Gulf Coast’s industrial boom strains labor pool

Companies developing multibillion-dollar Gulf Coast plants to export cheap domestic natural gas or make things with it are encountering a harsh reality: There aren’t enough skilled hands to do all that building.

“It causes a big concern about what’s going to actually happen when it comes to fulfilling these jobs,” says Michael Bergen, executive vice president of Industrial Info Resources, a Sugar Land-based market research firm. It projects that companies will invest more than $64 billion to build at least seven liquefied natural gas facilities along the Gulf Coast in the coming years.

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