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MMC Contractors hires new executive

BY Brae Canlen

MMC Contractors, a commercial builder with offices in four states, has hired a new president for the Las Vegas market. Dan Coppinger will be responsible for business management and operations in the Las Vegas office, as well as helping achieve overall strategic goals for the MMC Contractors nationwide brand.

Coppinger spent the last 10 years as VP and division manager of Southland Industries in Las Vegas. He started his career 30 years ago as a sheet metal apprentice, moving up to foreman, superintendent and then transitioned into management.

MMC Contractors specializes in healthcare construction, government projects, hospitality and entertainment; educational buildings; and other non-residential sectors. Its geographical reach is 38 states, and the company has current locations in Las Vegas; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Parsippany, N.J. Started as a family business in 1932, MMC Contractors is now 100% employee-owned. 

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Commercial builders see no turnaround

BY Brae Canlen

A survey of non-residential construction companies conducted by FMI, a management consulting and investment banking firm, found that executives see the economic strength of their own businesses falling in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the previous quarter. Reasons cited include a reduction in backlogs, the continued rise of material costs and lower productivity.

FMI, based in Raleigh, N.C., interviews its panelists of construction firm executives on a quarterly basis, and its fourth-quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report (NRCI) was 55.5, less than one point up from last quarter. Overall, panelists were slightly more positive about the national and local economies. But when questioned about their own businesses, panelists cited five factors that are slowing their momentum down:

• Delays and cancellations

• Changes in project size

• Energy-related construction activity

• Market opportunities

• Experiences with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance

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Builders FirstSource relaunches web site

BY HBSDealer Staff

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource unveiled its new company web site, at www.bldr.com.

Among the improvements are an “improved end-user experience,” along with location-specific information on products and services. 

“The new website will provide an enhanced user experience and will give our customers much better information about our locations and the products and services we offer,” said Morris Tolly, Builders FirstSource senior VP of operations. 

The site also includes videos on manufacturing, distribution and installed services. 

Builders FirstSource currently operates 53 distribution centers and 44 manufacturing facilities in 9 states.

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