Saga job fair bodes well for local subcontractors

By on April 13, 2012

The Outer Banks workforce has been reeling since the housing collapse began in 2007. The ranks of skilled construction workers took some of the biggest hits and many retired or left the area.

With signs that home sales and construction have begun a slow upward tick, general contractors are taking stock of the number of local subcontractors available.

Saga Construction, encouraged by its scheduled construction contracts, is trying to put itself ahead of the curve, which may be good news for subcontractors.

Amit Gupta, one of Saga’s principal partners, recently announced plans for a company sponsored Job Recruitment Day May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We have one or two subcontractors in our pool for almost every job description required to build a house,” he said. “We would like to have significantly more depth in every field.”

Saga is looking for electricians, plumbers, drywall, painters and trim carpenters.

The event will allow Saga to pre-qualify subcontractors and from there build a database of companies to call on for new projects.

Gupta noted that Saga is a “process-oriented company,” and building this database is good for the company and subcontractors — especially those with credentials and track records that might be “under the radar” since the real estate collapse.

Saga is encouraged by the new construction outlook for the next few years. The company recently broke ground on two new developments and has several more in the planning and pre-development stages.

Interested individuals and companies are encouraged to fill out a recruitment form, which can be downloaded here or from their web site,

The jobs event will be held in the SAGA Construction parking lot at 1314 S. Croatan Highway (Mile Post 9.25) in Kill Devil Hills. Food and beverages will be provided.

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