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Construction hours logged rise 18 percent in ‘10

Construction workers in Northern Indiana will have logged about 18 percent more hours on job sites this year compared to 2009, according to an estimate provided by a regional industry trade organization.

Robert Anadell, executive director of the Building & Construction Resource Center Inc., said by the end of the year area workers will have spent about 19.5 million hours—3 million hours more than in 2009—on job sites. The 2010 total, however, still is down 12 percent from the more than 22 million hours worked in 2008. The work area spans the northern tier of the state from Lake County to South Bend.

Anadell said contractors and people in the unionized building trades expect a slight increase in activity during 2011 largely because of the industrial market. He expects the commercial and residential markets to remain soft.

The Building & Construction Resource Center administers a drug-testing program, which was formed in 1991 and approved by the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable, for the union construction industry. The roundtable is a nonprofit group with business members aiming to improve construction and maintenance projects in Northwest Indiana.

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