Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Construction Industry Remains Optimistic

According to the Construction Association of Michigan's (CAM) quarterly business sentiment and expectations survey, we can remain optimistic as business conditions continue to improve.

Contractor sentiment suggests building activity increased to 65.6 in April from 60.0 in March. (Chart #1 all variables).  Meanwhile their expectations for continued growth into the next quarter remain optimistic and  increased to 71.9 in April from 68.5 in March. (Chart #2 all variables)

(Chart 1, Building Activity Increasing <50)


Despite the slowing economy as reported in the general media, Michigan regional contractors and construction managers experienced a 2.8% growth in bid requests this year. Awards in the near term are accelerating as contracts for new construction and renovations also increased by 4.8% between February and April 2012, over 2 times the amount experienced in the same period last year.   

(Chart 2 Expected Growth)

Input costs for materials are moderating while labor costs continue to be a challenge. The workforce remains steady to declining and expectations suggest labor costs are moderate with materials. Overall, the industry remains optimistic that it will experience continued growth which is great news for everyone in this region.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Putting Back; Reinvesting in the Biz

A rare light week for the production crew, we are putting back while there is a lull in the action.

Casey is making repairs to the van and improvements to the interior. A new place to hang trowels opens up a storage compartment, one of six - a 17% improvement in capacity.  Atta boy Casey!

I'm in the basement, cooking up marketing plans.

We'll be back at it next week, on tour with stops in New Castle IN, Wheeling WV; while some of the crew will hang back to finish another house job yet to be revealed.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Project Completion; Berkey Shower

A few days ago we saw the crew smiling and tiling out at this shower somewhere in Berkey, OH. Here's a photo of their completed work. Attaboy guys!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ceramic tile on ceilings? Yep we do that.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Bad Day Tiling is Better Than a Good Day at Work

Here's the crew out at a shower in Berkery. All smiles.

Happy tiling!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Fred Z Does it Again; Fireplace Surround

While Fred Z can be found out at The Pool doing the seasonal coping repair, or trying his hand at brick pavers; recently he finished this fireplace surround in travertine mosaics.  Now that we have the photo, we are sharing it with you.  You like?


Friday, May 18, 2012

Brick pavers; Yes we do that!

Here's Fred on a lovely May afternoon in a lovely flower garden putting in a brick paver path. Atta boy Fred.

Brick Pavers; Yep we do that!