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Construction industry observers here predict the improving economy and an uptick in construction backlog will provide momentum to lift the industry through 2016.

General contractor Baker Construction & Development Inc. has several multimillion-dollar projects under way and is building up a backlog going into 2016, says Barry Baker, president of the Spokane company.

“This was a good year for us, and we’re hoping next year will be as good as this year,” Baker says.

He says the company is competing with other contractors, not only for construction jobs, but also for highly skilled workers and supervisors.

“We’re in a hiring mode, and we’ll be looking to add to our staff next year,” he says….


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