On the About Us page, learn about Forge’s mission, vision, and values.

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At Forge, we believe that the future of our built world — of the places where we live, work, rest, and play — depends on the future of the trades.

Because without the trades, the world would be forced to stop building. There’d be no new homes. No more skyscrapers. No swing sets, apartments, or porches. Nothing would be fixed, improved, rethought, or remade. That’s where we come in.

We are a team of makers and doers. A community of tradespeople, engineers, designers, and creatives. We are learners and leaders, students and teachers.

We’re builders. And we’re building the future of the trades industry.

Forge. Human built.

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Who we are and
what we do

We’re solving the challenge of the disappearing trades workforce by building our own school to train the trades workers of tomorrow. After they graduate, we give them full-time jobs with competitive wages, full benefits, and a 401(k) — and we equip them with new technology that helps them work more efficiently.

The Forge way works better for them. Which means it’s better for the rest of us who depend on their skills and expertise.

Is the trades workforce
really disappearing?

You be the judge. Consider a few facts:
2.2 million dollars
additional trades workers needed over the next two years to meet the housing demands of the rising US population
decrease in the total population of carpenters since 2011
of all trades workers will retire in this decade
60 years
is the average age of an electrician or plumber
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Meet the founder

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The trades have built the world as we know it and will be what rebuilds it for centuries to come.

I'm interested in building a company that blends the best people with the best technology to create a new kind of workforce.

Mark Kasdorf

Founder & CEO
Meet the Leadership Team
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The Forge

Forge was founded to meet the challenge of the disappearing trades workforce.
We hired our first senior carpenter and completed our first customer job.
April – June
Our first apprentice class started and graduated.
We signed on with our first two partners.
We closed our Series A round and raised $17M.
We moved from a 2,000-sq.-ft. space into our current ~12,000-sq.-ft. location in Newton, MA, increasing our space by 500% to support our growth.

We launched our first proprietary mobile app.

A former apprentice was promoted to crew leader for the first time.
We hit 50 pros in the field.

We released our proprietary Service Hub mobile and desktop solution, which combines all the tools and features necessary for our team to manage day-to-day business operations.

We closed our Series A1 round and raised an additional $12.5M.
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Training for the trades: Local company aiming to prepare next generation of workers

[Forge's] novel program is being designed to meet the growing job demands in the residential construction industry through small cohort-based learning versus the traditional one-on-one model.

This local startup is running a new kind of trade school — and hiring its graduates

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