81% Boost in Construction Jobs But Industry Lacking Experienced Workers

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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

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 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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Steps to Avoid Bathroom Falls

By Gregory Norman, Special to the Coastal Real Estate Guide
Norman is co-founder of BathMasters, a Florida plumbing, electrical and building contractor company.

View it in the Coastal Real Estate Guide or below.

Steps to Avoid Bathroom Falls

The Centers for Disease Control reports that an elderly American falls every second and are the leading cause of injury or death among Americans aged 65 and over.

There are several preventive measures that can be taken to preserve senior citizens’ independence while also ensuring their safety.

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Hiring Unlicensed Contractors – Risky Business

Take a look at this new article written by our President and Founder Greg Norman, just published in Residential Contractor Magazine.

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.

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Nearly 150 seniors in Kingman suffered injuries from a fall in 2016

Take a look at this article we contributed to which was just published in the Daily Miner:

https://kdminer.com/news/2017/mar/13/nearly-150-seniors-kingman-suffered-injuries-fall-/

A fall for an elderly person could mean serious injury and even death.

According to a 2015 report by the University of Michigan Health System, falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults and about a third of older adults fall each year.

Over a 12-year period from 1998 - 2010, the prevalence of self-reported falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, according to a new nationally representative study. Researchers used a sample of middle-aged and older adults and found that from 1998-2010 among adults age 65-and-over and found an 8-percent increase in falls – which translates to a relative increase of nearly 30 percent.

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Why You Shouldn't Cut Corners When Remodeling

We have a great new article published in the March Issue of MR Residential (page 49). 

Why You Shouldn't Cut Corners When Remodeling

Greg Norman, President/Founder, BathMasters

Remodeling can get pricey and often going with an unlicensed or semiskilled contractor may sound like your best bet. You'll save thousands of dollars, so what can go wrong? A lot. We've all heard the phrase, "You get what you pay for." That almost always applies when you are looking to do home renovations. Doing it the right way isn't always cheap; the national average cost to remodel a midrange bathroom is $18,546 and an upscale remodel averages $59,979.

Unlicensed contractors are excellent salesmen. They can knock those costs way down and will convince you that the work they are doing is in compliance with code so you won't have anything to fear if you resell your home.

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