In the video, Castle Field Manager Roy Hardester shares details about his career path, daily role and personal experience working in construction. Hardester joined Castle as a laborer in 2009 and served as a foreman and superintendent before assuming his current role as field manager about four years ago. He also oversees the company’s emergency services team, which responds to water main breaks, flooding events and other unexpected incidents.
Produced in collaboration with St. Louis-based JM Films, the video will be used in Castle’s ongoing recruiting efforts as well as to informally introduce potential employees to the benefits of working at Castle, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020.
“With the skilled labor shortage continuing to challenge the entire construction industry, it’s important to provide people with a glimpse of the diverse construction careers available in St. Louis,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations at Castle Contracting. “We think the most effective way of introducing folks to construction is for them to hear directly from someone who has successfully built a rewarding construction career.”
Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a difficult time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of a 2019 industry-wide survey conducted by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America.
Photo Above: Ray Harderster