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ZEN Industries eNewsletter:
October 2020

Dealing with the HVAC Labor Shortage

Optimizing Duct Acquistion and Installation

HVAC Installation LaborThe problem has been with the HVAC industry for years. In the U.S., vocational training has been on the decline, while an emphasis on college careers continues.

The myth is that four-year degrees are essential to earning a living wage, while the reality is that getting new hands into the HVAC workforce remains a top priority for the industry.

Manufacturers, distributors, and contractors continually struggle to find the workers they need.

The obvious approach for contractors is to develop relationships with technical and vocational institutes, along with creating robust apprenticeship programs. While this helps, the attrition rate of workers aging out of the HVAC industry is high. According to an article at FIELDBOSS, 2020 was projected to be the year 25% of the HVAC workforce reached retirement age.

That makes it difficult for contractors and installers to hire their way out of a labor shortage, especially in a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can take some out-of-the-box thinking to manage projects when enough hands to do the work may be difficult to find.

That’s where ZEN Industries can help.

How a Duct Fabricator Helps Minimize Labor

HVAC Duct Fabrication Staging AreaWe’re often asked how an experienced duct fabricator can help reduce labor needs and on-site expense for HVAC installations.

We’ve simply looked at the labor problem from several different angles.

Onsite Optimization

  •  Duct runs measured to handled and installed with fewer installers.
  • Each duct section precision fit to its location, connections, and support.
  • Duct labeled, sorted, and organized, ready to assemble with no waste of time.
  • Accessories, fittings, curbs, and rails, all sourced in one place at one time.
  • Delivery timed to the zones or floors you are working on today.

Sourcing Optimization

  • Eliminating field measuring and layout labor through advanced CAD services.
  • Shop drawings up to 50% faster with the highest level of precision and error reduction.
  • Estimating services so efficient, we help you quote more jobs in less time at less cost.
  • Partnering with mechanical contractors to help them bid on more jobs by eliminating duplicative steps in the traditional estimating process.

We’ve developed a series of coordinated techniques and approaches we like to call The ZEN Way. Taken together, we can deliver results that save you labor both at the management and installation levels and provide real cost savings between 25% and 35%.

When it comes to duct fabricators, there are those that simply deliver your order and those that partner with you to help assure the success of your project and your business.

Would you like to learn more? Call us at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today! .

We Start with High Quality Precision Duct

HVAC Coil Line for Duct FabricationAt ZEN Industries, we’ve been serving the needs of HVAC projects since 1999. We’re committed to the values of Integrity, Caring, and Stewardship, as well as providing the highest quality service to help HVAC contractors expand their profitably and better serve their clients, employees, and communities.

ZEN provides a comprehensive array of products for HVAC contractors and large construction projects. In addition to Spiral Ductwork, ZEN features Double Wall Spiral, Rectangular Ductwork, PCD Ductwork, and Specialty Ductwork.

We serve commercial construction projects across the U.S., including new construction, retrofitting old buildings, and system upgrades that take the newest smart systems and zoning control into account.

Just as new HVAC systems are built to be flexible and responsive to conditions, we treat each project as a challenge to meet your timeline, budget, and special needs, including specialty materials ranging from Galvanized G-90 and Stainless Steel to PCD Polyvinyl Coated duct.

Would you like to learn more? Call us at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today!


Success is All About Great Service

Founded in 1999 on a set of unbreakable core principles, ZEN strives to provide top-quality fabrication, advice, and planning for our customers.

The quality of our HVAC duct work is of the highest caliber and our price is competitive with the best in the industry. Of course, ZEN Industries Inc. gains its edge with unbeatable service, and service means people - it's about our experienced personnel and the relationships we build with each and every customer.

Learn more at www.ZENindustries.com

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