Category: Light Industrial

Warehouse Construction On Course To Boom In 2018

In 2017, I wrote about how the rise of e-commerce caused a rise in wages for warehouse positions. But the slow decline of brick-and-mortar retail in favor of online shopping is boosting another industry, too. Warehouse construction. Warehouse Boom Moody Analytics predicts that internet retailers are going to need even more industrial space for their …

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Starter Home Prices Rise, While Apartment Construction Slows

Rising construction costs are putting the price of new starter homes out of reach for many first-time home buyers. A Shortage Of Affordable Starter Homes The construction worker shortage is one factor that’s raising the price of new homes. 69% of home-builders say they can’t find enough qualified laborers to finish their projects on time. …

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Last-Minute Protests Against New ELD Mandate

Tick-tock. The countdown to the ELD mandate is only five days away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new rules require truck drivers to now use an electronic logging device (ELD) to track their service hours. ELDs work by monitoring and recording data directly from a truck’s engine. Some trucking companies already use ELDs. However, many owner-operators …

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The Hottest Manufacturing Jobs

The manufacturing industry started adding jobs in 2010. This came as a surprise to many economy watchers who’d declared America’s manufacturing sector defunct. Higher costs associated with labor and transporting goods are spurring some companies to move overseas production back to the U.S. “Every week we’re hearing about a new company building a plant in the …

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The Opioid Crisis And Blue-Collar Industries

We’ve written before about how drug use is shrinking the American workforce. Now there’s a new wrinkle to the problem of substance abuse in the workplace: the opioid crisis. The Scale Of The Opioid Epidemic In 2016, more than 64,000 people died from overdoses of opioids. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for …

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Drug Shortage Fears After Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico

As I mentioned in my previous post about the 2017 hurricane season, Hurricane Maria did between $45 and $95 billion in damage to the island of Puerto Rico. This damage hit the island’s manufacturing industry as hard as the rest of the economy. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices are Puerto Rico’s leading exports. Because of this, healthcare …

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