Construction companies in Central Kentucky are struggling with supply chain issues

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Supply chain issues devastated the United States economy across a number of industries in the first half of 2022.

The same notion applies here in the Commonwealth.

Businesses across the state have had to grapple with a slew of supply chain issues.

Local contractors are having a harder time than ever, making jobs nearly impossible to complete.

“Until my rep texts me and says we have product in store, I’m not working. It’s a scary time right now,” said Romeo Welch of Pressure Clean & Seal.

Welch has been flat-out washing and dyeing decks in central Kentucky for nearly three decades, but he shared in part with Facebook that he may have dyed the last deck for the longer future since his supplies run out of deck stains.

Work is no problem at all for Welch. He just isn’t able to do those jobs without the product he needs, essentially bringing him to a halt.

Welch’s company isn’t the only company struggling to meet demand, as local hardware stores have stocked shelves, particularly with items you might not have been expecting.

“Extension cords, spray paint, there’s garden equipment that we’re running out of,” said Will Edwards, manager of Chevy Chase Hardware. “Only items you wouldn’t think would be affected by an epidemic.”

Right now, the best thing companies can do is find alternative solutions to keep customers happy.

“We tend to try to stock up on different brands that we don’t typically carry,” Edwards said. “But we’re trying to make sure we keep products here for our customers.”

Using other brands is all well and good, but it’s really only a temporary fix.

“Currently I am [using other products] but I’m guessing they might follow soon, I’m not sure,” Welch said. “All other places may also be running out of product.”

Due to the lack of supply, companies have had to raise prices to fill gaps.

“We tried to keep them very contained, but to be honest we had to raise a few prices,” Edwards said.

One of the few things that eases this whirlwind is understanding customers.

“They totally get it, they totally get it. Everyone was really good at it,” Welch said.

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