New venture aims to streamline project subcontracting

Shortages of labor and materials are giving companies headaches. Michael Bistline is hoping to bring some targeted relief through a new venture launched this month by his Harrisburg-area business, Phillips Workplace Interiors. The venture is called Condivx and it aims to serve as a one-stop shop for general contractors looking for subcontractors at a time …

Lancaster County business owner turns to employees for succession plan

In fall 2018, Dan Laird was crouching in a duck blind on Maryland’s Eastern Shore when a banker friend asked him about his plans for Commonwealth Fire Protection Co. Laird had taken over the Lancaster County company in 2017 after the death of his business partner and longtime friend, Paul Hoffnagle, in a chain-saw accident. …

At contractors group, canceled meetings and anxious members

When the first cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania were announced March 6, schools and businesses were open.  But as the virus spread over the next week, the Keystone Contractors Association decided to cancel a legislative reception scheduled for March 16 at the Hilton Harrisburg, said Jon O’Brien, executive director of the association, which has about …