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The Southwest Washington Contractors Association helps companies thrive. BY ALAN DORICH
Contractors Association helps
members stay active.
he construction industry can be a
difficult business, but for 70 years,
the Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) has helped
companies thrive. Based in Vancouver,
Wash., the organization helps its members
stay profitable and active.
Executive Director Darcy Altizer explains
that three contractors founded SWCA in
1947. "[They] decided we needed a brick and
mortar facility to keep the plans and help
facilitate distribution among our community
so they would have a fair bidding process,"
"Since then, we've expanded our menu of
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services for commercial and industrial contractors," she says, noting
that SWCA now has 365 members. "We have a four-tier level structure that helps support the objectives of a variety of members."
SWCA's many benefits include its plan center that allows contractors to bid and win more jobs. While the center used to be in a brick
and mortar location, "Today, it's all online," Altizer says.
The association also offers business seminars, safety training
certifications and a 401(k) program. "It eliminates the administrative
burden for a small business to have a 401(k) retirement program,"
she says. "We take care of that for our members from an HR point of
view. It's not more work added to their plate."
Bridging the Gap
SWCA is seeing many trends in the Pacific Northwest, including an
increased skilled labor shortage. "It's really high right now," Altizer