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Jobs, Contracting Opportunities and Economic Issues

1.     Will this project create jobs and contracting opportunities?

Yes. Peak construction employment for the first phase of the project will total approximately 250-300 people working for the Kokosing Design Build Team and its subcontractors. According to an analysis conducted by Regionomics, an economic development firm, there will be about 1,000 jobs created overall during the three-year project. Some of these jobs will be new hires but the majority will provide continuing employment for a diverse workforce at Kokosing Construction Company, one of the largest highway contractors in Ohio, and at least 25 subcontractors, suppliers and/or consultants certified by the Ohio Department of Transportation as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).  The project requires a 12% participation of DBEs, which amounts to more than $24 million in contracts.

2.     How do I apply for a construction job?

Skilled workers for this three-year project will be hired through local union halls where open enrollments are held periodically. The majority of the hiring will be laborers, operators and carpenters. All hiring will be done through local unions halls, since the general contractor, Kokosing, is a union contractor.

Please encourage anyone interested to apply at these unions:


·       Operating Engineers Local 18 – 1184 Dublin Road (487-6531)

·       Laborers’ Local 423 – 620 Alum Creek Drive (252-1093)

·       Carpenters Union Local 200 – 1394 Courtright Road (236-2440)


The following additional local unions will also be used on this project but will provide only a small portion of the project’s employment needs: 

Cement Masons Local 132, Iron Workers Local 172, and Teamster Local 284.  

The advantage of applying at the local union halls is the potential for employment on other construction sites.


All of the above-referenced unions are committed to helping Kokosing meet state and federal minority and female participation goals.  As in any employment, this project is most interested in potential candidates who have specific construction skills and experience. 


Interested individuals may also stop by any Kokosing office or job site to complete an application.  These sites include:

·       I-71/670 Field Office - 1800 E. Fifth Avenue

·       Kokosing Highway Office - 886 McKinley Avenue


3.     How are you getting the word out about these job opportunities?

Kokosing’s Equal Employment Officer is working closely with Nancy Tidwell, a diversity and inclusion consultant who was specifically hired by Kokosing to work on this project. Tidwell has already reached out to many of the local union halls who are committed to working closely with Kokosing. Most of the local union halls are already well aware of this highway project and have told Kokosing and Nancy Tidwell they are eager to find minority and female laborers.  Ms. Tidwell is communicating directly with 15 organizations about this project, working through the local union halls and sharing Kokosing’s contractual commitment for on the job training and minority hiring. Some of those organizations include Near East Area Civic Association, Hard Hatted Women, building and trade organizations and apprentice programs. 

4.     Are there on-the-job training opportunities?

Yes. Kokosing has committed to training 32 individuals at 1,000 hours each under the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program.  The objective of the OJT is to train and upgrade minorities, women and disadvantaged persons toward journey person status.  This program is set up to increase a culturally diverse workforce and retain qualified workers.  It is the policy of the Federal Highway Administration “to require full utilization of all available training and skill improvement opportunities to assure the increased participation of minority groups and disadvantaged persons and women in all phases of the highway construction industry.”  Kokosing has always supported the OJT program through ODOT and has been recognized as a leader in the field.


5.     What are the economic impacts of the project?


According an economic impact analysis conducted by Regionomics in September, 2011, the impacts include:


·       Nearly 1,000 jobs over three years – about 400 in direct construction and engineering jobs, and another 525 in jobs for our suppliers and others who are the beneficiaries of worker spending.


·       The project will pay $161 million in wages over the next three years directly to those working on the project, and indirectly to others because of our need to buy supplies like concrete and asphalt.


·       Local and state governments benefit too. An additional $29 million will be paid to local and state governments in sales, property and income taxes.


·       Business earnings from ODOT spending will jump $110 million over that same three-year period (2011 – 2014).