The construction industry in Michigan is one of many bright spots in our economic recovery. The industry unemployment rate at the height of the economic crisis was 25 percent. Now, it is down to 5.4 percent, and still improving.
“Michigan’s experiencing one of the best construction rebounds in the country,” said Chris Fisher from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan.
A rebounding housing market and new business growth are two major factors we have to thank for a thriving construction industry. Local energy investment also plays a big role in supporting Michigan’s construction, building, and design sector.
The Strength of Local Energy
Designing and building new power plants, renewable projects, and other infrastructure improvements helps support a thriving construction industry that employs hundreds of thousands of skilled Michigan workers.
Local energy providers participate in the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, contracting with local construction, building, and design firms to build and maintain the energy infrastructure that makes up our state’s electric grid. The partnerships local energy providers have forged with our construction industry ensure investment in local energy development translates to jobs for Michiganders.
As just one example, Michigan companies like Northern Industrial Construction Inc., a local firm specializing in concrete rehabilitation, help construct and maintain Michigan’s natural gas infrastructure. Construction of the Nexus pipeline will provide opportunities for numerous local construction firms like Northern Industrial, and—when completed—will support the efforts of Michigan’s local energy providers to replace coal with cleaner fuel sources.
The Power of Local Construction
Michigan’s construction industry benefits when legislators choose to support investment in local energy development, much like our manufacturers do. In turn, the construction industry helps contribute to the strength, resiliency, and efficiency of our electric grid.
It’s a symbiotic relationship that benefits local jobs, our state’s economy, and the general stability and reliability of our electric system. That’s the power of choosing Michigan—and that’s why our legislators need to pass balanced new energy policy now rather than kicking it down the road for another year.