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Maggie Puccini

Puccini: Preserving your construction lien rights

Business is booming for the construction industry, and not a moment too soon. Prior to the recent recession, construction employment hit an all-time high of 7.7 million jobs, but then reduced 30 percent of its workforce by January 2011.

PUCCINI: Businesses and bankruptcy: What you need to know

Earlier this month, Hancock Fabrics Inc. declared bankruptcy. This is the second time in less than a decade that the company — one of the largest fabric sellers in the United States with 250 locations in 37 states — has sought protection from creditors.