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Ryan Miller and Don Diesburg work on a job site. Miller is a general laborer and is on his first season with the team, and Diesburg is a pipefitter on his 10th season with Pirc-Tobin Construction.

With Oct. 5-9 recognized across the nation as Construction Week, it’s a time to celebrate those in the commercial construction industry. By demonstrating appreciation for industry colleagues, those engaged in the industry promote commercial construction as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option. Shifting the public’s perception of careers in construction is critical to filling the labor shortage the industry is experiencing.

According to Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, many construction firms across the country face significant workforce shortages, especially within the hourly craft workers, the largest segment of the workforce.

“The shortages are forcing firms to increase pay and benefits and to adopt labor-saving tools and methods,” Sandherr said. “Yet these strategies can only go so far for an industry that remains heavily labor-intensive. That is why we need a new, state by state focus on recruiting the next generation of construction workers into the industry.”

Sandherr said celebrating Construction Week can help get the industry’s message out. “Establishing a special week focused on the many benefits and rewards of working in construction will go a long way in helping bring new workers into high paying construction careers.”

The construction industry offers high paying jobs and ranks high in job satisfaction. There are numerous career opportunities for students who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school, as well as for those who want to attend a four-year college or two-year technical school.

Pirc-Tobin Construction, based out of Alburnett, plans to celebrate Construction Week by showing appreciation to its employees with a catered meal from County Line Catering & BBQ from Cedar Rapids.

A privately-owned construction company established in 2005, Pirc-Tobin Construction, Inc. specializes in sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, excavation, grading, concrete, seeding and directional drilling.

The company takes pride in giving clients products worth the investment and has values based on being dependable and hardworking, honesty, solving problems, care and professionalism.

Pirc-Tobin crews may be spotted at numerous jobs throughout eastern Iowa, working in communities that include Urbana, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Marion, Manchester and several other locations in the area.