Avoiding Common Callbacks

The secret topic that production builders never want to talk about is the cost of their warranty programs and how much they spend each year defending claims. Callbacks hit hard on the bottom line and steal profits, but these numbers are never reported to shareholders.

JLC Editor Clayton DeKorne will address this head-on, examining the most common callbacks, ranging from drywall cracks and nail pops to moisture disasters.

Join the discussion in the Central Hall at IBS 2020, Las Vegas9:30 to 10:30 am, Weds, Jan. 22, 2020
Booth C2138

Solving the Skilled Labor Crisis

In a September 2019 article, "How Will Construction Solve the Skilled Labor Crisis?," DeKorne struck a nerve by talking about the elephant in the room, social class, and why young people aren't choosing careers in the building trades in sufficient numbers to alleviate the slowdown in production caused by the lack of skilled labor. In this session, he picks that torch up again as an opener. But the main event is Texas builder, Richard Laughlin, the 2019 Fred Case Award winner, who DeKorne profiled (see "Build with Pride") in the fall issue of JLC's sister publication, Remodeling.

Laughlin revived a building trades training program at his local high-school - a program that offers a viable, grassroots solution to solving for skilled labor in other communities. As Laughlin energetically describes, it's a labor of love that requires patience and compassion, but it's a strategy that has proved extremely rewarding for him and the other builders he's collaborated with to make it happen.

Join the discussion in the Central Hall at IBS 2020, Las Vegas2:30 to 3:00 pm, Weds, Jan. 22, 2020
Booth C2138