CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s a tale of two parts of the state when it comes to construction.

The West Virginia State Building Trade Conference was held Tuesday at the Four Points Sheraton in downtown Charleston, formerly known as the Ramada Inn. It’s a project that West Virginia union workers just completed. In fact, the ribbon will be cut on Wednesday.

Steve White, the director of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, said there’s plenty of work in the northern half of the state with the Marcellus Shale industry booming and new construction on the increase. Then there’s the other half of the state.

“In the southern part of the state the construction economy is really down,” he said. “Commercial construction buildings, schools, government, it’s all down from what it’s been and that’s hurting.”

White said thankfully things are looking a lot brighter than they were back in 2008 during the height of the recession.

“Definitely things are better than they were in the decline but we just don’t have a strong picture of what the future will hold,” explained White.

He said the construction industry goes through ups and downs but this has been a particularly hard cycle to recover from.

So what’s needed to get the construction industry moving once again? White said a lot of companies are holding on to their money while the economy remains shaky. He said confidence in the economy would make a big difference. He’s hoping once money starts flowing more freely, West Virginia workers will benefit.

“That is our mission to make sure that local workers get the local construction jobs,” he stressed

He said with a highly-trained work force focused on safety quality construction and making the work place drug-free, there’s no reason why West Virginia workers shouldn’t get first shot at the jobs here in the Mountain State.

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  • Aaron

    "He said with a highly-trained work force focused on safety quality construction and making the work place drug-free, there’s no reason why West Virginia workers shouldn't get first shot at the jobs here in the Mountain State."


    Wages. The average union worker makes anywhere from 30% to 50% more than non-union workers in the same trade. One example is a concrete finisher. A non-union finisher working for one of the local companies will make in the neighborhood of $15.00 whereas most union jobs start at $24.00 per hour.

    Google "prevailing wage rule befuddles Sissonville VFD officials" and see the effect union wages can have on a project.

    • Unioncarpenter

      If the state would stop out of state companies from taking the work and make all the companies use wv workers things would be better. I know of 2 jobs right now that are using Mexicans to hang drywall and don't think any of them are legal .the work is at best crappy from these workers. Like to show pictures of there work.