It was a banner year for the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, which was capped off by a mid-December networking event.
The Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council year-end networking event took place on Dec. 11 at the Hollywood Casino.
Building Trades Council Executive Board members, affiliated Local Business, along with contractors, vendors, assorted politicians and others gathered to discuss the busy 2018 construction season and what they expect in 2019.
“2018 has been one of the most successful years on record, with agreements on the New Franklin County Jail and Fire Station 35, as well as the work at Google,” said Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dorsey Hager. “Our members have been very busy.”
The Central Ohio area is in the midst of a major construction boom and Hager said 2019 looks to be an even better year than 2018.
Besides the current ongoing projects, there are multiple major projects set to break ground in 2019 and attendees were busy talking about the upcoming work.
Other discussions included the need to attract apprentices and various efforts to organize non-union construction workers and contractors in order to grow market share.
The Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades are actively involved in several initiatives to reach out to the entire community through the Columbus Building Futures program, a new pilot program to target high school students and general apprenticeship recruiting tactics.