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Welcome to The Contractors Association of West Virginia

The CAWV represents over 450 businesses and 20,000 employees in the building, highway, industrial and utility contracting industries. Our members are “Hard at Work” building safe roads and bridges, modern schools and hospitals, and water and sewer infrastructure that increases the quality of life for all West Virginians. The CAWV is the state’s only full service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the construction industry in West Virginia. The CAWV is one of the most respected trade organizations in the state, and for over 95 years has been a traditional leader of the business community in advancing legislative and public policy issues. We are “Hard at Work” building a better West Virginia.




 The Contractors Association of West Virginia serves its members, the construction industry and general public through communication, education, representation and promotion.




Construction News

Contractors continue to experience record price increases for materials according to latest AGC Construction Inflation Alert


For more than two years, the U.S. construction industry has been buffeted by unprecedented increases in material costs, supply-chain bottlenecks, and a tight labor market. AGC of America’s Construction Inflation Alert is intended to help owners, public officials, and others understand what contractors are experiencing. It also outlines steps owners and contractors can take to adjust to the fast-changing market conditions. The July 2022 edition—the 8th since early 2021— states “previous editions of this guide have highlighted the extreme runup in material costs that began in early 2020.  More recently, prices have moved in divergent directions for different materials.  But, on balance, they continue to climb at a much higher rate than the consumer price index.”


Industry has seen a wide range of cost increases from April 2020 to June 2022, including:


       Steel mill products (up 124% in 26 months)

       Lumber and plywood (up 61%)

       Copper and brass mill shapes climbed 68%

       Aluminum mill shapes (up 53%)

       Plastic construction products (up 55%)

       Gypsum products (up 44%)

       Truck transportation (up 40%)


The current version of the Alert can be accessed by clicking here.



CAWV Annual Report highlights 2021 activities


The 2021 CAWV Annual Report outlines some of the issues addressed by the association during the past year, as well as the historic multi-billion-dollar infrastructure bill passed in November. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is the biggest U.S. infrastructure package in decades and provides over $6 billion in funding for West Virginia’s roads, bridges, water and sewer treatment facilities, abandoned mine land (AML) projects, airports and other infrastructure improvement projects,” writes CAWV President Nate Orders, Orders Construction Company, St. Albans. “These new infrastructure investments will provide a much-needed boost to the construction industry while growing West Virginia’s economy over the next decade.” The President told members that, “This past year has posed many challenges for our industry but, as usual, our members rose to meet them head on. This is one of the key reasons our association is successful.” Enclosed in the report are just a few successes this year on behalf of CAWV members and the construction industry. See the report by clicking here.



West Virginia Construction News features 2022 Construction Forecast; $6 billion coming to West Virginia through IIJA


The November/December 2021 issue of West Virginia Construction News magazine features a survey of state and federal contracting agencies on their 2022 construction programs was conducted before the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The $1.2 trillion bill is the biggest U.S. infrastructure package in decades and provides over $6 billion in funding for West Virginia’s roads, bridges, water and sewer facilities, abandoned mine land projects, airports, broadband expansion and other infrastructure projects. This issue details existing construction programs and explores how IIJA funding will create jobs and enhance the quality of life for all West Virginians. To read this issue and other past issues of WVCN, click here






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Contractors Association of West Virginia

2114 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25311 Phone 304.342.1166 Fax 304.342.1074