Students Get Hands-On Experience in Welding, Heavy Equipment and Concrete
ST. LOUIS, MO (April 10, 2023) – Opportunities abound in the construction industry for well-paying careers with benefits – a fact that Alberici Constructors and Hillsdale Fabricators impressed upon more than 100 St. Louis area high school students and educators. On April 7, 2023, they gathered at Hillsdale Fabricators at 2150 Kienlen Ave. in North St. Louis to get hands-on experience in welding, setting concrete forms and operating skid steer loaders and cranes. They also toured Hillsdale Fabricator’s 250,000-square-foot steel fabrication facility, the largest in St. Louis.
“Attracting the next generation of construction and craft workers is a continuous process,” said John Grib, vice president and market leader at Alberici Constructors. “We manage complex projects that demand a highly skilled and safe workforce. It’s truly an impactful career that shapes the future of our nation and offers attractive salaries and benefits.”
Alberici was part of the joint venture that recently completed CITYPARK stadium for St. Louis’ new MLS franchise. Hillsdale Fabricators provided 5,000 tons of steel for the project. Other local projects include the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center and the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park. Nationally, Alberici’s recent work includes the major renovation of a naval submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia, and the Northwest Water Treatment Facility in Wichita, Kansas.
The Alberici construction career showcase comes at a time when the St. Louis construction
industry is booming but challenged by an ongoing labor shortage. According to the
Associated General Contractors, 45 states, including Missouri, added construction jobs from February 2022 to February 2023, but were still struggling to find enough workers to build projects. Missouri added 700 jobs, ranking 44th in the nation, but needs more skilled construction workers as federal, state and local projects go into high gear.
Alberici and Hillsdale Fabricators partnered with Andy Rice Trade Scholarship and area high schools for the construction career showcase. The students and educators came from the Parkway School District, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District and Sumner High School.