Contractors Are Scrambling in a Busy Market with Fabrication Bottlenecks

Powers, E. Michael
June 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;6/26/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 25, p68
Trade Publication
The article reports that inconveniences in the availability and delivery of fabricated materials is causing problem to contractors in the U.S. The ability to deliver is of greater importance than the cost of materials and equipment for contractors. Contractors are finding ways to manage the problem. Successful contractors are leveraging their procurement capabilities and getting suppliers involved earlier. Some of the large companies are buying the steel before the job is even bid. The U.S. trucking industry is also continuing to meet the market demand, though its excess capacity is diminishing.


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