West Michigan construction firms saw projects in the hospitality and office industries slow down this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, leaving many to get creative and pivot to industrial and residential markets.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s initial stay-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19 halted construction projects that were not deemed essential from March 23-May 7, launching the initial strain on the industry.
Despite several obstacles this year that exacerbated construction’s ongoing talent shortage, including workers sidelined by the pandemic, industry leaders in West Michigan told MiBiz during a recent roundtable that they were aided by a healthy backlog of projects going into the year. Many are hopeful for projects in the hospitality sector to resume in 2021 with promising news about COVID-19 vaccine studies, while some also noted the uncertainty of a close presidential election now in the rearview mirror.
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