There appears to be plenty of work expected for Sheet Metal Worker Local 24 members in 2020.
Building trades leaders in Columbus and Dayton said collectively, their members worked record hours in 2019 and as of now, are predicting similar numbers for 2020. In Lima, major refinery work is set to wrap up, but members should stay busy thanks to numerous hospital projects.
In the Columbus area, major datacenter projects are currently underway or just about set to begin for internet giants Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Sheet Metal Work Local 24 members will play an integral role in the construction of these facilitates.
Local 24 members will also get to work on The Ohio State University’s $2 billion Wexner Medical Center tower, which is expected to break ground later this year.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle of these projects is the $325 million Columbus Crew Stadium project and a $2 billion renovation project at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
SMW Local 24 members will be on the job at these two projects as well, plus many other medium and smaller-sized projects throughout Central Ohio.
In the Lima region, Rick Perdue, President of the Lima Building Trades and Local 24 Dayton District Business Representative expects a rebound in the first quarter of 2020, after a brief slowdown in the fourth quarter of 2019.
In Dayton, most of the union trades are preparing for another busy year.
Indicators pointed to a busy year and then GM announced construction of a $176 million Duramax Diesel Engine Plant in Brookville.
This project will employ between 300-400 tradesmen and tradeswomen, including members of Local 24.
Work on the DMAX plant will be performed under a National Maintenance Agreement.