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When you are hiring a company to complete an important construction job, you want to hire one that has the right licenses and qualifications. Construction companies must be licensed in the states where they work, certified in the specific tasks that are to be performed, have an adequate amount of insurance, should have a solid reputation in the industry, and be in good standing with the State Licensing Board of Contractors. If you need a company that specializes in engineering, power generation, industrial maintenance, and fabrication, Polaris is a well-respected leader in these areas.

Licenses in the State Where Work Will Be Done

Construction companies must be licensed by the Board of Contractors to work in the state where a structure will be built. The State Licensing Board issues various licenses including:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Home Improvement
  • Mold Remediation

When contractors are on a job, they are usually required to post bonds equivalent to five percent of the contracted prices for lump sum or cost-plus arrangements. To see whether a company is in good standing, you can check with the Board of Contractors and/or the Secretary of State.

Certifications for Specific Tasks

Because there are so many specialized tasks to be performed in the construction industry, it’s important that the company you hire is certified to perform the tasks at hand. Because Polaris handles many jobs that involve engineering in the industrial construction field, they are licensed and certified in heavy industrial construction, boiler installation, construction management, and commercial building. Other certifications that heavy construction firms possess enable them to work on:

  • Dams, reservoirs, flood control
  • Electrical-line transmissions
  • Industrial pipes and ventilation
  • Foundations
  • Oil fields and refineries
  • Railroads
  • Tunnels
  • Fencing
  • Wharves, docks, harbors

Insurance Protection

The company you hire for your construction job should be adequately insured to protect your operation and theirs. The type of project you’re hiring a company to handle will impact the amount and type of insurance they should carry. Some examples are:

  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Unemployment and state disability coverage for their workers
  • General Liability
  • Property insurance

Polaris is insured and licensed to work in Louisiana and Texas.

Good Reputation

Construction companies earn solid reputations because they are reliable and do good, competent work. A stellar reputation isn’t something that a contractor can buy; it is something that is earned over time. There are many variables that lead companies to earn prominence and respect in their industry, including:

  • Highly trained on-staff supervisors
  • Large pool of well trained skilled laborers and crafts persons
  • Reliability and promises kept
  • Job deadlines consistently met
  • Punctuality in showing up and completing work on time
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge in the industry including startups, operations, and shutdown procedures

Safety

In addition to being licensed and certified to work on specific projects, make sure the company you hire has rigorous safety measures in place. For example, they should have:

  • Advanced training of all laborers, craftsmen, and supervisors
  • Regular safety inspections
  • Close supervision of workers throughout projects

Polaris is committed to safety, which is reflected in their workflow, training, and fabrication facility.

Finding a Good Company

When you’re ready to hire a construction company, you should do your research to find licensed contractors in your region. You can do this by:

  • Obtaining word-of-mouth referrals from others in your industry.
  • Contacting the State Board of Licensed Contractors for a list of possible companies.
  • Searching online for company profiles and past customer feedback.
  • Interview companies and view their work at previous jobsites.

Hiring the right construction company to complete an important job is no small undertaking. The company you trust with your project must have all the proper qualifications, certifications, and licenses to get the work done on time, safely, and with an exceptional result. Polaris is proud to be highly regarded for heavy construction, engineering, fabrication, and related projects.

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