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Michigan's Construction Industry: By the Numbers

Posted by Heather Smith on Sep 29, 2017 7:46:58 AM

Michigan is facing a crisis on the construction front – plenty of work and not nearly enough workers to do it. That’s according to the new report, “Michigan’s Construction Industry: By the Numbers,” recently released by the Michigan Construction Foundation.

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Fisher Companies partners with the Michigan Construction Movement

Posted by Heather Smith on Sep 25, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Ralph J. “R. J.” Fisher, Sr. and his wife, Zelda, founded the Fisher Companies in 1925 with the start of their first business, Fisher Sand and Gravel, of Midland, Michigan. The couple managed a small farm, and R. J. began to supplement their income with teamster work. By World War I, he operated 14 teams of horses to provide hauling and gravel services for the Dow Chemical Company and Midland County. Together, Zelda, R. J. and their sons Arthur “Bill,” James and Ralph “Bud” weathered the Great Depression, labor and material shortages, and World War II, in which Bill and Jim served.

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History of the Construction Association of Michigan

Posted by Heather Smith on Sep 22, 2017 2:26:29 PM

In a time before Ford made automobiles, prior to Edison perfecting electric lights, and when the U.S. Postal Service was experimenting with salaried mail carriers, contractors assembled in various locations, mostly to play cards or checkers, and informally discussed construction projects. 

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The Walbridge Group Joins the Michigan Construction Movement

Posted by Heather Smith on Sep 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Michigan Construction is proud to welcome The Walbridge Group to the movement that is uniting the industry and changing the way people connect with careers in construction.

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Careers in Construction Pay More Than Just Money

Posted by Heather Smith on Sep 5, 2017 6:30:00 AM

There's no doubt about it, a career in construction is hard work, no matter if you are a craft laborer, an iron worker or construction engineer. Designing, planning and building the infrastructure, houses and businesses for your community is hard work. But for those who are willing to work hard, careers in construction pay off big time. 

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Topics: Construction Career, Michigan Construction Movement

How to Make Construction Sexy

Posted by Heather Smith on Jul 12, 2017 4:16:53 PM

One of the key reasons Michigan Construction started was because we believe that the world needs to know how cool and “sexy” construction really is. Last April, a group of business leaders challenged Michigan marketers to put the sizzle back in skilled trades. We are breaking down stereotypes commonly associated with the construction industry: Low Pay, Dirty, Dumb, Shallow, Uneducated, Unsafe. And yes, we hope to make plumbers sexy too.

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The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) joins the Michigan Construction Movement

Posted by Heather Smith on Jun 29, 2017 12:42:35 PM

Michigan Construction would like to welcome the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) to the movement that is uniting the industry and changing the way people connect with careers in construction.

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Closing Michigan’s Construction Talent Gap: Infrastructure Employers Pave the Way

Posted by Heather Smith on Jun 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Across the entire supply chain, from raw materials to the completed project, Michigan’s construction industry is facing an unprecedented construction talent gap. The construction workforce development pipeline is broken. Home builders, in particular are claiming worker shortage is reaching crisis level.

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37-Million and Counting: Michigan Construction Campaign Well Underway

Posted by Heather Smith on Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Michigan is very familiar with the process of creating a single brand to promote a critical issue impacting the state economy.  In 2008, the Pure Michigan® brand was created to market Michigan as a travel and tourism destination.

Millions of people throughout the country have seen the Pure Michigan® campaign on their televisions or heard it on the radio.  The melodic sound of Tim Allen’s voice sincerely guides viewers and listeners through scenes of what can only be described as, you guessed it, pure Michigan!

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Michigan Faces Long-term Workforce Shortage Key Factors: Household Growth, Personal Debt, Immigration

Posted by Heather Smith on Jun 15, 2017 4:48:35 PM

A collective of industry associations and the regional government gathered in Novi for the 2017 Mid-Year Economic Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast. The Construction Association of Michigan, the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan, the Architect’s Institute of Architects Michigan and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) hosted over 200 people on what the economic forecast looks like specifically for Southeast Michigan and more generally for the state. The event featured two speakers.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement

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