NRCA said it recently sent a letter to the Department of Energy to explain the immediate need for a comprehensive federal approach to address devastating supply chain shortages of materials that began during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been greatly exacerbated by natural disasters—most recently Hurricane Ida.
The letter, NRCA said, addresses the unprecedented severity of the supply chain issues and requests immediate federal assistance with increasing the speed and capacity at U.S. ports, a fast restart of production located in disaster areas and other assistance that may be identified during the coming days or weeks.
". . .[W]e wish to inform you that the roofing industry is in immediate need of a comprehensive federal approach to address devastating supply chain shortages of materials that began during the pandemic and have been greatly exacerbated by natural disasters and most recently Hurricane Ida," NRCA CEO Reid Ribble wrote in the letter addressed to DOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. "Without federal assistance, the key material components needed to provide shelter to hundreds of thousands of Americans and businesses could be delayed for many months. Our industry is vital to addressing current housing shortages and to repair, build and maintain schools, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure buildings but these efforts are in jeopardy as materials are increasingly constrained."
View the full letter here.