Month: April 2019

Growth for our youth is Growth for the industry!

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We told you recently how much we enjoy helping our local youth and we meant it! We especially love aiding our local schools in their STEM courses, shop classes and other vocational curriculum. This week we stopped by one of our local high schools to donate tools and supplies to their carpentry and shop classes. These nail guns are a small gesture with a very big and real impact. Our vocational programs – such as carpentry or welding classes, cosmetology classes or many of the other practical areas of study are often seen as second-rate options for students who don’t make the academic cut. These programs aren’t heavily funded for those students who feel called into this career path.

Why are we so passionate about growing the trade and vocational programs for our local kids? While pencils, paper and other supplies are needed – we wanted to think outside the box and take it a step further. The reality is that while the building industry has experienced steady and positive growth, there has been a steady decline in qualified candidates to fill open positions. This diminished supply of skilled tradesmen and construction workers will ultimately have a significant impact on the development and renovation of buildings that house critical infrastructure like laboratories, hospitals, schools, businesses and more. The lack of enough skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline has added extra hurdles, time, and costs to many current projects.

We aren’t encouraging someone talk these kids out of going to college or pursuing academic skills by any means. However, we would love to see the perception change that vocational programs are second rate and that you can’t make a good living as a laborer. Our whole team feels very passionately about providing our youth with the right tools necessary to help them build a successful foundation for their future; be it climbing the corporate ladder or becoming a skilled tradesman. We are honored that one of our vendors, Stewart Lumber could join us in providing supplies to our local youth that will help them learn skills and trades that will help them secure a career for their future. We would also like to thank Northeast High School for allowing us to drop in and present these items to your students.





Week Recap: New Beginnings

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Last week we finished out our work week traveling to the Lexington, Kentucky area to finalize some plans for our new builds there. We met with our new vendors, nailed down our processes for a new remote market, checked out the job sites, popped by the race track (because of course, its horse country after all!) and toasted to our new chapter that is about to unfold.

The lots we have chosen to start on are in Burley Ridge subdivision about 11 miles outside of downtown Lexington in the suburb, Nicholasville. Burley Ridge is one of the newer single family subdivisions in the area. It sits nestled in the quiet countryside but with access to city utilities and city amenities. The community is rich in Kentucky history and charm. The farm land was previously used as a cattle farm as well as a burley tobacco farm, thus the inspiration for the community name.

The best news is, we expect to be breaking ground in the next month! We are extremely excited about growing the Crabbe Homes family and cannot wait to create raving fans in this new market center.




Building the Future!

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More like building WITH our future!

Yesterday we stepped outside the office to attend the Clarksville Montgomery County School System’s Carpentry Contest. The 11th annual Construction Carpentry Contest invited schools from Montgomery County as well as surrounding counties. This years event was held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center and did not disappoint! If you’ve been following us very long, you know that our local youth are very important to us here at Crabbe Homes. In several years past, we have worked with our vendors to help provide tool belts and supplies to deserving young men and women through our CMCSS shop programs. We love seeing our youth apply themselves and developing life long skills that can be used on the job after high school or college. Well done everyone!