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FORMER UNION OFFICIAL BUILDS BUSINESS WITH TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
When you need a carpenter in New Hampshire, where do you look?
Chet Soderquist, who in 12 months has built a company that threatens to exhaust the available supply of local non-union construction workers, believes the answer lies in Texas and Florida, where years of building boom have gone bust.
Soderquist is not a builder or a developer, but a former union official who owns a year-old company called Construction Labor Unlimited Inc., based in Dover, N.H. His firm works in a manner similar to that of an office temporary service: When a contractor needs labor, the call goes to Soderquist's company, which finds, insures and pays workers. A single billing is sent back to the contractor.
It's proved a good idea. In its first year, the company has put together a pool of 200 available workers. Most of them, Soderquist says, are now working in the overheated New Hampshire residential construction business. The bug is …