According to a May 5, 2017 report from Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the construction labor shortage is improving but is still a challenge in many parts of the country. Since the end of the Great Recession, the construction market has picked up significantly but not all qualified craftsmen and women have returned to the industry. In addition, many states and communities have cut funding to technical training for young workers.
As a result, the construction industry is short about half a million workers, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper goes on to report that insufficient labor for construction demand drives up the cost of some construction projects.
LaForce can help alleviate some of the labor shortfalls experienced by general contractors. For example, our door hardware pre-installation* capabilities can greatly reduce the time needed for hanging doors on-site. We recently completed a project where the general contractor compared pre-installed and traditionally installed doors. The customer found that when LaForce pre-installed hardware, it reduced on-site door installation labor costs by 60%. In conjunction with this service, many customers opt to have LaForce provide pre-finished** doors. This alleviates on-site labor that can slow job progress. Combining both of these services results in pre-finished doors with pre-installed hardware, reducing on-site labor needs.
Can the construction labor shortage be solved? There is no easy answer. But through innovations like LaForce’s door hardware pre-installation and door pre-finishing services, there is hope on the horizon.
*Pre-installation is the process in which hardware such as hinges, door closers, exit devices, locks, electrified hardware, and flat goods are installed onto the doors prior to shipping to the jobsite. Watch our video to see how the entire process can save time, help meet deadlines, and provide a hassle-free jobsite installation.
**Pre-finishing is when doors are painted in a controlled environment prior to shipping to the jobsite, which is advantageous from both quality and efficiency standpoints.