As demand increases for housing, there are some supply constraints. Because there are less manufacturers of building materials and less lumber and OSB mills than 5 years ago, this uptick in demand has created some supply chain challenges. This has resulted in some increased lead times and price increase pressure. Our industry is now also seeing some labor constraints. For the last several years, the construction industry has not been the most attractive industry to enter and few new tradespeople have come into the construction workforce. This has caused a shortage of qualified tradespeople for jobsite construction, including carpenters.
We have a couple ways to help be part of the solution. Our Zeeland Contractor Services (ZCS) division was developed to connect qualified labor trades with the general contractor. Whether it is a framing, roofing, siding, window or cabinet installation, this business unit exists to offer material and labor solutions. If you have a difficult time getting a portion of the home constructed, call ZCS for a potential solution. At Zeeland Truss and Components (ZTC), we build roof and floor trusses, and wall panels. Wall panel construction offers a solution to conventionally jobsite framing by offering a constructed wall panel for easier and more timely installation in the field. Wall panel construction can save up to half of the field labor. It is also an efficient, sustainable construction process with less waste in the jobsite dumpster. We are ready to serve your needs at ZTC with wall panels, and ZCS with labor solutions.