Recent Project Highlights
This water loss job in Kansas City, MO 64112 was a 4-month restoration project.
The customer called ZIPCO with water everywhere caused by a pressurized sprinkler line break. We responded within an hour (on a Sunday) to 4 floors of water damage.
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Serious Labor Shortage of Tradespeople
One of our unique challenges as a general contractor is finding and managing quality sub-contractors. I am hearing the same thing from multiple sources… the labor market is struggling with a real shortage of skilled labor. Painters, framers, HVAC technicians, plumbers; you name the trade and it is harder to find quality, qualified tradespeople. I have a plumber friend who owns his own company and says every year when he gets recertified, there is nobody under age 40 in the room.
Why are we at this point? Young people for years have been told that they have to go to college to make it in society. They have been made to feel “lesser” in the eyes of their peers and parents if they do not attend college. As a result, fewer young people are choosing a skilled labor trade for a career. Additionally, new construction and capital improvements were virtually non-existent for a five-year period starting around 2007 during the “great recession”.
What can change? While pushing kids towards college is a noble idea, it is still true and will always be true, that college is not for everyone. And it needs to be okay. High schools need to stop pushing students towards college and offer other career pathways like trade schools. There will always be a need for plumbers, HVAC technicians, framers, painters, drywallers, roofers. And there is money to be made in these trades. Couple this with the rising cost of college and one starts to wonder if it even makes financial sense to attend college unless you are specifically being educated to become a doctor, dentist, lawyer, engineer, nurse. The cost of education may simply not be worth it for many young people.
Encouragingly, there is evidence that the pendulum might be swinging back away from attending college. Just today, as I started writing this piece, the Kansas City Business Journal arrived at my desk with the cover story about this very subject. Here is the link to the story, which is right on point and a great start!