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Construction takes longer, costs more as supplies grow scarce

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 12, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: April 12, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Workers sort lumber at Classic American Hardwood on Friday, April 2.</strong> <strong>The 50-acre lumber mill with 180 employees in North Memphis just recorded the best month in its 21-year-history, chief executive Bill Courtney said.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Workers sort lumber at Classic American Hardwood on Friday, April 2. The 50-acre lumber mill with 180 employees in North Memphis just recorded the best month in its 21-year-history, chief executive Bill Courtney said. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Construction firms and suppliers describe the effects created by the tight supply and rising costs of lumber and steel.

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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey covers business news for The Daily Memphian. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He's worked in journalism for 40 years and has lived in Midtown for 36 years.


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