According to the McKinsey Global Institute, construction productivity has fallen by half since the 1960s. While there are many factors at play, one of the biggest threats to this labor-driven industry is the growing shortage of young, qualified workers. When the recession hit in 2008, nearly 600,000 workers left construction jobs never to return.
Faced with an endemic shortage of skilled laborers—coupled with the short construction window dictated by frigid Wisconsin winters—Friede has adopted an innovative approach: panelization. This method of manufacturing wall panels in an off-site factory and delivering them to the jobsite to be assembled has shaved months off projects, while allowing us to send smaller crews into the field to get the work done.