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CONSTRUCTION JOBS CONTINUE TO CLIMB
The U.S has added 315,000 construction sector jobs over the past 12 months, a 4.5% increase compared to September 2017. Florida had the highest annual growth in the construction sector at 14.8%, which includes both residential and non-residential construction. Georgia (12.2%) and Arizona (10.8%) round out the top three.
NAHB economist Danushka Nanayakkara-skillington observed in an Eye on Housing blog post that across the 44 states that reported construction sector jobs data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26 states had an increase in September, 14 states reported a decline, and four states remained unchanged compared to August.
Between August and September 2018, Kentucky had the largest increase in construction job growth with 2.3%, while the largest decline was in Kansas where total construction employment fell by 2.3%. Overall the construction sector posted a net gain of 23,000 jobs which is 0.3 percentage points higher than in August.
RIBBON-CUTTING FOR THE NIERI FAMILY COTTAGE AT BOYS FARM OF NEWBERRY
The Midlands children’s home, Boys Farm of Newberry welcomed a third residency cottage named “The Nieri Family Cottage” on October 13, 2018. A ribbon-cutting was held at 2:00 PM. President and founder of Great Southern Homes, Michael Nieri volunteered to build the cottage on behalf of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (“BIA”) with support from the BIA’S Charitable Foundation. “We are honored to help accommodate the growing needs of children to have a safe home and give them hope for generations to come,” said Nieri.
In recognition of Nieri’s previous contributions and his commitment to build the cottage, the Boys Farm named it in honor of his family. The Nieri Family Cottage is a state-of-theart building that provides housing for the boys, house parents and their families. It provides 6,712 square feet under roof with 9 bedrooms, offering much-needed additional space for boys living at the farm. This is the third Boys Farm cottage built by Great Southern Homes. Each building is a large, spacious home with modern kitchens, media rooms, and the latest in energy-savings technologies to reduce power costs.
Boys Farm cut the ribbon during its Newberry Fall Festival and BBQ Fundraiser where it celebrates its long mission of service. The Boys Farm residency program provides structured and caring new beginnings for youth in a pastoral and Christian setting with a mission of “Building Boys Rather Than Mending Men.”
“This is a great community-service type project that we can provide. It’s what we do best… building great homes,” said Michael Nieri, owner of Great Southern Homes. “We build houses for people and this was a great cause to take on.” BIA President Mike Satterfield also shared, “Our organization represents many caring businesses in Central South Carolina that will help build a better community by offering donations of materials, money and labor toward the construction of this special home for boys and their house parents allowing them to live in a structured family environment.”
Boys Farm is a nonprofit organization that provides unique foster care services for boys experiencing difficult family situations and is located at 6655 SC Highway 34/121 in Newberry, SC. Donations in support of the Nieri Family Cottage continue to be accepted by the Building Industry Charitable Foundation, a SC nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization affiliated with the Building Industry Association, 625 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC, or to Boys Farm, Inc, a SC nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, PO Box 713, Newberry, SC, 29108.
BIA OF CENTRAL SC NOW ACCEPTING EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE 53RD ANNUAL CAROLINA CLASSIC HOME & GARDEN SHOW
The Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina is now accepting exhibitor applications for The 53rd Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show to be held at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, 2019.
The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show is the largest and only locally-produced home and garden exhibition in the Midlands. Over 250 construction, home improvement, and outdoor product and service exhibits fill the Cantey, Goodman and Ellison buildings plus outdoor areas.
For more information please visit the BIA of Central SC website at www.biaofcentralsc.com, follow the show at Facebook.com/ columbiahomeshow or call (803) 256-6238.