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40 years ago: Construction projects stalled for lack of materials

August 30, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 30, 1973:

Residents were already contending with shortages of gasoline, beef, and beer, but today it was announced that several Lawrence construction projects were being held up for lack of building materials. Dennis Dressler of Building Systems Inc., Topeka, said that his firm's work on the Dillon Family Center project at 27th and Iowa was being held back by steel shortages this summer. "Materials are scarce," he said. "We had quite a bit of trouble getting steel, and a lot of things were back-ordered.... We hope to be out of here by Christmas." Dressler added that bad weather earlier this summer had also stalled the project. Another Building Systems Inc. project at Packer Plastics, 2330 Packer Road, had also been delayed due to bad weather and material shortages. Construction of a 24,000-square-foot warehouse at the site, scheduled for completion before the end of the summer, had just now begun. "Everything is expensive and hard to get," said Dave Schwartzburg, vice president of sales at Packer. Shortages of materials of a different sort were slowing progress at the Eldridge House, Seventh and Massachusetts, where remodeling of the restaurant and club area was held up by supply problems: "Our new furnishings are half out of stock," said Tom Bush. "We can't get our new booths and tables until Dec. 1."

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