signs reading "2021" & "review" on top of fertile soil

Souder Brothers Construction 2021 Year in Review

We started 2020’s “Year in Review” post by saying:

What a year it has been!  Last year was not the one we were expecting, but it was a year we will remember forever.

That sentiment could very well apply to 2021 as well!  While this year has been calmer in some respects as we settle into a “new normal,” the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet a distant memory and continues to impact our work and lives.  Some effects are relatively minor: masks have joined keys, wallets, and phones on the list of things you don’t leave home without.  Video chat apps like Zoom and FaceTime are ubiquitous as email and text messages.  Terms like “social distancing” and “vax” have entered our vernacular and won’t be disappearing very soon.

woman attending virtual Zoom meeting on laptop
Zoom continued to be ubiquitous throughout this past year.

Some effects are not so minor.  We’ve discovered that the supply chain we all rely on can be volatile, with recent disruptions making it seem less like a well-oiled machine and more like a Rube Goldberg contraption.  We can joke about the panic purchases that made toilet paper a hot commodity, and the current “shortage” of video game consoles can be safely categorized as a first-world problem.  The unavailability of important medical equipment, however, is no laughing matter.  Neither is the enormous backorders and price hikes that have impacted many industries, including ours – it’s been like nothing we’ve ever seen in all our years of construction.  While we’re still feeling the squeeze, there are some signs that our supply chain woes won’t go on forever.  Our company is hopeful that 2022 will bring some much-needed stability in pricing and availability of commodities across the board.

aerial view of shipping containers and barges at a port
We’ve all felt the squeeze of supply chain snafus during 2021.

Amid all these unknowns, we remain thankful for what we do know:

  • Our clients are amazing and we are fortunate to work with them.  We weren’t short on jobs this year, completing projects for new and repeat customers alike.  We’ve highlighted a few that we’re particularly proud of on our blog and online portfolio.
  • Our employees are amazing and we are fortunate to have them on our team.  Amid the steady stream of work flowing in, everyone has pitched in to keep our clients happy and make our projects the best they can be.  We were also able to grow our team this year, adding 2 new carpenters and a project coordinator to the staff.
  • We can mark another year in business, a fact that now more than ever we don’t take for granted.
yellow paper and pens with "Thank You!" and a heart drawn on paper

As 2021 comes to a close, we extend our gratitude to you, and look forward to continuing to provide top notch service to all of our customers in the coming year.  Enjoy the holidays and stay safe!

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