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Lucia Mutikani / Reuters / June 19, 2013
Where have all the carpenters gone? Home builders across the United States are scratching their heads for an answer as they struggle to assemble crews to keep up with growing demand.
In some parts of the country, the shortage of skilled carpenters – especially framers – is so bad that builders cannot get projects off the ground and it is taking as much as two months longer than normal to complete a project.
“Right now I have framing material sitting on the job site with the foundation on the ground,” said Stephen Paul, executive vice president at Mid-Atlantic BuildersRead More
Rose Quint / NAHB / May 28, 2013
A recent NAHB survey reveals that professional remodelers have begun to see some shortages of directly employed labor as well as of subcontractors. The findings come from the Labor Availability Report EXTERNAL for the first quarter of 2013, which asked remodelers about shortages for 12 different trades:
In terms of direct labor, results show that at least 35 percentRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / May 17, 2013
Production builders look for ways to close gaps in their supply-chain management.
It’s dawning on more production and custom builders that the problems they’ve been experiencing with rising costs and limited availability of construction labor and materials are not going away, and could become more acute as housing demand continues to pick up.
“Our supply chain is looking for signals on how fast to grow,” said Ken Pinto, vice president of supply chain for Hyphen Solutions, which provides software that connects builders with their suppliers and trades. The problem, he says, isRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / May 13, 2013
Fannie Mae foresees a 1-million-worker shortage, vis-a-vis construction demand, by 2016
John Caulfield / BUILDER / February 6, 2013
Advanced framing, panelization, and modular manufacturing could gain ground.
Kevin Flaherty didn’t have his hopes up. The director of marketing for the modular manufacturer Champion Enterprises, Flaherty expected modest turnouts for the series of seminars on modular construction his company participated in during the International Builders’ Show last month, the first one of which was scheduled right after the keynote address by former Disney Co. honcho Michael Eisner.
To Flaherty’s surprise, that session was standing-room only. And its turnout signaled to Flaherty thatRead More