Utah Construction Is Booming. But With High Demand And Not Enough Workers, Competition Is Fierce.

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LEHI — It’s become a familiar sight in many parts of Utah: Cranes. Bulldozers. Bright orange vests.

That’s because it’s boomtime in the construction industry. With 24,241 housing permits issued across the state in 2018 — the most in 12 years — the state led the nation in homebuilding.

For builders like John Hadfield, the opportunities are seemingly endless. Hadfield runs Hadco Construction, an excavating and pipeline company based in Lehi. He has 67 crews spread out across the Wasatch Front, but to avoid attracting unwanted competition, he declined to say the number of ongoing projects his company has.

On a recent Monday, one of his crews of about 25 laborers was hard at work, building a foundation for a multi-family housing complex in Lehi. Looking out over the horizon above Interstate 15, with the wind blowing and dust billowing, Hadfield surveyed a barren plot of land the size of a football field.

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