Construction’s Increased Reliance on Prefabrication is Just the Beginning

Prefabrication is the answer to one of the construction industry’s most pressing challenges: a lack of skilled workers. Builders shed millions of jobs after the bottom fell out of the housing market, and enlisting craftsmen now is proving difficult.

According to a June 6th Wall Street Journal article, “a shortage of skilled workers is stirring a variety of responses in the construction industry, from higher wages to an increasing reliance on prefabrication work.”

Prefab does indeed save on labor costs, enabling work dependent on skilled workers (and weather) to be done inside a factory by fewer people. But that’s just one of prefab’s benefits.

Mark Luegering, an SVP at Messer Construction in Cincinnati says they are using prefabrication to address a tightening labor market by sending fewer people to job sites, which also improves safety and quality.

“Construction managers are looking to prefabrication more and more to solve labor woes now, but we’re confident that once they experience all the ways it helps–better quality, shorter timelines, and dependable schedules—they’ll continue to use prefab on their projects,” said Kent Hodson, president and general manager, who is quoted in the WSJ article.

And PIVOTek is positioned to take on the additional work. “We expect business to grow as much as 50% this year,” said Hodson.

Our prefab manufacturing business also benefits workers—they’re shielded from weather and work in a safer environment—as well as architects and engineers, who get to work more closely with the craftsman and have more control over outcomes.

“We want to take this opportunity to advance and grow our industry—and to enlist new talent for modular construction manufacturing. We’re proud of our craftsmanship and know that we can help improve construction projects and please our customers,” said Hodson.