Tag Archives: Bill Stricker

For want of qualified workers (access required)

Construction jobs have been increasing in the Charlotte area and are expecting to keep doing
so; some fear a lack of skilled workers may delay projects. Photo by Payton Guion

CHARLOTTE – The writing has been on the yet-to-be-built wall for the last couple of years. After a tough time during the Great Recession, construction firms have returned to their feet and are rebuilding the business that was lost during ...

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Riding the Crest: Student housing developer has found a way to grow while keeping costs low (access required)


CHARLOTTE – Campus Crest in 2004 didn’t own and hadn’t built a single residential bed. Nine years later, the Charlotte-based student housing developer is approaching 50,000 beds in 87 student-specific apartment communities, spread across 25 states. The company is also ...

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Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma (access required)

Staffing firm Manpower has found skilled-labor positions to be the most difficult positions to fill, as tradesmen are on the decline. Photo by Nell Redmond

Construction industry insiders now rushing to determine how best to cope with a labor shortage and its primary cause: Young people largely aren’t interested in joining the trades. Contractors are struggling to find skilled labor, a trend that could hinder future construction work.

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