Industry News

It's Ultimately a Problem for Everyone - The Workforce Shortage is Expensive

By Dewey Pearman, Executive Director, Construction Advancement Foundation


The construction industry has a marked need for an infusion of young blood into the workforce.

Across the country, the number of young construction workers declined by nearly 30 percent over the eleven-year period between 2005 and 2016, according to U.S. Census data compiled by BuildZoom, a contractor website with access to hundreds of millions of permits and license records. This rapid decline has been detrimental for contractors and project owners alike, as the labor needs have made a significant impact on costs.


The Scope of the Problem

While contractors across the entire countr...

Trade Program Celebrates First Grads

June 13th 2017 (Originally published on May 27, 2017 at the www.thenewsdispatch.com)


MICHIGAN CITY — Members of the Indiana/ Kentucky/ Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) visited the A.K. Smith Career Center on Thursday morning to celebrate the first graduating class from its Construction Technology Program in Indiana.

The program focused on trade skills such as carpentry, plumbing, heating, masonry, drywall, roofing, insulation, electricity, interior decorating and finishing.

The two-year program serves six La Porte County high school...

Companies Volunteer in Tearing Down Vacant Homes

March 14th 2017 (Originally published on March 10, 2017 at the www.chicagocrusader.com)


Many have gone as far as calling Gary a “ghost town” when comparing the city to its former glory. With nearly two dozen closed schools and over 5,000 abandoned buildings, the vacant buildings and empty lots strewn amongst the city have long been a sore spot for residents.
On March 7, five construction companies took to the Aetna area to tackle the problem head on.

Rieth-Riley Construction, C. Lee Construction Services, P & C Trucking, McAllister Equipment, and Hasse Construction partnered with Gary’s Demolition Department to demolish u...

Retiring Workers and a Wealth of Projects Create Excellent Opportunities

February 24th 2017 (Originally published on February 20, 2017 at the www.nwibq.com)


Industry leaders are striving to pound home the reality and benefits of a career in construction while riding the wave of change to ensure a trained and knowledgeable workforce is available for Northern Indiana projects.

 Kevin Comerford, director of professional development at the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) in Portage, says the industry continues to be a key sector for regional growth.

“When you think of construction, it means that either the government or the private sector is making a...

$3.6 trillion needed for U.S. infrastructure by 2020

January 20th 2017 (Originally published on January 20, 2017 at the www.nwitimes.com)


PORTAGE — Kristina Swallow wants to raise the grade on the country's aging infrastructure.

It's a lofty goal, given that our nation's infrastructure was assigned a letter grade of D-plus in 2013, in a compilation of individual state ratings by civil engineers from around the country.

Swallow, who serves as the national president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, is hopeful there will be improvements when a new overall letter grade is issued by her organization ...

Draw on NWI Labor Assets

January 16th 2017 (Originally published on January 6, 2017 at the www.nwitimes.com)


Our capacity to meet the complex infrastructure needs of a current or prospective employer is one of Northwest Indiana’s great assets.

We have about 14,500 skilled tradesmen, and it’s estimated we have 700 or so commercial, industrial, institutional and public works contractors.
Some are large general contractors often teamed with smaller sub-contractors that specialize in ni...