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Happiness in the heartland is the story of Fort Wayne, Indiana home builders these days. Fort Wayne Business Weekly reports:

Increased labor and materials costs aren’t slowing down area home builders, who are ahead of last year’s totals for building permits pulled in Allen and neighboring counties.

“Building is very strong right now,” said Barclay Allen, president of custom home builder, Timberlin Homes, and the current president of the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne. “Everybody is busy, including myself, although I think that there are some challenges.”

Because of the labor shortage, building is taking a little bit longer and and labor costs are higher. The high demand for lumber and other raw materials has also driven up prices — and was doing so even before the U.S. imposed tariffs on imports of Canadian lumber late last year.

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