Asphalt contractors need more workers

As potholes continue to be an issue across central Indiana, the asphalt industry is one job field that doesn't seem t...

Posted: May 4, 2018 5:13 AM
Updated: May 4, 2018 5:13 AM

As potholes continue to be an issue across central Indiana, the asphalt industry is one job field that doesn't seem to be slowing down, but they're in need of some serious help.

The Department of Public Works employees are working mandatory overtime to fix the roads because there are fewer employees than ever available to do the job.

The Asphalt Pavement Association projects they will lose ten percent of their already dwindling workforce over the next five years as many baby boomers get set to retire.

They spent Wednesday talking to nearly 200 high schoolers from across Indiana, teaching them how to pave streets and giving them an inside look at the asphalt industry and the job opportunities available to them right now.

The President of Milestone Contractors, CJ Potts, says the need for younger workers is huge right now.

"Roads, highways, bridges, airports they are all in need of repair, they're all in need of upgrades and there are also new facilities that are being put in. In order to do that, we need people. A lot of our people are aging. The average age is approaching 50 years old today."

Potts says workers can start out making up to $50,000 a year.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 495464

Reported Deaths: 33422
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens762207291
Kings745537383
Bronx550114986
Nassau493122208
Suffolk486632019
Westchester401311470
New York357233192
Rockland17685683
Richmond170481094
Orange13457505
Erie12819713
Monroe7111300
Dutchess5438163
Onondaga5309207
Albany3577136
Broome336883
Oneida2681128
Ulster247195
Niagara2041101
Putnam179463
Sullivan174348
Chemung16403
Schenectady154650
Saratoga130817
Rensselaer108042
Steuben96257
Chautauqua88413
Columbia68038
Ontario64435
Oswego6164
Tompkins6030
Tioga57230
Madison55917
Cortland5100
Greene49018
Cattaraugus4616
Warren45033
Wayne4485
Orleans39354
Otsego3905
Herkimer38710
St. Lawrence3864
Chenango3817
Genesee3805
Cayuga3642
Fulton36124
Washington33214
Livingston2808
Allegany2711
Montgomery2614
Clinton2405
Jefferson2020
Essex1970
Wyoming1825
Delaware1697
Seneca1403
Schuyler1160
Yates1127
Schoharie1090
Lewis1080
Franklin790
Hamilton160
Unassigned021
Utica
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 38°
Oneonta
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 41°
Herkimer
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 38°
Thendara
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 38°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left