As Michigan's weather changes over to winter, the snow beginning to fly, and the transportation construction season winds down, companies are in the process of forecasting their labor needs for the 2019 construction season. The recent reality continues to persist as construction companies review their workforce; we need more laborers in our industry and where do we find them?
Michigan Construction would like to welcome our newest partner, All State Crane and Rigging. All State Crane and Rigging is one of Michigan’s premier crane, rigging and trucking companies. Founded in West Michigan, but truly living up to the “All State” name with projects completed in every corner of the country. They offer all types of exciting career opportunities.
Creating ground-up programs to interest and train young people in construction trades is an enormous task, but one that is beginning to reap rewards. During the past year in Michigan, two programs have shown promise in helping the construction industry and the students learn how to train for a trade and create careers for a strong future.
Among the most important aspects of the programs was the participation and commitment by many Michigan Construction Partners. These companies and organizations recognize that their willingness to actively promote the programs, provide hands-on experiences, contribute their expertise, and ultimately provide jobs for graduates is key to success and to rebuilding the workforce.
Since late 2017, four important bills have been enacted in Michigan that are designed to improve access to and delivery of information about skilled trade career choices, reduce the certification requirements for qualified high school instructors, and allow certified teachers count time spent connecting with employers and others toward professional recertification. Each provides another step forward in the drive to create a new skilled trades workforce, helping to clear the way for change.
One of the most trusted names in Romulus, Michigan, Osborne Concrete Co. has been supplying the area with building supplies since 1965. Currently, it is the third generation of the original founder that still runs things.
Topics: Construction Industry
Michigan Construction knows that employee safety on the construction site is top of mind for all of our partners. We have teamed up with USA Hoist to bring you this article about construction safety tips and a great info-graphic highlighting safety best practices when climbing a ladder, proper use of tools, personal protective equipment and operating heavy machinery.
The Florence Cement Company is a southeastern Michigan contractor located in Shelby Township and specializing in public and private road construction. For the past 51 years the company has focused on constructing and reconditioning concrete and asphalt roads in newly developed subdivisions, metropolitan and rural arterial roads, and local street rehabilitation projects. Going forward, Florence Cement is committed to providing continued service and quality to its clients for decades to come.
Michigan Construction Partner West Michigan-based Anlaan Corporation specializes in bridge construction and heavy civil construction with unique expertise and experience in design build, accelerated construction, bascule bridge, and bridge rehabilitation projects. Additional specialties include steel sheet and foundation piling, earth retention, mechanically stabilized earth walls, sound walls, boardwalks, prefabricated steel and concrete structures, pedestrian and timber bridges, as well as marine projects. They actively pursue public and private projects with qualified sub-contractors throughout the states of Michigan and Indiana.
We’ve all heard the joke about Michigan having two seasons, winter and orange barrels, but when the barrels do appear it’s time to get serious about work zone safety. This year, the week of April 9-13 is the dedicated time to remind us all: Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility.