Jobs, Contracting Opportunities and Economic Issues
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
· 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
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
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.
· Kokosing Highway
Office - 886 McKinley Avenue
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.
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.
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
· 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).