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Supply Chain Woes and the Florida Construction Industry

The pandemic has had a big impact on many industries, and the construction industry is no exception. While the pandemic has exacerbated issues that the construction industry was already facing, like concerns with materials and labor, the long-lasting effects are likely to be felt by those looking to build or buy a home in Florida for the foreseeable future.

Supply Chain Concerns

Supply chain issues are affecting a number of industries all over the country, with the construction industry suffering from severe delays because supplies and materials are in such short supply. 

When supply can’t meet demand, prices go up. So, the home construction industry is dealing with both a scarcity of materials and materials prices that have soared well above pre-pandemic averages. Those in the industry are reporting that materials have been delayed for up to three months. Delays in materials from windows to concrete blocks and trusses mean that a construction project cannot move forward.

Those wanting to have a house custom-built are looking at double the time from start to finish due to issues with the delay in supplies and materials. For instance, for a home that would usually take six months to complete, homeowners are looking at a full year for the build to be completed. This has also led to a housing shortage as new homes construction has been delayed.

Labor Issues

The construction industry is also dealing with a shortage of skilled labor, but that issue predates the pandemic for many years. While a shortage of skilled labor is not a new issue for the construction industry, it certainly is not helping the supply chain and delay issues.

Recommendations 

Construction industry experts advise those looking to build new construction to resign themselves to a delay. Other recommendations included choosing contractors with good relationships with suppliers and to choose materials and supplies that are in stock, rather than things that need to be special ordered.

At Tucker Paving, we offer over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We put our expertise to good use for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling (863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let us know how we can assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!

Great Topics on Tap for 2021 NAPA Midyear Meeting

The National Asphalt Paving Association’s (NAPA) Midyear Meeting is slated for July 18-21. It’s an event for contractors, DOT personnel, construction managers, environmental managers, engineers, designers, estimators, business executives, upper management, young professionals, vendors and more. The event will be filled with committee meetings and educational sessions that are focused on promoting and advancing the asphalt pavement industry. See details of the event below.

What to Expect
Keynote sessions and micro-sessions that highlight innovative projects, regulatory updates, and technological advances.

Sessions planned for the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Workzone Safety Micro-Session: WatchForUs: Raising Awareness to Protect Workers
  • Environmental Health & Safety Micro-Session: Developing a Silica Respiratory Protection Program for Asphalt Mix Plants
  • Asphalt Marketing Micro-Session: Countering Concrete’s Competitive Claims: What’s Working?
  • Legislative Micro-Session: What the Emerging Infrastructure Bills in Congress Mean for the Asphalt Pavement Industry
  • Pavement Economics: LCCA Micro-Session: Reevaluating Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Sitting in on select committee meetings to learn about the industry and share your input and expertise. Examples of committee meetings at the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Communications Committee meeting 
  • Political Action Committee Meeting
  • Committee for Engineering Application and Practice
  • Legislative Committee

Create and strengthen relationships with fellow members and NAPA’s leadership. Networking opportunities at the meeting include:

  • Refreshment breaks
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and general sessions
  • A networking reception

Participants can attend in person or virtually. Save on registration fees by registering before June 30. Those wishing to attend can register here.

At Tucker Paving, we offer?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry. We put our expertise to good use for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online,?to let us know how we can assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!?