Jim Kunz, business manager for operating engineers’ union Local 66 in Pittsburgh, has reason to believe the recession will not hit his city as hard as others. So far, only 400 of the 5,200 members of his local actively pursuing work are out of a job. And Pittsburgh overall may have reason to share his optimism, long ago having diversified its business base and also learning to live with and recover from the decline of its steel industry. Photo: Jim Judkis / ENR Business agent Kunz says relatively few of his members are not working and there is cause for
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.