The UBC's elite floor covering program, INSTALL, continues its successful expansion throughout the Central South Carpenters Regional Council.
The International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) first made news in 2016 throughout the Southern District's 11-state region by announcing the UBC's first district-wide collective bargaining agreement.
INSTALL’s expansion into the Texas market was spearheaded by a joint partnership that included the Central South and St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Councils and INSTALL Warranty Contractor, Image Flooring. Kansas City-based Image Flooring wanted to create a presence and workforce in Texas, but while the company already had a large presence throughout the Central US, without certified installers in Texas they were unable to tap into the thriving construction market.
“It’s the chicken and the egg scenario,” said Jim Wilkinson, vice president of Image Flooring. “You need trained and certified installers to win bids and work on specific projects, but you also need to secure the projects and provide jobs to attract trained and certified installers.”