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2022 Central Ohio Construction Forecast Strong

Unions need to grow to meet strong job demand

The 2022 forecast for construction work in Central Ohio looks strong, as the region will continue to be one of the nation’s hotbeds. 

Despite supply chain shortages and manpower issues, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is expecting a booming year.

Some projects in Ohio, including several within the C/COBCTC jurisdiction, slowed last year due to a lack of materials. Contractors were affected by shortages in steel, electrical parts, roofing material, brick, drywall, paint and other items. As a result, some projects were pushed back, but in many instances, contractors simply adjusted schedules to accommodate material delays.  Continue reading →

Amgen Plant Breaks Ground Amid Columbus’ Construction Boom

Workers broke ground on an Amgen biotech facility in New Albany on Nov. 5.

The Los Angeles-based biotech firm is building a 277,000-square-foot pharmaceutical assembly and packaging plant on 177 acres in New Albany. The new project is expected to create about 350 to 500 construction jobs, including work for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24. The project’s architect is CRB Group, and Turner Construction Co. is the general contractor.

“Environmental sustainability will be a priority, and we aspire for this plant to be LEED-certified and designed,” said Sam Guhan, Vice President of Engineering at Amgen, in a prepared statement. “We will maximize energy efficiency and waste reduction, advancing Amgen’s plan to make our operations carbon neutral over the next several years.”   Continue reading →

Sellers, Union Leaders Celebrate the Passage of Historical Infrastructure Bill

SMART General President Joseph Sellers, Jr., along with other union leaders, celebrated the signing of the five-year $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. 

“The bill can create jobs for existing SMART members and spur new union jobs, which will help us grow the power of union,” said Sellers in a prepared statement on the SMART website. 

“The bill includes over $1 billion in funding for Indoor Air Quality for schools along with commercial and residential buildings that can be used for badly needed HVAC upgrades,” he said. 

Sellers also noted the legislation will invest $25 billion in airport and $17 billion in port infrastructure to not only address repair and maintenance backlogs, but to invest in keeping America’s supply chain moving.  Continue reading →

Construction to Begin on Amazon Datacenter in Central Ohio

Construction on Amazon’s second datacenter campus in the Central Ohio area is expected to begin by the end of the year.

The Amazon datacenter in Hilliard will be the largest in the region — an area that has been touted as Ohio’s Silicon Valley.

The region has had an influx of construction jobs thanks to numerous datacenters being built by a variety of technology companies. Both Google and Facebook are currently constructing datacenters in New Albany. Amazon has another datacenter campus in Hilliard, as well as separate datacenter buildings in Dublin and New Albany.

The Columbus area is also home to other numerous, smaller datacenters. Continue reading →

CDC Pushes for Mental Health Discussions on Jobsites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now encourages construction contractors to invest in the mental wellbeing of their employees, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every working class American.

The CDC has updated their COVID-19 safety checklists for employees and employers. The sheets now include mental health items for both groups to think about and promote.

On the CDC webpage promoting the new checklists, the CDC recommends ways for contractors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, encourage social distancing, masking and how to manage sick workers, as well as dealing with the mental health of employees, among other tips. Continue reading →

State approves $1.3 billion in construction projects

Posted by / June 22, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , / 0 Comments

In mid-June, Ohio legislators approved the re-appropriation of funds for nearly $1.3 billion in already approved construction projects.

The decision will ensure the creation of thousands of jobs for building trades members across the state, including work for Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

House Bill 481 funds a variety of construction projects for state colleges and universities, sports complexes and the arts.

Initially, the funding was in doubt as members of the House Finance Committee were discussing H.B. 670, which would have cut the spending in half.

According to The Dayton Daily News, uncertainty over the state’s fiscal future due to lost revenue and expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic led House leaders to call for every capital projected to be justified.

On June 4, the committee decided to shelve H.B. 670 in favor of Senate Bill 316, which re-appropriated almost $1.3 billion in spending on construction projects.

Eventually, language from H.B. 316 was added into H.B. 481.

In addition to the $1.3 billion in re-appropriation funding, the legislation will provide $350 million worth of federal coronavirus aid to local governments and authorize the sale of nearly two dozen pieces of state-owned property for various reasons. The legislation also grants the governor permission to freeze state workers’ pay for a year and allows townships to slash pay or institute furloughs for workers because of the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The most important facet of this bill is the legislature’s understanding on the need to keep Ohioan’s employed.

If they had decided not to re-appropriate the full amount, tens of thousands of construction jobs would have been lost.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 thanks all members of the House and Senate, who supported H.B. 481.