When construction workers are called to build a new home, they are asked to pick up the materials, cut them up and take them to a cement factory to make concrete.
But the jobs are far more complex and require more skill and precision than what most workers in construction can handle.
That’s what clayco, an Arizona company, is trying to change.
The company’s new, more specialized cement factory in the U.S. West has the ability to cut the jobs down to about a third, making it more affordable for workers who want to build something more.
“We have an opportunity to give them the same skills as the people that they would have in a traditional cement factory, so they can build a home with the same precision, with the tools, the know-how,” said Clayco President and CEO David Leavitt.
“So that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
In Arizona, the state has seen a surge in the use of cement as a building material, with construction companies like the one Clayco is in a joint venture with investing in its technology.
But most construction jobs are repetitive and tedious.
Clayco has an advantage in that it can cut the laborious tasks down to a level where workers can concentrate on building the house.
“With a lot of the construction in Arizona, you are building something for a living, and if you have a job, it’s hard to get paid,” said Mike Brown, an associate professor of business at Arizona State University.
“The people who build the homes that are built here don’t have a lot.
They are working for a very small amount of money.
We are creating the jobs of tomorrow.”
A new way to build the home Clayco plans to use its new technology to build houses in Arizona and elsewhere.
Instead of using a single cement plant to make cement, the company is going to use multiple factories that use different technology.
That way, workers at one factory will be able to learn from each other and be able work on the same job.
The result is a much more flexible labor force that can use its own tools, which will allow workers to learn new skills, said Clayo’s Brown.
The new technology is the next generation of cement manufacturing, which began as a reaction to the lack of skilled labor in construction.
The industry was once dominated by large cement manufacturers who specialized in cement production.
The big names of the time were Cement Inc. in Chicago, General Cement of Dallas, and B.C. Concrete.
But those companies all folded in the 1980s, and now most cement factories are still owned by smaller companies that specialize in one type of cement.
The technology Clayco wants to build in Arizona would allow the company to continue to provide jobs to people who want them.
“This technology could be applied to building a lot more of these home projects,” said Leavit.
“It’s very flexible, and we have a really exciting future ahead.”
The company says it’s already had success building houses in parts of California, but the biggest demand is in Arizona.
And it has been able to build new homes in other parts of the country, including California, Texas and Georgia.
But for the time being, Clayco isn’t looking to scale up its business.
“If we were to start a new cement plant in California, we would be working for ourselves, so we would not have the capital to start building new homes,” said Brown.
“But if we wanted to, we could build a million houses in California.
That is a huge amount of construction jobs.”