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Carpenters, builders pitch in on affordable housing

June 6, 2019

Can Chicago’s carpenters union and builders unite to deliver new homes that are affordable to buyers and renters? A venture started on the city’s Southwest Side, launched in cooperation with City Hall, is a test for a new business model in the housing industry.

The Skender construction firm has opened a factory for modular homes at 3348 S. Pulaski Rd. Under an agreement with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Skender has brought in union labor to build the modular components, which are then delivered to the construction site.

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