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SEATTLE, July 7, 2016: Thornton, Ill.-based heavy highway contractor and asphalt manufacturer Gallagher Asphalt Corp. has selected Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum® Construction Software to replace software that is no longer being supported. Dexter + Chaney, the leader in cloud-based construction ERP software, offered a better user interface and navigation than competing software packages, the company’s controller, Stuart Cairo, said.

Cairo said his company was impressed by the interactive Spectrum Dashboard, which allows users to click through to specific areas of functionality anywhere in the system, as well as the intuitive Info Bar, which follows users from screen to screen, presenting additional information about the data, and links the user might need to access other areas in Spectrum the data touches or influences. “We nicknamed it the ‘Martini Bar’ because it gave us the fields that most users would naturally click to, right from whatever screen they happened to be on. It was very easy and user friendly,” Cairo said.

The move to look at new software was facilitated when Gallagher was told its existing StreetSmarts software would no longer be supported. Cairo noted that after reviewing packages on the market, Spectrum’s strong document imaging capabilities, work-in-progress and project profitability forecasting and project management functionality—all in one system—were key features that impressed the company. But the deciding factor, Cairo said, was Spectrum’s ease of use.

“We felt we would get better buy-in from our users on Spectrum’s platform, compared to the other main software provider we were looking at,” Cairo said. “The end users are king. If they like it and use it, the more data we can get and reporting can be done. The less buy-in you have, the more trouble you’re going to have getting that information to properly analyze. There’s no doubt that the look and feel made a difference.”

Gallagher Asphalt Corp. is a third generation heavy highway contractor and asphalt provider, serving the south and southwest sides of the Chicago metro area since 1928. The family-run business has paved or resurfaced thousands of miles of pavement over the years, under some of the country’s most challenging conditions. In addition to multiple large roadway projects, recent paving jobs have included the FedEx distribution center in Chicago, the Saddle Creek Logistics Park in Joliet, Ill. and a Walmart distribution center in Romeoville, Ill. Gallagher has also been a regular winner of Diamond Paving Commendations with the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Gallagher and Dexter + Chaney connected during the 2015 Construction Financial Management Association’s national conference in Chicago, as Gallagher was beginning its software replacement search. Cairo said that Dexter + Chaney was responsive to its needs throughout the process. “The Dexter + Chaney folks listened to us, they were patient with us and met with us multiple times to make sure we got what we wanted and needed.”

“We are very happy to welcome Gallagher as a new client,” said Dexter + Chaney President and CEO Norbert Orth. “We know that making a software switch is not a decision that comes lightly, nor is it as easy as snapping your fingers. That’s why we sit down with and listen to folks, working directly with them to ensure they’re getting the software that’s right for them. Gallagher has built a solid reputation in the south Chicago market and we’re thrilled we can grow along with them as they take the next step.”

About Gallagher Asphalt Corp.:

Founded in 1928 and now in its third generation of family management, Gallagher Asphalt Corp. serves the south and southwest Chicago region and has paved or resurfaced literally thousands and thousands of miles of pavement, under some of the country’s most challenging conditions. With state-of-the-art, high-capacity plants strategically positioned in key south suburban locations, Gallagher effectively and efficiently services commercial and industrial customers throughout more than 3,000 square miles. Gallagher provides an array of paving and asphalt services, including grading, milling, hot-in-place recycling, mix design, stone and base work. The company is dedicated to the timely completion of projects and utilizes the latest technologies—in many cases helping developing them—to ensure superior craftsmanship in its work. For more information, visit

About Dexter + Chaney:

Dexter + Chaney is the leader in cloud-based construction ERP software and developer of Spectrum® Construction Software. The company has been providing complete construction management software for more than 35 years. From the office to the field, from accounting to project management, Dexter + Chaney software is used by more than 1,100 companies. Their clients come from all segments of the industry—heavy/highway and utility, general contractors, electrical, mechanical, and specialty subcontractors—and are companies of all sizes, from locally owned subcontractors to some of the world’s largest construction firms. Dexter + Chaney’s web-based software applications allow customers to get work done anywhere using any device with a web browser and without the need to download any software. For more information about Dexter + Chaney’s products and services, contact Wayne Newitts, Marketing Director, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400; e-mail:; web: