FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2012
SCHUMER: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, GE’S DREDGING PROJECTS DEMAND HUNDREDS OF SKILLED WORKERS & THEY SHOULD BE TRAINED IN GLENS FALLS – SENATOR PUSHES TO SECURE NEW FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN TECH MEADOWS INDUSTRIAL PARK
Schumer, Who Successfully Secured Over $750,000 In Federal Investments To Bring Water And Sewer Infrastructure To Future Worker Training Center, Will Announce Push To Secure Additional Investment To Get Training Programs Up And Running
Schumer-Backed Training Center Could Help Hundreds Of Area Workers Train For High-Demand Jobs, Provide A Shot In The Arm For Glens Falls & Make Warren County A Major Worker Training Center
Schumer: This Center Will Help Glens Falls Tap The Growing Capital Region Economy
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond to tour the future Tech Meadows Industrial Park, the site of a training center which he helped secure funding to construct and which could help hundreds of area workers train for high-demand jobs in the Capital Region. During his visit, Schumer also announced his push for increased federal investments in high-tech job training, worth $750,000 to $1 million, to boost the Park’s mission of helping Glens Falls tap the growing Capital Region economy, and meet the demands of companies like GlobalFoundries and General Electric’s dredging projects. In the coming months, the Park’s first tenant, Local 773 of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union, is set to begin construction of a regional training site for plumbers and high-tech construction workers on the site, and plans to apply for an EPA Brownfields training grant to help prepare workers to handle various hazardous materials from lead-based paint to asbestos.
“The Tech Meadows Industrial Park is a smart investment that will prove to be a shot in the arm for Glens Falls,” said Schumer. “High tech construction and maintenance is blossoming all over this region, and these fields are going to demand hundreds of well-trained workers to fill these slots. Simply put, Mayor Diamond and I want them trained right here in Glens Falls at this park. That’s why I’m going to bat for these federal funds that could jump start essential training projects, helping workers in Warren County land good-paying jobs throughout the Capital Region.”
Schumer was joined by Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond as he announced his effort to support the Mayor and boost Glens Falls’ role in the growth of the Capital Region’s fast-growing economy. In 2010, Schumer helped to secure over $750,000 in Economic Development Administration grants to bring infrastructure and water and sewer lines to the site. Aside from visiting the site of this EDA investment, Schumer is pushing for additional support to help the training center flourish. This spring, Local 773 of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union will become the industrial park’s first tenant. In order to help retrain people for work in all facets of modern construction, Local 773 is applying for an EPA Brownfields training grant, to help establish a training program on the handling and clean up procedures for hazardous materials. This type of work requires specialized training and frequent recertification, and can prepare workers for high-tech work at places like GlobalFoundries, where Local 773 already has hundreds of employees working. Glens Falls does not currently have a training facility like the one that this project will create, and the center could make the town a major center for worker training.
Also, Schumer noted that the Tech Meadows and its tenants would play a major role in training qualified technicians for General Electric’s ongoing dredging projects in the Hudson River. The Hudson River Dredging Project is one of the largest environmental dredging projects ever undertaken in the United States. The five- to seven-year project will remove approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany, removing approximately 97 percent of the PCBs in the areas that EPA has chosen for dredging. During the first phase of this project, which began in 2009, more than 500 people worked on the job during that time, 24 hours a day, six days a week. In-river activities temporarily ceased in 2010, as GE, EPA and a panel of independent scientists evaluated the first phase of the project. Refinements have been made to the project to improve productivity and efficiency and dredging is scheduled to resume in May. All of the contractors who are working on the site must have up to date certification in the handling of hazardous materials, Local 773’s already provides some of that training, and the center will allow them to grow and expand their training work.
Schumer’s visit today to the Tech Meadows Industrial Park is his most recent effort in support of the training center. In September 2010, Schumer helped secure a $765,336 in federal funding for the development of the Tech Meadows Industrial Park from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The grant was allocated to the Greater Glens Falls Development Corporation and has been used to establish necessary water lines, sewer lines and other pieces of infrastructure for the Park. It is envisioned that Tech Meadows will attract new industries like nano-technology, medical instruments, and advanced materials suppliers to the site. Ultimately, the industrial park is expected to be home to as many as 1,000 employees.