Extra Building Staff Wanted as Utah Booms

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SALT LAKE CITY – Jacobsen Construction hosted a band breakout for their impressive new headquarters on Friday morning.

The 99-year-old company previously operated in smaller buildings that could not accommodate all of the staff necessary to run the growing company.

Salt Lake City’s rapidly changing skyline is a testament to the good times in Utah’s construction industry.

Jacobsen was part of the boom and built skyscrapers and office towers.

“We’re building a new Primary Children’s Hospital in Lehi and we have forty or forty-five other wonderful projects on top of that,” said Gary Ellis, President and CEO of Jacobsen Construction.

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Utah has led the nation in construction job creation (7,900) since the pandemic began, according to data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The same organization reports that construction jobs decreased in 36 states over the same period.

“There’s a saying in construction that more contractors go out of business when times are good than bad,” Ellis said.

Jacobsen, says Ellis, has to be selective about his future projects, also because of the lack of skilled workers.

“We’re always looking for good people,” said Ellis.

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Governor Spencer Cox was present at the severing of the ribbon, as were Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall who assisted Jacobsen in building the Salt Lake International Center west of Salt Lake City International Airport praised.

“I think it’s important that your new headquarters are here on the west side,” said Mendenhall.

More information about jobs at Jacobsen Construction can be found here.