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TurboBid Electrical Estimating Software Expands to Include Plumbing Estimating

Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) November 28, 2011

TurboBid, one of the nation’s leading providers of electrical estimating software, has added the capability to estimate plumbing construction to its award winning TurboBid estimating software.

“We’re very excited about expanding our estimating software capabilities to include plumbing estimating”, stated Bill Ruffner, TurboBid’s founder and CEO. “It’s a natural progression for us. Our TurboBid construction estimating software program will work great for practically any type of construction. The difference lies in TurboBid’s unique stand alone database system which allows users to select which database they want to use for a particular estimate.”

TurboBid’s new plumbing estimating database includes tens of thousands of items and assemblies to allow users to complete plumbing construction estimates. Current material pricing and labor units are included. Both of the plumbing and electrical estimating databases utilize all of TurboBid’s standard features, including the ability to complete take-offs using digital on-screen blueprints.

About TurboBid:

TurboBid is an electrical and plumbing estimating software program that is designed to help all electrical, plumbing and low voltage contractors win more profitable business by providing them with a systematic process to identify all costs, maximize crew productivity and improve their professional image.

Ruffner, in addition to being TurboBid’s founder and CEO, is also an electrical contractor with over 25 years of experience. He always knew that computers provided the fastest and most accurate way to estimate jobs. The problem was that he couldn’t find a software estimating program that met his own unique requirements. According to Ruffner, all of the programs that he tried were either overkill and too complicated or they were too weak. Plus none of them generated the type of detailed, professional looking bid package that he was use to sending to his customers.

“That’s when I decided to create my own estimating program”, said Ruffner. “Since its original inception in 2001, TurboBid has evolved into an award winning estimating solution that works great for estimating all types of electrical and plumbing projects. It’s powerful yet easy to use plus it automatically generates great bid packages. In fact, TurboBid is highly recommended by industry expert Mike Holt and is classified as the “Best Buy” of all major estimating programs on his website.”

Mike Holt invited Ruffner to be a panelist and represent the software industry in his 2012 estimating training DVD package. Holt has released a bonus video from the DVD package that discusses the merits of estimating software. To view the video, go to

Geof Gratny is a contractor out of Kalispell, Montana. Gratny states “I started my business two years ago. I had been working in the field for over 30 years so I knew the industry from an employee’s perspective. Facing the challenges of being a contractor left me with much to learn. I realized that if I was going to succeed, I had to really understand what was involved in the estimating process.”

TurboBid employs a unique format that allows users to easily identify and account for all possible labor and material costs. Additionally, material and assemblies are automatically adjusted to reflect the correct labor unit based on the type of construction as well as any unique construction factors for various locations within the building.

As for the learning curve, “Bill Ruffner of TurboBid was willing and able to walk me through the startup phases of TurboBid. He graciously took the time and led me through several live web based tutorials, numerous personal phone calls and emails to get me up and running. That sold me. I knew if I didn’t get a program with the right support, I’d be wasting my money.” Gratny said.

Gratny said, “I’ve used TurboBid to win jobs including small remodels, service work, large residential, medium commercial and several midsized industrial projects. I really enjoy knowing exactly what my costs are, which enables me to negotiate more confidently.”

Gratny concludes, “I’m convinced that my success in this tight economic time is largely due to being able to produce a professional looking bid package, be accurate with the numbers and know my boundaries for pricing. I’m very happy with TurboBid, the support and the flexibility that it gives me.”

Those interested in learning more about TurboBid can visit their website at

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