Building Products

Booming Labor Alternative

Christian Beard

Chris Beard

July 22, 2022

The prefab structural component manufacturer industry is booming, thanks in part to the lack of available labor.

In partnership with the Structural Building Components Association, we surveyed 15% of the industry volume and developed a Structural Building Components Index we will track going forward, starting with a solid 90 rating out of 100.

Here's what we learned in our first survey:

  • Revenue has grown +18% year over year, comprised of 14% volume growth and 4% price growth.
    • Component volume grew +14% year over year, as builders increased their orders with Prefab Structural Component Manufacturers. Even though prefab is a labor shortage solution, prefab manufacturers felt constrained by lack of labor.
    • Cost per component grew only 4%, as manufacturers were not able to pass along all of the cost increases they likely experienced. This may have been partially attributable to cost overruns on projects whose prices were negotiated up front.
  • Components and equipment are hard to source. Materials, truss plates, and manufacturing equipment are in short supply. Component Manufacturers need more help from their suppliers to ramp up production.
  • Builders could have built even more homes if the prefab component industry were not hit by delays and cost overruns.

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About The Author

Christian Beard
Chris Beard
Vice President, Building Products Research
Chris manages JBREC’s monthly Dealer Survey and quarterly Prefab Components Index as well as public building products earnings. He leverages his relationships with distribution and manufacturers to help form JBREC’s forecast theses.

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