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Redding construction company owner shares COVID-19 impact on the industry

Construction workers are among those considered essential workers. Don Ajamian, owner of Don Ajamian Construction Company in Shasta County shares what impacts he's seeing.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 12:48 PM

REDDING, Calif. – Construction workers are among those considered essential workers. Action News Now Debbie Cobb spoke with Don Ajamian, owner of Don Ajamian Construction Company in Shasta County on what impacts he's seeing in the industry.

Ajamian said business is still busy, for his company. However, he said in the future the business is seeing a drop-off due to what he thinks is consumer confidence, since many people are out of work and finances are tight during this time.

“People are holding off on projects they see as being discretionary,” Ajamian said.

He added his company is seeing more demand for primarily residential construction.

"90% of what we are doing is Carr Fire rebuilds," Ajamian said. "We have been able to finish up homes for people who have been waiting for up to two years for one, which is great to do that."

Currently, Ajamian said his company is not seeing a shortage with supplies. But he said they’re beginning to realize some manufactures are having challenges. If this goes on much longer, Ajamian said his company may have trouble with getting materials.

As far as Ajamian's employees, he says more and more employees are beginning to show concern.

"We’re doing our best to make them feel safe," Ajamian said. We look at our essential statuses, as much as a responsibility as it is an opportunity to keep working."

His company's office staff is working from home full-time, the office is closed to the public and they're following CDC guidelines to make sure his customers and employees stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

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