Construction is one business sector that slowed little during the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t dealt with its own challenges.
For more than a year, companies have seen material delays and soaring costs as problems have rippled through supply chains. Issues have ranged from severe weather that made it difficult to procure enough material to crippling transportation delays. At the same time, construction companies are busier than ever.
“Someone with a crystal ball couldn’t have predicted this would happen,” says Tim Kippenhan, chief operating officer of Miron Construction Co., Inc. in Neenah. “Initially (during the pandemic), things were going well. Then fall 2020 hit and we started seeing limited material availability and cost increases.”