The only good news about a national shortage of construction industry workers is that economic recovery for the industry is not yet here. The unsettling thought is that when boom times finally do return, contractors won’t have enough team members to benefit from it.

Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter (ABC) will launch a new Concrete Finishers Training Program at the William L. Henry Training Center in Kulpsville, Pa. This program will be on a condensed schedule, taking place Monday through Friday, Jan.

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) When the recession hit in 2008, the bottom fell out of the housing market virtually overnight. Construction sites became ghost towns. New construction plummeted by 70 percent. Workers found themselves suddenly out of jobs, and many left the industry altogether.

Caterpillar Forest Products has entered into a marketing agreement with Palfinger Inc. to distribute a line of knuckle boom self-loaders produced by Epsilon Kran GmbH under the brand name Prentice/Epsilon. Initially, the line will include multiple models and will be marketed through select distributors experienced with truck-mounted loaders.

Alarm bells began to ring loudly seven years ago. In 2005 the Construction Labor Research Council warned that with many workers in the industry of an age when they would retire in the next decade, unless more apprentices were brought into construction there would be a severe shortage in skilled trades such as carpenters, electricians, pipefitters and welders.

A dynamic apprenticeship program will not by itself save the U.S. construction industry from a looming shortage of skilled labor, but it is “one of the pieces of the puzzle” to stabilizing the labor situation, say industry leaders. Unions, contractors and associations operate apprenticeship programs mostly to teach trade skills.

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter (ABC SEPA) held the official grand opening of its new Apprenticeship and Craft Training Center located in Kulpsville, Pa., on April 4, 2008. This new, 13,400-sq.-ft. facility will serve as an educational training center for more than 300 students annually in the fields of carpentry, electrical, electronic systems technicians, masonry, plumbing, HVAC, sheet metal, roofing and concrete finishing.

Construction is an attractive career choice for a number of reasons. For the independent individual, construction offers numerous opportunities for self-employment and company ownership. Many craftspeople move into management. Workers enjoy a higher remuneration per hour than that paid in other industries.

Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone) has announced the winners of the 2005 Local Craft Championship during the association’s Construction Rodeo in Manheim, PA, on Sept. 25. The first place winners are: Jared C. Maxwell, Nicholas J.

A career as a heavy-equipment service technician isn’t for everyone. But for those with the talent and qualifications, opportunities are endless. Despite that, attracting new people to become service technicians is difficult. Maybe it’s because of the complexity of today’s machines or the hard physical work that’s sometimes involved.

Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone) has applauded the graduates of the 2003 ABC Keystone construction apprenticeship program. This year ABC Keystone graduated 82 apprentices into the carpentry, electrical, HVAC, masonry, plumbing and sheetmetal trades.