The construction industry was hit hard during the recession of 2008/09, but it appears the worst might be over.
Since January 2011, Rockford Construction
has added 17 people to the payroll on several different fronts including superintendents, project managers and several specialty positions in the emerging sustainable and renewable energy sectors.
According to Rockford Construction President Tom McGovern, they have seen "double the request for proposals (RFP) from the previous two years," which is another healthy sign.
Looking at specific sectors where money is being spent, healthcare remains strong, as does manufacturing.
If there was a silver lining to the recession, it is that West Michigan has many, highly skilled construction professionals and tradesmen. "West Michigan has a strong talent base. There are a bunch of young graduates coming into the market and we are looking for a blend," says McGovern, who adds that garnering top talent is a strategic focus of the company as business continues to improve.
To learn more about Rockford Construction, you can visit their website here.
Source: Tom McGovern, Rockford Construction
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor