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BUSINESS FORECAST


A BUSTLING ECONOMY WITH PLENTY OF NEW CONSTRUCTION IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE INDUSTRY’S LABOR SHORTAGE, SO BUSINESSES ARE FOCUSING ON


OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND PRESERVING PROFIT MARGINS.


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very year, Kris Ashby must replace about half of his workforce—that’s 40 to 50 job openings for his two Utah-based business- es, Spectrum Landscape Services in Midway and Elite Grounds in Pleasant Grove. For-


tunately, up to 25 entry-level applicants walk in to his offices for seasonal jobs, but he still needs a couple dozen more crewmembers to service clients.


“That’s where we had a real struggle last year,” Ashby says, reflecting on 2018 when the company had to shrink its sales goals due to lack of labor. “We had a lot of overtime last year, too.”


THE LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL > MARCH/APRIL 2019


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