Bullwhip Effect

Ever hear of the “Bullwhip Effect”? This is an interesting situation, which in the fast-changing supply chain for today’s construction materials, has lots of causes and effects.  Added to this is a number of unplanned events (weather, disaster, labor shortages, COVID,…) that further put pressure on the supply chain and the associated costs.  The construction…

Labor Shortage

One of the continuing challenges that we face is a shortage of labor.  This appears to be true across businesses especially the construction industry.  Everywhere we look there are businesses with signs up announcing “We’re Hiring”. The overwhelming low unemployment rate has created a competitive job market causing employers to ramp up recruiting and hiring…

Impact and Cost

Given all of the past impacts from the unprecedented events of COVID-19, the weather impacts on construction. The freezing weather in Texas and Louisiana in February caused a lot of damage to the chemical facilities. We are seeing challenging times for material costs, especially for those of us who are in the insulation space. Contractors…