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3 Common Mistakes Industrial Contractors Make in Construction

Overseeing a project from start to finish often yields a sense of achievement. Seeing a project come to life makes an entire construction team feel accomplished. Everyone loves a success story, but the bumps along the way can disrupt your team’s progress. Being a leader means you must anticipate both the triumphs and conflicts at any stage of your industrial construction project. Stay ahead by avoiding these three common mistakes in industrial contract planning. 

1. Neglecting to Utilize Suppliers Invested in Your Success

Waiting on materials is never ideal. Construction products such as industrial fasteners, nuts, stud bolts, washers, flange isolation kits, screws, or gaskets seem minor, but make all the difference in your project’s financial health. Shipping products for mega projects, turn-arounds, capital projects, pipeline projects, off-site fabricators and MRO requires an efficient supplier with decades of experience. Ordering, shipping, and tracking your materials must be seamless. Placing orders through an unorganized supplier can set your project back for weeks, even months. Through Troop Industrial, you have access to name-brand materials, on our shelf, approved for the jobs you are working on. We ship materials via Hot Shot, LTL, UPS, FedEx, or even local delivery throughout the Texas and Louisiana Gulf. Even when last-minute emergencies arise, we do whatever we can to ship the same day on in-stock items. We have regular internal discussions about ways we can positively contribute to your project's success. We genuinely care and have a “mission first” attitude. It’s part of our culture and desire to be the best at what we do!

 

2. Improperly Assessing the Budget 

Neglecting to take into consideration current market trends in the supply chain is creating a challenge with performance, maintaining a job schedule, and profitability. Confusion around order acknowledgments, accurate ship dates, documentation, invoices, deliveries, or current material spending could disrupt your project’s integrity. Everyone wants to provide a superior level of performance, and complete a job under budget, and on time. Having a good understanding of what’s going on in the market will prevent you from over-committing, underperforming, going over budget, and possibly losing your client’s confidence. If you’re not working with suppliers that are professionals in their field, that have a finger on the pulse of the current market, it’s hard to be proactive instead of reactive to issues. You already have enough on your plate, collaborating on budget management can help ease the workload. Partner with a supplier who responds to your project’s needs and keeps you abreast of current market challenges (they change almost daily) and has an interest in your success. With Troop Industrial, you have someone on your team that is constantly tracking, sourcing, and collaborating with you and our superior group of manufacturers that we have aligned with.  

 

3. Lack of Ease in Communication Between Companies

Managing material and employees means you’re in constant communication with supervisors, construction managers, purchasing managers, project leads, and buyers. Even if you’re a great communicator, contractors cannot ignore the benefit of digital communication. Cloud-based construction software will ensure optimal material management. Modern software improves efficiency and job management costs during construction to achieve your goals. With digital, 24/7 support, your team receives anytime-anywhere information on order tracking, spending, and job efficiencies. Digital systems like Troop Industrial’s Projexx Group keep your team ahead of schedule. The future of construction is already here, so be sure your next project is ready.


Each plan is unique, but don’t let yourself get caught in these mistakes. Collaborating with a service-first supplier can prevent future pitfalls in industrial projects. Contact Troop Industrial to learn more about our mission to provide quality service and materials to any project.