Resolving the Construction Labor Shortage

Three key strategies that can help combat the current labor shortage in the homebuilding industry By DON NEFF The building industry is facing a shortage of skilled labor that needs to be addressed if our goal is ramping up housing production. In California alone, Governor Gavin Newsom has a stated goal of 3.5MM new homes by 2025, or 500,000 homes per year. This production goal is very lofty given the industry’s actual delivery trends over the past 10-20 years. Across all construction trades, the housing industry is constrained by a severe labor…

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End of Shutdown Still Leaves Contract Workers Hanging

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty over when they’ll resume work or whether they’ll ever be paid for time lost to the stalemate over President Donald Trump’s border wall. For the hundreds of thousands of people who work for private companies that support government, the future will be decided in part by how quickly federal agencies get running after the record…

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How to Protect New Home Construction From Winter Weather

Whether it is during construction and post-construction, here are some ways to make sure the home you are building can withstand wintertime weather By BRAD PAVLOSKI Imagine a new client wanting to build a home in a geographic part of the country that reaches negative temperatures and sees several feet of snow during winter. As you can probably surmise, this situation can present unique challenges to professionals in the homebuilding industry. However, with the right strategy, protecting new home construction from the winter weather can result in an efficient and…

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Tuffy Security Products Center Console Insert Named to Equipment Today’s 2018 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products List

Equipment Today, the nationally recognized equipment magazine which serves commercial construction contractors, has selected Tuffy Security Products’ Model 334 Center Console Insert for Ford(r) F-150 XLT models as one of the favored new construction products of 2018. Editorial teams from Equipment Today and ForConstructionPros.com collected inquiries and site engagement from new products featured in Equipment Today over a 12 month period between May 2017 and April 2018. The top 50 winning products represent the leading edge of innovation, quality, efficiency and productivity in the construction equipment field today.  Tuffy Security’s…

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The Benefits of Using Steel in Residential Construction

Using steel in residential construction has more and better benefits with fewer negative consequences than anything else on the market By STEVEN WRIGHT It takes about 22 mature pine trees, weighing more than a ton each, to frame a 2,600 square foot house.  It can take 15 to 20 years to grow a mature pine tree that averages 80 feet tall and two feet in diameter. It takes about 12 tons of steel to build the same size house. More than half of the steel used is recycled from old…

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Hiring Unlicensed Contractors – Risky Business

Unlicensed contractors make it difficult on licensed contractors by pushing fair wages lower while real licensed contractors compete against guys who do not play by the rules or have the same overhead cost By Gregory Norman As the founder of a family-owned building, electrical, and plumbing contracting company and as someone who grew up amongst master tradesman that were fully licensed and skilled, I have my fair share of experience with unlicensed contractors—mostly from rebuilding their mistakes. Let’s start with some examples involving the opening of new locally-owned delis and…

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