Oregon Construction Job Growth

Construction employment slowed in April as the industry added 1,000 jobs. The Northwest experienced the reality of that slowdown as Oregon was the only state in the region to post construction employment growth between March and April. Oregon joined 21 other states that experienced construction employment growth in April. “Some of the slowdown in hiring last month was due to mild winter weather that allowed contractors to hire or retain workers in the first quarter instead of waiting until spring,” said Ken Simonson, the Associated General Contractors chief econom...

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100-story tower of cross laminated timber

The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here Right now it’s more like 125 workers gluing boards together in Oregon. Here’s how they get to a 100-story tower of timber. An architectural rendering of a 1,000-foot-tall wood skyscraper proposed for London. Source: PLP Architecture/University of Cambridge At a newly renovated plant in Riddle, Ore., workers glue together boards harvested from nearby forests, where Douglas fir has grown for thousands of years, and feed the resulting 10-by-30-foot panels into a pneumatic press. What ...

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