At a time when the demand for construction is high, a shortage of concrete is having an adverse effect on the industry.
According to a report from Fox Business, as cement supplies dry up, construction companies are faced with difficult and expensive schedules related to the essential building material.
Concrete shortage in the construction sector
Shortages of cement supplies are coupled with labor shortages, which are taking their toll on industry, at a time when construction is in high demand.
Construction contractors need to be aware of the shortages so they can plan accordingly and avoid damaging downtime.
The “perfect storm” for the construction industry
Speaking to Fox & Friends, Dan Crosby, president of Metrocon Inc., a Southern California-based ready-mix concrete company, described the shortages as creating the “perfect storm” for the construction industry.
“The birth… that is the cause of most… [the shortage] back during COVID… the cement plants… didn’t know how to navigate like all of us in the construction industry,” Crosby said, adding, “Demand for construction has just exploded here in South Carolina, exceeding the manufacturing process.”
Crosby went on to say that Metrocon is only doing 60% of the work it normally can handle amid labor and supply shortages.
Desperate need for truck drivers and cement carriers
The Metrocon president added that his company is in urgent need of truck drivers and cement carriers.
With increased workloads and shortages of materials and manpower, it is easy for construction projects to fall behind, which can be damaging to the company’s reputation and profits.
Any construction company should keep an eye on fluctuating supply levels, including dwindling concrete stocks, and take the necessary steps to protect their projects and ultimately their company’s reputation.
They should also strive to maintain a healthy, happy workforce to help prevent labor shortages and the problems this can cause.
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