Decades of work experience and no way of getting a paycheck... Hundreds of people in this situation are flocking to Amarillo. They're coming here to work construction.
Elsewhere, the economy is hitting hard and construction is slowing down, but here, we're seeing a construction boom, so to speak... With one company receiving more bids this past December than they have in years. Chris Swink moved to Amarillo from Burleson one month ago. "I was doing fence work. It was starting to slow down there and I need to work. Hundreds of others are making the same choice, moving here where there are still jobs.
Dustin Suttle, Project Manager at Kelly Wood Construction says, "The amount of resumes coming in has doubled." Workers aren't coming here for residential construction. They're coming for commercial construction, and they're coming from as far as 2,000 miles away. "Hollywood, California, Northern New York." Texas Panhandle Builder's Association President Brent King says, "I have a guy here from Georgia. I've seen some from Dallas, Houston, all over the US, they're coming from Kansas."