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Published August 08, 2013, 06:22 PM

Local builders dealing with truss shortage

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With home building permits reaching the highest level in 6 years in the metro, comes one problem - the availability of trusses. The shortage is so real, that in fact, some builders are traveling as far away as Wadena and Bemidji to get trusses.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With home building permits reaching the highest level in 6 years in the metro, comes one problem - the availability of trusses. The shortage is so real, that in fact, some builders are traveling as far away as Wadena and Bemidji to get trusses.

Our late spring resulted in a delay for home building. Now it is all happening at once. Dustin Jung's Stylemark Construction crew can be found in the heart of home building heaven, the Shadow Wood and Shadow Creek areas of West Fargo. But like many home builders, Dustin is finding that a 22% jump in housing starts this summer means a shortage of trusses.

Dustin Jung - Stylemark Builders: "If you are trying to start a new home project right now, a lot of the truss companies are not taking new orders for the rest of the year. So, good luck with that I guess."

Initially some contractors thought the housing boom in the Bakken was to blame for the truss shortage, but it comes down to demand in the metro and labor.

Curt Mathias - Northland Truss: "It has not been bad until now, but we are looking for five to six people. We are running two shifts day and night, and we are looking for five to six currently."

The labor shortage comes after the construction industry lost 2 million jobs nationwide during the recession. Only will half will return, and that is leaving a demand for and shortage of truss builders and assemblers.

While construction jobs only account for 5% of all US jobs, 33% of the jobs lost during the recession were from construction.

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