Dexter + Chaney Case Studies

Learn how Dexter + Chaney products and services are helping all kinds of construction professionals meet the challenges of running a successful construction business.

All Type Electric Logo

When The Coles Bay Group LLC acquired Edmonton, Alberta-based All Type Electric in 2013, it knew it was tapping into a significant growth potential. All Type Electric, a specialized electrical contractor and equipment fabricator had built a solid foundation of clients throughout Alberta since it was founded in 1981. After a carefully-executed two year transition at All Type Electric, Coles Bay added other niche electrical contractors in Los Angeles, California and Calgary, Alberta. Both companies went immediately onto Spectrum.

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Snelson Companies - Construction Software

When it came to payroll, Sedro Woolley Wash.-based Snelson Companies found itself bogged down in paperwork. All time sheets—from multiple employees on multiple jobs in the field—would come into Snelson’s payroll department and would be manually entered into Spectrum using the payroll pre-time entry function for each employee. Seeking to streamline these processes and avoid duplicate entries, Snelson, a longtime Spectrum user, worked with Dexter + Chaney to find a solution. The result was a reliable way to let field staff/supervisors enter time daily on the jobsite.

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Interstate Electrical Service Logo

Prior to migrating to Spectrum v14 at Interstate Electrical Services Corporation, trying to get a handle on exactly how a job was progressing and how costs were shaping up was difficult at best and in many cases impossible. Lack of detailed reports, reports in which data was buried and not easily extrapolated, and information that was out of date made reporting almost an exercise in futility, said Steven Drouin, Director of IT Services for the Billerica, MA-based company.

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Wilson Electric Logos

Wilson Electric Services Corp. has been providing special systems and electrical contracting services to the Southwest since the late 1960s. The company, with offices throughout Arizona and New Mexico, has built a significant service component to its business over the decades and today handles more than 2,000 work orders in the field each year. Yet, the growing company struggled for years with inefficient ways to process and account for those work orders.

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Pieper-Houston Logo

When it comes to purchasing, contractors can deal with hundreds, sometimes thousands of parts and materials on each job. With moving targets on pricing and quantities needed, purchasing can be a tricky task that can affect both the timeliness of projects and a contractor’s bottom line. Perhaps no one knows that more than Pieper-Houston Electric L.P., Aaron Thomas.

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Midwest Concrete Materials Logo

Mike Sanson, the IT and HR manager at Midwest Concrete Materials, was a driving force behind his company’s switch to Spectrum. When he joined the Manhattan, Kan.-based company, it was running its operations through another solution where the level security and audit trails were virtually nonexistent. On almost a daily basis, the company was having to go in and make billing adjustments, correct mistakes or re-enter information that wasn’t entered correctly the first time though manual processes.

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Baldwin Paving Logo

For a company like Marietta, GA-based Baldwin Paving, equipment is the lifeblood of its business. The heavy highway contractor is one of the largest and most reliable road builders in Georgia and to keep its stellar reputation, the company has to lean on its equipment to get the job done. Yet, for years prior to implementing Spectrum, Baldwin Paving did not have an accurate way to gauge equipment costs, meaning that while they were succeeding in the field, the company was selling itself short in the equipment yard and with its bottom line.

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Helmkamp Construction Logo

Before switching to Spectrum, Helmkamp Construction Company, an East Alton, IL-based general contractor had been struggling with its job cost accounting controls. The construction software it was using at the time did not have integrated T&M billing capabilities and the company found itself adding staff just to cover the excessive work it took to stay on top of its T&M billing practices. For a company that was growing by leaps and bounds, this was a challenge that was only growing more cumbersome.

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Scott Builders Inc. Logo

When Scott Builders Inc. of Red Deer, Alberta was looking for new software, one of the things that was critical to the company was to find a solution that would help it standardize its operations. Project managers and office staff previously used many different processes and systems for recording, analyzing and processing construction data, noted Murray Cunningham, Scott Builders’ chief operating officer, and those processes were not netting the desired results.

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In 2012, Garco learned that the construction accounting system they were using at the time was set to change drastically, so the company embarked on a search for a new software system. Chief Financial Officer Jim Morrison had encountered Dexter + Chaney frequently over the course of his career and had great respect for their Spectrum construction accounting software, making it a logical choice for Garco.

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