"Many construction firms across the country are facing significant workforce shortages, especially within the largest segment of the workforce, hourly craft workers. These shortages are forcing firms to increase pay and benefits and adopt labor-saving tools and methods. Yet these strategies can only go so far for an industry that remains heavily labor intensive. That is why we need a new, state-by-state focus on recruiting the next generation of construction workers into the industry. Establishing a special week focused on the many benefits and rewards of working in construction will go a long way in helping bring new workers into high-paying construction careers"
-Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO, Associated General Contractors of America