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Got laid off.Lookin to start a new life

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by bckinblk, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. bckinblk

    bckinblk 1/2 ton status

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    I've been in construction for 17 years now and it seems that in the state of ct there is no future in it.The wife and I are thinkin of packin the kids and tryin a new state .I have at least 10 more good years in me and want to find a place that I can actually enjoy working.But it seems that everyone I talk to says that it is like this everywhere.We are thinking about colorado or cali.Anyone here in construction from these states.Is it booming ?I need to get set up in a good enviroment for my kids and need a steady paycheck to survive .I am a metal framer and drywaller .Houses or commercial .I got to get out of this high tax sucking state.. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    Metro Detroit Michigan. The city is ever growing.

    But California is probably much cooler to be living there. Well, Detroit has the Redwings, Pistons, Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, Canada, and a Macdonalds whenever your hungry.
     
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    Stephen,
    There is lots of new construction in the Sacramento area and metal framing in the SF/Bay area is pretty much all that is going on these days. Cant say anything for S. California.
    I wouldn't concider Colorado for housing construction. I tried it a few years back and went broke. Unless You like working less that two days a week in the winter.
    Construction has always been big in N. California the new hot spots are all the towns on Hyw 101 north of Santa Rosa, Ukiah is booming.
    Hope this helps
     
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    The growth rate in the Phoenix area has been huge. We are passing Philly this year to take over the number 5 spot in the largest cities in the US. Property taxes are lower than most cities. Jobs in the construction field should be reletivly easy to get with experience such as yours. My business is fed by the construction industry and I am busier than a one armed paper hanger.

    www.azcentral.com

    www.nreionline.com

    www.azcentral.com

    jobs.careerbuilder.com

    There is also some nice wheeling in the area.

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  5. Z3PR

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    There is mega construction going on all over the Black Hills. Lots of new houses being built, as well as road construction too.
     
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    I've been cheking out the sf area .And it seems all good .But I have heard that the pay scale is way different than other states.For example before I got laid off I was making 25$an hour on payroll.I have tried the subcontract thing and the taxes swamped me.My wife is a teacher so I know that she could start up again no problem .But I am the primary bread winner of the family .My kids are still young 7-5 So schooling is also a big issue .Thanks for looking out .May be I will take a trip to sf to see what it's like... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Are you a material supplier? I have talked to drywall suppliers and they all seem to be pointing towards vegas cali arizona.I am friends with the local yards and he asked a rep at gypsom specialist where they were loading most of there drywall and it seemed cali is a major hot spot.I just have to get more info on the pay scales.. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    How are living expenses there??
     
  9. mrk5

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    We're in the sign business on the northern front range of Colorado. There is tons of construction here. Mostly housing.
     
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    Living expenses are going to be the killer in the SF bay area. Central Oregon is booming for new contruction right now and a cheap/beautiful place to live. I just wish there were more good paying engineering jobs down there so I could go back.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]

    Construction has always been big in N. California the new hot spots are all the towns on Hyw 101 north of Santa Rosa, Ukiah is booming.
    Hope this helps

    [/ QUOTE ] also eldorado hills and cameron park is exploding, and so is rocklin lincoln area too
     
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    I just got back from Midland Texas (last week anyway) and from what I saw and heard, Midland and Odessa (just down the road) are "growing together". Housing starts are up. It's a small town atmosphere (95K +/- people for each) which is nice too.

    On the other hand, Louisville is building the crap outa subdivisions, office/retail and hotels. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif This place is getting so crowded I can't stand it. I kinda like the amenities that come with a large metropolitan area, but not so much the problems, though.
     
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    There is also some nice wheeling in the area.


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    Don't forget the built in network of friends you didn't know you had, thanks to CK5. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Don't forget the built in network of friends you didn't know you had, thanks to CK5.
    ...............This site is truly awesome /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Don't get sucked into looking only at the pay in an area. A place to sleep at night will cost you HUUUUUGEEEEEE money in the San Francisco area. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif So making $50K a year there just means that you'll get to live in poverty and/or spend far too much of your time (and money for gas) commuting to and from work for a couple of hours each way. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    Also keep in mind that regardless of where you move to, home construction will slow down as interest rates rise. It just prices a lot of people out of the market. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    I have a neighbor that owns a framing company here. He and his crews stay pretty busy all the time. When things do slow down a bit, he uses that as a good time to get rid of his underperformers. He does everything he can to keep his best people employed and on the payroll, even when things are slow. His father-in-law also owns a home building business, so they're hooked into the local industry pretty well. I could make some inquiries on your behalf if you'd like. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    It was a very sudden surprise.We were building a new base and the funds got cut so myself and 11 others were laidoff.It pisses me off I had the best attendance and was the heavy hitter of the crew .I busted my ass off for years to establish a stable position in this company and now nothing.But I have been around long enough to know that when the number is up that's it.We have moved from state to state before so I know we can survive .It's gonna be hard for my little ones losing all their friends .But maybe this will work out for the best.I appreciate all yous and your input .I am glad to know that there are still real people left in the world ..Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif God bless ck5ers and the good ole usa.. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    did anyone but me have to read the subject like 5 times? I kept reading it as "Got Laid, lookin to start a new life."
     
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    did the same thing, had to read a few times to get clear. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
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    The Phoenix area is one of the fastest growing areas in the USA, about the same as Vegas. Very good schools in the east valley. Beautiful weather 9 months out of the year, bloody hot in the summer though /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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