Anticipated Southern Arizona Growth Despite the Nationwide Challenges
Southern Arizona is a unique marketplace for the commercial construction industry. In Tucson, Arizona, K2 Electric’s branch manager, Sean Salveson, has quickly understood the challenges and opportunities in this market after moving here from California in 2020.
In 2021, southern Arizona maintained a strong non-residential market and anticipates to continue to see this success throughout 2022 and 2023. However, according to Salveson, this success does not come without obstacles. In this area of Arizona, there is a labor shortage of workers at all experience levels. Although Arizona is on track to reach the anticipated population growth goals, Salveson says Tucson isn’t on par with other areas of the state. “A less dynamic economy makes it more difficult to find quality help in a booming construction market.” Salveson believes the best way to overcome the labor shortage challenges is to continue the longstanding K2 Electric value of putting people first. “No company accomplishes greatness without a great team,” according to Salveson. “The goal is to build the company from within, help our employees grow, and put them first because clients will reap the benefits of strong company culture.”
A shortage of workers comes with a lack of supplies. Like many industries, the commercial construction industry is still seeing the repercussions of the Covid pandemic and faces a problematic supply chain shortage that has continued to worsen from 2020 to 2021. Although, Salveson is hopeful for the anticipated reprieve that local experts believe will come in the fourth quarter of 2022. Until then, K2 Electric continues to overcome the hurdles of supply chain shortages by building solid relationships with other industry leaders. K2’s reputation has allowed it to service its customers timely and efficiently.
Despite these challenges, Salveson is excited about the years ahead and anticipates seeing the growth of the K2 Electric team in southern Arizona. He is not only looking forward to the development of the company, but also hopes to continue to foster a relationship with the community and industry leaders in southern Arizona. “Tucson is a great community; it welcomed my family with open arms, and we will continue to give back through community involvement, both personally and professionally.”