LAS VEGAS, NV – After the housing bubble in Las Vegas during the mid-2000’s there hasn’t been much of a need for construction workers, as numerous houses and properties – purchased by unlucky investors looking to turn a fast buck – found them sitting unused for the better part of a decade or more as the demand for homes seemingly dried up overnight. Fast-forward to 2017, and the rapidly growing and recovering economy of the Southern Nevada region is not only gobbling up those formally vacant dwellings and vacant lots, but demand is now such that the most sought-after employees in the state are not accountants or engineers, but – you guessed it – construction workers.
The numerous construction projects on the drawing board in Las Vegas have resulted in delays as companies far and wide have found themselves short on workers they need. Currently, demand for affordable housing and apartments in Vegas has resulted in a shortage of selection and skyrocketing prices, and companies have been working overtime to erect new dwellings in an attempt to keep up with demand and to help slowly draw those prices down to a more manageable level.
With work currently progressing on the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium, and an estimated $15 billion of construction projects already slated for the next decade, experts say that up to 10,000 workers are currently needed in order to get these projects up and running. In addition to housing, entertainment, retail, and other building projects have sprung up in recent months, including work on a 14-screen movie theater in North Las Vegas that represents a revitalization attempt of the beleaguered area’s economically-downtrodden downtown district.
In addition, construction in Southern Nevada may get an additional shot in the arm thanks to the innovation of two local businessmen; currently, a high amount of materials for house and building construction needs to be delivered into the region from other states or even other countries, but Father and son Barry and Jordan Yost are investing in a new company – Precision Tube Laser LLC – that may change all of that.
Currently, parts for heavy industrial power generating items such as solar towers and pressure vessels are typically constructed and imported from the Southern United States or Asia; however, with the help of state tax abatement in the amount of $89,000, Precision Tube Laser LLC is the new, proud owner of a $1.2 million laser tube cutting machine – the TruLaser Tube 5000 – that is capable of cutting tubing and other materials into shapes with a precision that standard hand-held, propane-based cutting torches are unable to approach. Without the wait and cost of having to order materials from factories hundreds or even thousands of miles away, construction projects in the Las Vegas area can get a head-start on projects that otherwise might be stuck in the mire until expensive imported parts finally arrive.
The arrival of companies such as Precision Tube Laser LLC into the local construction scene are likely to herald more such innovation in the region once their need is proven; it’s likely that other needs relevant to the Vegas construction community that are served via out-of-state sources will eventually be served in-house as well, leading to an even larger boost to local real estate, and in turn, the need for yet more construction workers. Industry analysts are encouraging those looking for work in Nevada to get the training needed to get involved, as the majority of positions needed in construction tend to pay well, and are expected to provide regular work well into the future as Las Vegas continues on its journey back to prosperity.
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