Other stories by Pierre Villere

  • Construction Hiring Looks Strong

    Contractors expect 2016 to be a mostly positive year, as most expect key market segments to expand or remain stable. Yet their enthusiasm is tempered by tight labor conditions.

  • Millennials Help Save the Economy

    The expanding economic picture bodes well for the pent-up demand that exists among Millennials to form new households, and ultimately buy a home.

  • 2015 Industry Data Survey

    As we begin 2016, we think the industry has stabilized, margins have expanded to some of their best spreads ever, and the trend line continues to point upward, even if at a modest pace.

  • Concrete Production will Increase in 2016

    All signs point to a good year ahead for the concrete industry.

  • Ten Years of Consolidation, Marketing, and Production

    The author made eight predictions about the future of the industry 10 years ago. Six were correct.

  • Consumer Sentiment Looking Strong

    There are signs that consumer confidence has been increasing, which bodes well for all segments of our economy.

  • 2014 NRMCA Industry Survey Results

    Financial results were not as good as hoped. The ready-mix production industry as a whole continued to produce losses.

  • A Shift in the Mortgage Market

    The pendulum swings back toward easier mortgage-lending standards as the government tries to resurrect housing.

  • The State of the Ready Mixed Industry

    Challenging times lie ahead, but in a good way. Expect volume and pricing growth, driven by increased demand and shortages in the industry's ability to meet this demand.

  • The Current State of Housing

    While single-family home starts slowly recover, don't minimize the impact multifamily housing has on the new-starts market. Multifamily is growing at almost double the rate of single-family housing.