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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

The Need for Skill

FMI says in a report that 78 percent of contractors surveyed expect to increase the level of skilled trade workers by 10 percent or more in the next 10 years.

One of the big drivers of this increase is that 45 percent of general contractors surveyed expect to increase the amount of self-performed work in the future, according to FMI’s Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report.

The top five hardest-to-fill trades are: operator (heavy equipment), welders (boilermaker), carpenter, pipefitter (all including plumbers) and ironworkers (reinforcing).

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Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report