The Layton Companies Base

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2004-02-05 Print this article Print

"As the holding company for four construction and engineering firms, Layton was being pummelled by paper. Too many projects, bids and employees—and not enough control over estimates."

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Headquarters: 9090 S. Sandy Parkway, Sandy, Utah 84070
Phone: (801) 568-9090
Business: A holding company for four engineering and construction-related general-contracting firms providing commercial construction services in the U.S.
Chief Information Officer: Steve Wright
Challenge: Implement enterprise- and project-management software to reduce operating expenses and accurately forecast costs for new job bids.
Financials in fiscal 2003: Estimated sales of about $400 million; net income not disclosed.
Baseline Goals:

  • Improve annual sales by at least 15%

  • Reduce accounting overhead by 25%. (Layton declines to disclose the specific number of employees.)

  • Trim billing order process from five days to less than one hour.

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    Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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