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Understanding and Overcoming Negative Industry Trends

When it comes to St George UT construction, there are quite a few challenges that the industry faces from an economic standpoint. Operating at a high-efficiency level is very important if you want your company to avoid them. Always doing everything you can to save money and time should be one of your highest priorities. Though there are many more challenges than the ones we will discuss here, this article will focus on what we feel are the three main ones. Keep yourself apprised of these three aspects of the St George UT construction industry and stay competitive. After that, we’ll address what can be done in lieu of these hardships.

Industry Retreats

Since 2015, the construction of both nonresidential and residential buildings in the U.S. has gone up over 10%. However, other areas of the industry have experienced a retreat. A retreat of over 10% has been experienced in non-building construction and a retreat of over 40% has been experienced in electric utilities and gas plants (since 2016). These retreats will almost certainly be accompanied by a decline in how many jobs are available overall.

Labor Shortage

Ten years ago when a recession hit, a lot of people working in construction (Southern Utah included) departed the industry and didn’t come back, even though job availability is roughly back to where it was before, arguably even better. The effects of this are still felt today as the majority of St George UT construction companies still have a somewhat hard time finding people to work for them. As a natural result, higher wages are often implemented to try and persuade and attract skilled workers to join, as well as necessarily being more careful and scrupulous concerning how many projects (and what size of projects) they take on.

Falling Oil Prices

Citizens typically love it when the price of oil goes down, but there is also an overall adverse effect when this happens. For example, the United States, in general, is usually required to lay off oil workers by the thousands in these circumstances, not to mention steep capital expenditures decline in oil and gas. The construction industry sees a direct effect from this, as do the metals and trucking industries in the form of lower job availability and projects.

What To Do About It

Productive tool control is one way to counteract these negative industry trends. You can upgrade your bottom line by doing things like implementing a tool control system that is automated instead of using Excel spreadsheets and printed paper. This helps tremendously because then you will hardly ever need to replace tools and will save you money by not needing as many staff members to run a tool room. You can then allocate those savings where they are needed more. These tracking and management systems have the ability to do so many great things like making inventory easier and more efficient.


We’re not saying that a new, automated tool control system will be the cure-all for every one of your problems, but it certainly will be one of the most advantageous and helpful changes you can make to your company to help you avoid and beat the tough economy and improve your bottom line as quickly and effectively as possible. Your productivity will go up, job satisfaction will go up, and the positive ripple effect will be felt throughout your St George UT construction company. Visit our site weekly for more informative articles relevant to the St George construction industry.

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Understanding and Overcoming Negative Industry Trends

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