President Obama visits Erickson Construction in Chandler

CHANDLER, AZ - The first stop on President Obama's visit to the Valley was a construction company in Chandler.

At Erickson Construction, President Obama shook a few hands, took a quick tour and got a little lesson in construction from the men who run the place. "I had a few butterflies I'll admit," said employee Lief Erickson.

Erickson Construction was founded in 1975 by a few guys with a couple of trucks. Now it's a big player in the Valley housing market providing lumber for new construction. A place employees are proud of and happy to show off. 

"Absolutely, you put your politics aside and are happy the most powerful man in the world is interested in what you are doing," said Director of Operations Jeff Carlstrom.

The President picked Erickson Construction as an example of the rebounds the housing market is making. During the depths of the recession, the company was whittled down to under 100 employees. Now they are up to 580 and hiring. 

President Obama told that success story during his speech at Desert Vista High School.

Carlstrom says the company is doing better but it's not like it was during the glory days of the 90's and early 2000's. "It's still touch and go."

After about an hour, the President took off and the employees went back to work.

There are houses that need building.

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