Help wanted: construction industry rebuilds

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Rebuilding the construction industry.

“As we see growth across the county in many different industries, the one thing that they have in common is that they all need facilities.  They all need places that they all need places for the people to live in,” says Heath MacAlpine, Assistant Director of Montgomery County Job and Family Services Workforce Development.

Job seekers packed the Dayton Convention Center Wednesday for the first ever Construction Job Fair.

“I’ve never worked in the construction industry before, but I like the idea,” explains Jearlene McAttee.

Industry experts say because of the recession, many construction workers either retired or moved to other fields.

Now, there is a big hole to fill.

“We have jobs that are less skilled, such as drywall and roofing and brick laying, then we have more technical, more skilled jobs such as mechanical like heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical,” comments Walt Hibner, Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Dayton.

If you weren’t able to make it to the job fair, you can contact Ohio Means Jobs-Montgomery County at 225-JOBS or go here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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