Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Electricians in short supply as construction booms.

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRIcal subcontracting firms find Electrician Service College Station it hard these

days to keep their manpower up to speed with the available amount of

work. For that reason, most firms on Arkansas Business' lists of

largest subcontractors saw small increases in revenue, though the

increases weren't nearly as drastic as what might have been if

manpower weren't an issue.

But it's not just the abundance of work straining the

industry--it's the growing number of contracting firms fighting for

qualified employees.

"There are simply more electrical contractors than there are

electricians to do the work," said Bob Killion, executive vice

president of Marrs Electric Inc. in Springdale. "The training is

there. The thing is, in this market, the work has come about so quickly

that it's been difficult to get all of the training requirements

met in a timely enough fashion to put them to work."

According to Killion, electricians end up spending between 600 and

700 hours in the classroom over four years, and they need 8,000 hours on

the job to qualify to take a journeyman's test.

"When all that work starts coming in and your quantity of work

is greater than your quality of people to do it, then all of a sudden

you're lagging behind," Killion said. "I mean everybody

statewide is seeing the same thing right now."

But too much work is better than limited work, as Killion said the

business goes in trends and might be on the other end of the spectrum in

as little as a decade. < br>

The hurricane destruction along the Gulf Coast also lured a limited

number of qualified electricians away, but not nearly as many as some


"There are electricians who are always on the move to where

the money is," Killion said. "Fortunately, I don't think

Arkansas had to deal too much with that--maybe further south, but not

much from what I've been hearing."

Mechanical Match

Multi-Craft Contractors Inc. of Springdale stayed at the top of the

mechanical subcontractors list and moved up two spots to the top of the

electrical subcontractors list by increasing total revenue by nearly $13

million. No doubt the increase was partly due to the company landing

remodeling contracts with Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and the Clorox Co. in Searcy, along with Multi-Craft not losing any of its list-leading

350 total employees.

Not only did Multi-Craft stay atop the mechanical subcontractors

list, but the company also saw the largest increase in revenue by nearly

$10 million.

The rest of the companies on the mechanical subcontractors list

stayed the same in the rankings, though Comfort Systems USA Inc. of

Fayetteville saw the second-largest revenue increase at nearly $7.5


Both Middleton Heating & Air Electrician Service College Station of Bryant and Mountain Mechanical

Contractors Inc. of Fayetteville saw a work force increase of about 20

but no significant change in revenue.

It's Electric

The list of mechanical subcontractors may be unchanged, but the

electrical subcontractors were on the move.

I-K Electric of Little Rock can be blamed for shaking up the list

the most, mainly because last year's No. 1 opted not to report its

revenue this year, automatically moving it from first to worst.

The company did report it had lost about 55 employees since its

reported $18 million revenue in 2004.

Multi-Craft topped the electrical list with a nearly $3 million

revenue increase, while Central Industrial Electrical Co. of North

Little Rock remained virtually unchanged at No. 2. CIECO reported an

increase of $300,000 in revenue from $14 million to $14.3 million after

picking up big cont racts with Pulaski Technical College of North Little

Rock and Heifer International of Little Rock.

Marrs Electric Inc. jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 and increased its

revenue from $5.6 million in 2004 to $7.1 million in 2005.

"Some years you're able to land the bigger contracts and

some years you're not," Killion said. "2005 was a good

year for some big projects for us."

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