By Paul Schmitt
The rebounding of the new home and remodeling market has put builders in the challenging position of meeting the demand this summer. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 82 percent of their members believe the cost and availability of labor are their biggest current issues. Craig Vandenhouten, one of the owners of Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders in Dyckesville and Egg Harbor, says his company has had success reaching out to area high schools.
Vandenhouten adds that the technical colleges are another resource for employers and that some of those students hired by Van’s Lumber have worked out very well in the past.