New Documentary Examines the Plight of Immigrant Construction Workers in the Southwest

via Latino Public Broadcasting

When I worked in the construction industry in Texas a few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the hardest working, most intelligent, and nicest people I’ve ever met in the construction industry, many of whom happened to be first and second generation immigrants from Mexico and South America.  Thankfully, those people were treated fairly by the companies they worked for, but the unfortunate reality is that it isn’t the case for all of the immigrants working throughout the state or country.

A new documentary called “Building the American Dream”

World’s First Cordless, Heated Lunch Box Promises Construction Workers Warm Meals

via LunchEAZE

The cold weather season is approaching faster than we’d like it to and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about meals that will warm your bones on those frigid work days. Some jobsites are lucky enough to have a microwave on site, but for others it’s a thermos of soup or a cold meal – at least it USED to be.

After raising over $35,000 on Kickstarter last year, LunchEAZE is officially for sale to the public, offering warm meals through the use of its battery powered, heated lunch box.  The system operates

Lumber Prices Expected to Remain High Amid COVID-19, Wildfires

As difficult as it has been navigating through the past 6 months of site shutdowns and additional safety precautions caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, it has also had some additional side effects that no one had planned for, especially for lumber.  Add some devastating wildfires in the Northwest and imported lumber tariffs to that and it’s a recipe for continued challenges.

When stay-at-home orders started going into effect in March, it was expected that construction projects would significantly drop off.  What wasn’t accounted for was the sheer volume of DIYers stocking up on wood for home projects at the