Skilled trades workers needed for new construction projects

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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 6:35 p.m.

Sun Prairie -- Everywhere you look new construction is popping up all over the place in Wisconsin.

While the boom in business is good for the economy, it's turning into a problem for contractors like Dan Duren.

"Right now, we have people to draw from but we are fighting over those people we have," said Duren.

He's the owner of Duren Custom Builders, and has homes to build but not enough skilled tradesmen to work on them.

"There's concrete work, foundation work, flat work, roofers, siders, insulators, electricians, plumbers, HVAC guys, there's a whole list," said Duren.

He's not the only one on the hunt. Wesnesday on Craiglist there were dozens of similar postings. Meantime, at Madison Area Technical College, remodeling instructer John Stephany's phone is ringing off the hook.

"I already had over a third of our students hired and was fielding calls daily," said Stephany.

He says the uptick is due to low interest rates, and people deciding to move forward with homes. However, many skilled workers turned in their tool belts during the recession, and now people like Duren are feeling the impact.

"It's the young guys coming in, the young blood coming into the workforce we're lacking on," said Duren.

According to MATC this trend is also happening in other parts of the country like Texas, and Florida, somthing they believe will only grow in the coming months.