Here’s What We’re Reading…

Posted by JJ Przybylski, Mastodon Moving and EM NARI Membership Committee

Here are some great articles focused on issues of interest in the remodeling industry. Let us know what you think!


As baby boomers reach retirement age, we’re seeing gaps in important industry positions, but how do we continue to attract talent when perceptions of skilled trade labor haven’t changed? To make it worse, millennials just don’t seem to understand the importance or opportunities that come with learning a trade. We found two articles that help to dispel myths about vocational education.

Millennials (Still) Don’t Want the Trades. Here’s Why & What Needs To Happen…


The problem: our perception. The solution: our perception.

In case you didn’t know, there’s a shortage of skilled labor right now. In other words, companies are saying, “Hey Millenials, we have job openings that we’re willing to pay money for!” and not enough people are taking them up on it.  READ MORE

Vocational skills – skilled trades are in demand as boomers retire

By Adecco USA

What happens when the boomers retire?

Two things are happening: Baby Boomers are saying goodbye to their jobs in construction, manufacturing and engineering, and younger generations are looking for work outside of those industries. So, who exactly is replacing the Boomers? SEE THE INFOGRAPHICS

What can be done


Winter in New England is beautiful but it can come with a price. Ice dams are a pain and can seriously damage a home if not addressed properly. When home damage does occur you want your client to be sure they have the best resources available to fix the problem and avoid additional damage.

Dealing with and preventing ice dams

By University of Minnesota Extension

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.  READ MORE

Ice Dams


Did you know that Mastodon often partners with MA Restoration in order to assist on their remediation projects? We appreciate our relationship with MA Restoration because while the scope of the job is always different, we know what to expect with their levels of professionalism and dedication to providing top notch services to clients going through stressful times. Have a client with a water or fire loss? Be sure to reach out to MA Restoration through your NARI directory to help in emergency situations.

MA Restoration


How We Support Remodelers: During a remodel we help to clear the home by packing, protecting items, and offering long or short-term storage solutions in our climate controlled facility. Upon completion of the project, Mastodon uses the home prep available in order to protect your client’s new space and the work you’ve put in. As NARI members Mastodon appreciates the opportunities to work with you and your clients during what can be an exciting and stressful time. We are always appreciative of your trust in our services and comfort in referring us to your clients.

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