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Bottom-of-Chain, or Low-Tier
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What is Bottom-of-Chain or Low-Tier?

Bottom-of-Chain or Low-Tier in the construction industry refers to the lowest level of subcontractors or suppliers involved in a construction project. They are at the end of the construction chain, typically providing specific services or materials as subcontracted by higher-tier companies. These can include specialized tasks like electrical work, plumbing, landscaping, or supply of construction materials. Their work is crucial as they lay the foundation for more complex tasks to be executed by upper-tier contractors. They are also bound by the contracts in place, like other members of the chain, although directly managed by mid-tier subcontractors instead of the main contractor.