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Focus - Specialty Contractors - Safety first priority at Lasco

image Juan Mendoza, Safety Director, Lasco Acoustics & Drywall Inc., Austin, TX

AUSTIN – What do you do on a daily basis at Lasco Acoustics & Drywall? I am the safety director at the Austin office but I also travel to work in Dallas and San Antonio.

    I train our guys on how to work safe on a daily basis and I provide bilingual training because I can speak both English and Spanish.
    I oversee projects and I make sure the crew have what they need to complete the job.

What is your perspective about the local construction industry?
    I think things are still booming. There are lots of construction projects going up in Austin and around the state. The economy is still doing well this year.

What are a few challenges you have seen in your industry lately?
    The biggest challenge I have seen is finding qualified workers to get the job done. 
    The wages for construction workers have increased because there is not a lot of man power.
    We have very competitive wages. It is not just us, other companies in the area do, too.
    Laborers have various backgrounds and have experience working in landscaping, cleaning companies and other construction related businesses.
    We have programs where we teach our employees how to install drywall correctly. Training is essential. 
    Most of the training we do is in-house; however, sometimes when we are required to have a specific training on specific equipment, we call the providers and have them do the training for us.

In your opinion, what are ways to attract new laborers into the construction industry?
    We have placed ads in newspapers and we announce job openings within our company.
    We also have employees refer us to their friends and family members who may want to work at the company.
What is rewarding about your job?
    I have worked in this industry for almost 20 years. This is what I know. I started out working in the field with my tools.
    I worked my way up over the past 15 years I have worked at Lasco Acoustics & Drywall.
    My favorite part of the job is training new employees and keeping our employees safe.
    At the end of the day, when I see the workers are going home the same way they left in the morning, it is rewarding to know that they are going to go back to their families and see their children. That is my biggest joy.

What do you think is on the horizon for your industry?
     I think things will keep booming for a few more years.
    The construction industry is cyclical, so eventually in about three or four years we won’t have as much work as we do right now.
    I think things may be steady for a while and things might go down a little bit.
    We might be building enough homes and buildings right now but eventually the rise in the population will demand us to build more.
    Lasco Acoustics & Drywall Inc. provides drywall, acoustics and plastering in the commercial construction industry. The company has a corporate office in Dallas and also has offices in Austin and San Antonio. –ab

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Abby BeMent abby@constructionnews.net