009 9,813 321,480
June 2009 12,023 336,173
July 2009 12,077 360,149
August 2009 11,261 358,471
September 2009 13,216 343,638
October 2009 11,798 332,292
November 2009 12,095 306,627
December 2009 13,807 349,519
January 2010 12,225 315,716
February 2010 12,638 308,524
March 2010 15,552 367,056
April 2010 13,133 333,837

Change from previous year:
Texas is up 16.1%
U.S.is down 2.4%.

Source: RealtyTrac


Web Exclusive Indicators

U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers
(index)

1982-1984 average = 100

United States Consumer Price Index for Food/Beverages and Transportation
Month Overall Consumer
Price Index
Consumer Price Index
Food and Beverages
Consumer Price Index
Transportation
April 2009 213.2 218.4 172.0
May 2009 213.9 218.1 176.0
June 2009 215.7 218.0 183.7
July 2009 215.4 217.6 182.8
August 2009 215.8 217.7 184.4
September 2009 216.0 217.6 183.9
October 2009 216.2 218.0 185.4
November 2009 216.3 217.7 188.6
December 2009 215.9 218.0 188.3
January 2010 216.7 219.2 190.5
February 2010 216.7 219.1 189.6
March 2010 217.6 219.4 192.1
April 2010 218.0 219.5 194.0

Change from previous year:
The Overall Consumer Price Index for the U.S. is up 2.2%.
The Food and Beverage Consumer Price Index is up 0.5%%
The Transportation Consumer Price Index is up 12.8%.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Gasoline and Diesel Retail Prices in Texas
(dollars)

Average Retail Price of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel in Texas (per gallon)
Month Gasoline Diesel Fuel
April 2009 $1.96 $2.19
May 2009 $2.15 $2.20
June 2009 $2.48 $2.50
July 2009 $2.37 $2.50
August 2009 $2.49 $2.59
September 2009 $2.36 $2.55
October 2009 $2.39 $2.61
November 2009 $2.50 $2.74
December 2009 $2.46 $2.70
January 2010 $2.57 $2.81
February 2010 $2.49 $2.75
March 2010 $2.64 $2.88
April 2010 $2.73 $3.02

Change from previous year:
Gasoline prices are up 39.6%
Diesel prices are up 37.7%.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.


 

Note: Percent changes on Tracking the Texas Economy graphs and tables are calculated using raw monthly figures. Some of the annual percent changes in the Comptroller’s Economic Outlook are based on annualized figures that show longer-term trends, and therefore may differ.

Texas Production and Consumption Indicators

Production and Consumption Indicators
Date Value of Crude Oil Produced
(Millions)
Value of Natural Gas Produced
(Millions)
Active Oil & Gas Drilling Rigs Gasoline
(Millions of Taxed Gallons)
Diesel
(Millions of Taxed Gallons)
Median Sales Price Existing Single Family Homes Auto Sales Net Value
(Millions)
Cigarette Packages Taxed
(Millions)
2006 $19,657.47 $19,852.05 746 11,372.8 3,731.6 $143,100 $45,756.2 1,280.2
2007 $21,850.32 $22,968.42 834 11,624.8 3,886.9 $147,500 $48,500.6 1,085.8
2008 $30,409.17 $34,415.89 892 11,709.7 3,854.0 $145,800 $44,442.4 1,060.6
2009 $18,455.53 $12,167.80 431.5 11,916.3 3,475.8 $143,600 $34,792.60 960.2
02/09 $821.71 $888.41 574 965.3 291.5 $138,200.0 $2,923.8 77.0
03/09 $1,144.70 $932.22 445 916.6 281.8 $139,600.0 $2,892.3 86.4
04/09 $1,263.39 $859.43 393 1,019.0 305.7 $142,900.0 $2,501.8 77.5
05/09 $1,505.56 $902.44 347 989.9 289.8 $149,300.0 $2,591.1 77.8
06/09 $1,741.54 $986.90 329 1,026.3 291.9 $155,100.0 $3,111.4 82.7
07/09 $1,643.61 $967.14 342 1,013.6 293.2 $153,300.0 $3,071.0 85.6
08/09 $1,804.58 $946.17 366 1,025.9 297.6 $150,000.0 $3,111.0 126.7
09/09 $1,718.19 $808.32 380 1,021.0 292.0 $147,400.0 $3,357.9 36.9
10/09 $1,952.97 $1,077.03 398 961.1 281.8 $142,700.0 $2,859.6 76.6
11/09 $1,977.77 $1,203.78 433 991.0 288.4 $142,500.0 $2,536.5 77.9
12/09 $1,910.54 $1,407.75 470 963.3 267.4 $144,500.0 $2,813.6 82.3
01/10 $2,026.90 $1,742.37 519 992.8 287.6 $136,900.0 $2,815.3 66.8
02/10 $1,812.41 $1,338.95 549 945.5 289.6 $141,000.0 $2,969.2 70.6
03/10 $1,535.27   593 913.6 273.8 $143,900.0 $3,356.2 84.3
04/10     633 1,032.9 327.8 $147,400.0   83.7

 

Notes:
Crude oil and natural gas figures are net taxable values. Gasoline gallons include gasohol. Auto sale values are calculated from motor vehicle taxes collected on new and used vehicle sales. All figures are not seasonally adjusted, except for industrial production, leading indicators and employment/unemployment. Figures are based on the most recent available data. Annual figures are for calendar years.

Sources:

  • Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Motor Fuel, Auto Sales, Cigarettes: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Active Oil & Gas Drilling Rigs: Baker-Hughes Incorporated
  • Median Sale Price, Existing Single-family Home: The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

For historical data, see Texas Production and Consumption 1989-2009

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