Bradley attorney David Pugh was quoted in AL.com on Alabama’s $12 billion commercial construction industry. According to an economic impact study commissioned by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama, the industry employs almost 156,000 people full time and generates a payroll of more than $6 billion a year.
Pugh, chairman of the board of ABC of Alabama, said the study was timely and needed and believes the estimate is conservative. Many of the commercial contractors in Alabama do big business nationally and internationally. What's unclear, he says, is how many of those dollars are flowing back into Alabama.
Pugh explained that the industry has been working to make sure that skilled positions -- stone and brick masons, painters, traditional craft workers -- are filled. It was already working towards this prior to the recession, but the next generation of workers need to know the possibilities in the industry.
"You've had a love affair with high-tech industry without realizing how high-tech construction is," Pugh said. "People with craft skills are making good money, and if you move up into the supervisory level, you'll make a good living with benefits and have a career that can last a lifetime.
"We just need a few more partners, one being the state, to keep the wheels turning," he said.
The complete article, “Commercial construction in Alabama is a $12 billion industry, study says,” appeared on AL.com on February 14, 2018.