Laura Black
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Carol Stream, Ill. – Aug. 15, 2018 – Constructech will address the skilled labor shortage, and present a solution, at its Technology Day 2018 event, being held on Thursday, August 23, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – Arlington Heights, Ill.

One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today is the skilled labor shortage, which has come as a result of a culture shift that has been happening for more than 30 years. Today, a majority of construction companies say it will either become increasingly more difficult or remain a plight to recruit or hire qualified workers in 2018.

“The skilled labor shortage is one that the entire world can no longer simply ignore simply from an economic standpoint. It will quickly impact the bottomline of the construction industry and we are facing a real turning point here and now,” explains Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine, and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “The only way to solve it is to come together as an industry and identify solutions that can help, which is exactly what we plan to do at Technology Day.”

The topic of the skilled labor shortage will be addressed throughout the full-day event, with one key session that will bring a group of contractors together to explore the challenges and opportunities for leveraging new and emerging technologies to help address the construction worker crisis in America.

The panel, moderated by Smedley, will include:

  • Dan Bayer, director of construction innovation, Miron Construction Co., Inc.
  • Chuck Freiheit, COO, F.H. Paschen
  • Morgan Traynor, director of project controls, Ryan Companies
  • Jeff Niesen, president of operations, The Boldt Co.

“There are plenty of opportunities the construction industry can begin to stand behind when it comes to resolving this shortage,” says Traynor. “These opportunities need to be discovered, defined, and deployed to gain traction and start to fill these huge gaps in demand. There does not seem to be enough momentum in the industry to drive this change and we are seeing a flood of outside influences changing the landscape of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry as we know it.”

For a complete overview of Constructech’s Technology Day 2018 event, agenda, and registration information, or to learn more about this year’s sponsor InEight, visit

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About Constructech Magazine
Constructech has connected hundreds of thousands of construction professionals for 20 years. Constructech’s audience is comprised of construction professionals who specify products, systems, and tools in residential, commercial, and industrial building marketplaces. For more information about Constructech, visit

About Constructech Technology Day
Constructech Technology Day is a one-day conference that dives into discussions on the use of technology in the construction industry. The conference is open to project managers, CEOs, students, CTOs, IT directors, professors, and more. Technology Day provides attendees with the opportunity to identify ways to effectively use technology to be most efficient in the office and at the jobsite.