Construction booming in Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 5:40 AM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The demand for construction jobs in the Twin Ports this summer has been so high..

"The busiest we've seen it in probably eight years," said Darrell Godbout, Business Representative for Iron Workers 512.

that companies can't keep up..

"We've got guys bouncing all over trying to keep up," said Godbout .

In Superior...it's a sign of a changing economy

"What we've seen in the last couple of years I think has been more activity going on then I've seen in the last ten or fifteen years," said Dave Minor, Superior Chamber President.

Superior is in the midst of one of its largest ever construction booms. Three KwikTrips are going up, two auto part stores, and ground was just broken on two new senior housing projects...all bringing with them plenty of construction jobs.

"Overall in Superior, I would have to say the number is going to exceed four to five hundred people total," said Minor.

Some of the construction workers are local, while others have come in from other cities, and are bolstering Superior's economy.

"Folks that are maybe not from here that are working here are hoteling here, they're using the restaurants, you know that kind of spinoff really empowers the economy," said Jason Serck, City of Superior Ports & Planning Director.

The rise in businesses coming to town leaves officials hopeful that other businesses will take notice and want to call Superior home.

"For all of those outside investors to really see we're proud of our community, we have a lot of positive things going on, absolutely we need to put them on our radar and see where do we fit in to that piece?" said Minor.

Officials say that construction season usually doesn't pick up until July or August, and this year is one of the earliest starts they have seen.

Workers are also working up to 60 hour work weeks to meet the demand.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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