Wednesday, August 30, 2017
According to the NAHB, more than 70% of builders reported a shortage of framers while 78% reported a shortage of sub-contractors able to handle rough carpentry. With more than 200,000 construction jobs already vacant, the industry needs to train more Americans to fill these positions.
On August 29, 2017, Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) launched its “Thank a Framer” campaign to show its appreciation for framers who work tirelessly to build the structures that house of families, and to inspire the next generation of men and women to take up their tools.
“Our Company recognizes and appreciates the contribution of framers to the home building industry,” said Peter Wijnbergen, President and CEO of Norbord. “As part of our Thank a Framer campaign, we have donated US$100,000 to the HBI which will go toward training and educating new construction professionals to help ease the labor shortages that are afflicting our industry.”
The HBI supports diversity and provides training for prospective construction professionals, veterans and underserved youth and is celebrating 50 years of skills training in the building industry this year.
“Norbord wants to celebrate the American framer and encourage others within the industry to recognize the significant contributions that framers make every day,” said Mr. Wijnbergen.