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Joel Smith

Joel Smith is the Director of Strategic Contractor Relations for Greenlee. During his nearly 23 years with Greenlee, Joel has toured more than 100 fabrication shops in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about Greenlee by visiting

FABRICATION: The Productivity Advantage

Building on the jobsite has always had productivity challenges. Clash, material mismanagement, adverse weather conditions, injuries, wasted motion, and many other factors lead to inefficiencies that cost you time and money. And as a result, generally speaking, less than 50 percent of time on the jobsite is productive. That means less than half your employees’ time is spent contributing to a job’s profit margin.