Next Lift & Move USA Event will be May 3 in Chicago Area | Construction News

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Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) will host the fifth Lift & Move USA careers event at its Bridgeview, Ill., facility in the Chicago area on May 3.

LGH is  and it is expecting more than 800 students and military veterans to attend.

Lift & Move USA aims to inspire and educate the next generation of drivers, mechanics, welders, crane operators, safety specialists, CAD design engineers, and riggers (ironworkers).

As many as 2,000 students and veterans have already benefitted from the program, and the event in May promises to be one of the largest yet.

Host company LGH, which rents a wide range of hoisting, rigging, and jacking equipment throughout the USA, was an early supporter of the LIft & Move program.

“We decided from the beginning to back this initiative with both human and financial support,” said Patrick Clark, national rental support manager at LGH, “We have never looked back, and continue to get more passionate and stronger in our convictions."

Clark added that the initiative started with foresight from an industry watching its aging labor pool retire. "Depending on the craft or trade, for every two or five folks retiring
there is only one [coming in] to replace them," he said.

Clark said the Lift & Move USA program is a grass-roots effort to educate and inform youth about current and future career opportunities. "Today, there are seven million job openings. The big question is, where will we find the workforce to deliver the projects that our nation needs in energy and infrastructure?” Clark said.