In this article from February’s South Sound BIZ magazine, contributing writer Heidi Smith explores a shortage of skilled craftsmen that is squeezing contractors and developers as they respond to strong demand for new building.

“Finding quality labor is just about impossible right now,” says Zach Kosturos, owner of Prime Locations in Lacey. “A lot of contractors have more jobs lined up than they have the staff for.” 

The problem isn’t a lack of applicants, says Michael Cholerton, president of BPCI Accrete Construction in Puyallup. 

“We get lots of applicants, but none of them know the trade,” he says. Most of the skilled workers he sees are older, with few younger workers entering the field. 

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