Local construction industry struggling with higher demand and greying labor pool

Here's another great article we were featured in that covers what's happening with employment in the construction industry. We solve this problem by providing our own in-house training and apprenticeship to qualified, but inexperienced new hires. 

Check it out on KDMiner.com https://kdminer.com/news/2017/may/30/local-construction-industry-struggling-higher-dema/ or below:

Sara Gott was on her hands and knees grouting tile at a new home under construction on Meadowbrook Lane, not an easy job, but a steady one.

“It beats sitting behind a desk,” Gott said Friday, just a few weeks into her latest career.

The National Association of Home Builders would like to find more like her. The association estimates that some 200,000 home construction jobs are waiting to be filled in the United States, an 81 percent increase over the past two years.

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BathMasters on FOX 13 10:00 News: Car slams into our new building! But, everyone is okay!

We were on the news again! Car slams into our new building... but, everyone is okay!

Transcript

I was telling one of my guys to get out of the way because I saw the guy driving over the curb coming right at our front door.

With only seconds to spare, employees at a Largo business jump out of the way as a car slams into this building.

You're watching FOX 13, and the 10:00 news starts now. 

The bathroom renovation company in Largo, doing some renovations of their own after an SUV plows right into their building. It just slammed into the building today. And this is the scene at the BathMasters on Ulmerton Road this afternoon. Good bit of damage there. FHP tells us the driver Michael Shane Mandell was trying to change lanes when he hit another vehicle then ran off the road and into the building. 

Troopers did cite him with careless driving. 

Construction job openings grow 81 percent but where are the workers?

Check out this article we were featured in for Contractor Supply Magazine!

Construction job openings grow 81 percent but where are the workers?

Industry faces severe lack of skilled professionals. 

A significant decline in the number of experienced construction workers is wrecking the construction industry at a time when there is an increased need for higher output. BathMasters founder Greg Norman notes the critical need for construction workers to stay healthy and remain in the field for as long as possible so they can teach the next generation the tools of the trade.

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How Do We Fill the Lack of Skilled Construction Workers?

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https://www.recruiter.com/i/how-do-we-fill-the-lack-of-skilled-construction-workers/ 

Up 3 percent from January 2016, construction spending in 2017 totaled $1.180 trillion (seasonally adjusted annual rate). Between March 2016 and March 2017, private residential construction increased by 5.9 percent, while multifamily residential construction jumped 9 percent year-over-year. Additionally, there is a potential boost in demand for construction that will support broader economic growth as the president calls for new legislation that will provide $1 trillion in investments to rebuild aging infrastructure.

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81% Boost in Construction Jobs But Industry Lacking Experienced Workers

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http://www.forconstructionpros.com/business/blog/20861487/81-boost-in-construction-jobs-but-industry-lacking-experienced-workers

81% Boost in Construction Jobs But Industry Lacking Experienced Workers

Significant decline in the number of experienced construction workers is wrecking the construction industry at a time when there is an increased need for higher output.

The National Association of Home Builders estimates that in the U.S., there are currently approximately 200,000 construction job openings waiting to be filled, which is an 81% increase over the past two years.[1] BathMasters founder Greg Norman sees first-hand how this labor shortage is plaguing the construction industry.

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BathMasters on ABC Action News: Local contractor expanding efforts to train workers in construction.

Kira Masik on ABC Action News, The Now explains how BathMasters is changing the construction industry by taking construction training and apprenticing into its own hands.

Transcript:

Well you don't have to look very far to see some kind of construction going on. 

Nearly 90% of contractors are even looking to hire.

And there just aren't enough people out there with the right skills. 

That's why The Now's Kira Masik tells us one company is hiring first and then teaching. 

Sebastian DeLeone is cutting a path into his new career.

Up until 6 months ago, the Bay Area father was working in North Carolina working a job that made him miserable. 

Well I decided to move to Florida to basically follow my dreams. 

He had a buddy working at local contractor BathMasters and learned the Pinellas County company offers a full paid training program to teach the tools of the trade. 

I didn't know what tools were what. I did not know the names of them. And slowly but surely, I can say that I have accomplished a lot. 

Bathermasters is now expanding into a 20,000 SF showroom and warehosuse just to meet the needs of their booming business. 

We're expanding rapidly. 

With that huge growth comes a big need for more workers but Norman says good help is getting harder and harder to find. So the company's new facility includes dedicated training space. 

We're running low on people so we need to, basically everybody needs to start training and apprenticing, quickly, the next generation because it is needed, not just by us. 

Sebastian got his early training done here then started learning in the field side by side with skilled workers. Now he's found what he's good at and puts his training to use every single day. 

And when you get to look back and see what you have accomplished, it's just a beautiful feeling. 

Norman hopes anyone looking for work, if they have no experience or even a college degree, will consider a construction career because the industry's future looks bright. 

For The Now I'm Kira Masik.

BathMasters: Enhance Your Home's Value by Selecting a Licensed & Insured Contractor for Remodeling Projects

Check out our latest news article on cbs8.com!

 BathMasters: Enhance Your Home's Value by Selecting a Licensed & Insured Contractor for Remodeling Projects

Choosing the right contractor for a home remodeling project can determine whether an upgrade is successful or becomes a financial nightmare. Greg Norman, founder of BathMasters, offers the benefits and advantages of hiring a licensed, insured and bonded contractor.

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Bathroom Safety Benefits Seniors

We're in the news again! Here's our latest article on bathroom safety. 

http://edmondlifeandleisure.com/bathroom-safety-benefits-seniors-p14295-98.htm

Bathroom Safety Benefits Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that an elderly American falls every second.

Comprising 55 percent of all unintentional injury deaths, falls are the leading cause of injury or death among Americans aged 65 and over. Despite this risk, the elderly rebuff losing their independence: senior citizens have a greater fear of moving into a nursing home than of death.

Greg Norman, founder of BathMasters, says there are several preventive measures that can be taken to preserve senior citizens’ independence while also ensuring their safety.

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BathMasters: Improper Tiling Can Wreak Havoc on Home Value and Health

Poorly installed tile can cause serious health issues due to mold, and significantly decrease a home’s value. Gregory Norman, founder of BathMasters, highlights the advantages of hiring a professional for tiling projects and encourages homeowners to resist cutting corners.

Read it on NBC-2.com or below. 

Improper Tiling Can Wreak Havoc on Home Value and Health

The homeowner improvement and repair market is expected to reach $317 billion in 2017, (1) and the number of homeowners utilizing DIY and unlicensed contractors for renovations is also on the rise.

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