Dexter + Chaney Earns 'Innovation Award' From Electrical Contracting Products
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Dexter + Chaney Earns 'Innovation Award' From Electrical Contracting Products

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Brad Mathews, Dexter + Chaney, 800-875-1400; e-mail: Email Contact;
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SEATTLE, October 11, 2005: Dexter + Chaney has earned an INNOVATION Award from Electrical Contracting Products magazine for its Forefront(R) Construction Management Software. The competition “recognizes outstanding companies whose products or services have best responded to the $82 billion electrical contracting market’s challenges by offering creative and innovative ideas,” according to the magazine.

Divided into 16 product categories, the 2005 INNOVATION Awards were judged by a panel of professional electrical contractors who evaluated more than 120 finalists on six criteria: innovation, ease of use, cost effectiveness, quality contribution, maintainability and productivity improvements. Dexter + Chaney tied for the award in the software category.

John Chaney, Dexter + Chaney president and co-founder, shared credit for the award with Forefront’s electrical-contractor customers. He noted that many of the 840 new functions and features in the latest version of Forefront resulted from customer suggestions.

Forefront Version 12 offers a SQL database structure, an excellent tool for organizing and retrieving data that benefits construction companies of all sizes as they grow. It also features a Web Portal that gives a construction company’s employees and customers access to critical data and functions in Forefront—including payroll and equipment entry as well as customer service—from any computer with an Internet connection.

“Our customers rely on Forefront to manage their operations,” Chaney explained. “Their suggestions for Forefront are vital to their success—and ours.”

Electrical Contracting Products is published by Cygnus Business Media and reaches more than 40,000 medium to large electrical contractors each month. It focuses exclusively on products purchased and installed by electrical contractors. For more information, visit or contact Brian Taylor at 847-454-2708, Email Contact.

More than 1,000 construction companies throughout the United States use Dexter + Chaney’s Forefront(R) Construction Management Software. Forefront includes 30 integrated modules that handle project management, construction accounting, service management, human resources, document imaging, remote connectivity and data sharing. Companies that use Forefront report they have improved profitability and have grown their businesses more than 300 percent without adding accounting staff.

Forefront placed first overall in the Job Costing/Accounting/Payroll Applications category of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) 2004 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, fifth edition. Dexter + Chaney also finished first in service-management software for the specialty-trades category. More than 3,500 total users make use of Forefront’s Document Imaging component, which addresses a typically painful problem for contracting firms: giving management, office staff and project managers the fast access they need to important documents like AP invoices, change orders, payroll timecards, contracts and others.

For more information about Dexter + Chaney or Forefront, contact Brad Mathews, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400 or 206-364-1400; fax: 206-367-9613; e-mail: Email Contact;
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Statistics excerpted from CFMA’s 2004 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, fifth edition, with the permission of the Construction Financial Management Association, Princeton NJ, 609-452-8000. CFMA neither evaluated nor ranked software in terms of performance. The survey should not be construed as the advice or opinion of CFMA.