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Valley economy getting boost from major infrastructure projects

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As the construction season shifts into high gear, the local economy is getting a boost from major infrastructure projects.

It comes at a time when the skilled trades and craft unions said they need to expand their memberships.

Contractors are moving a lot of dirt and building trades are hard at work on some high-dollar infrastructure projects.

"Recently with the Mosquito Creek project and Youngstown Waste Water Treatment plants these are thirty to forty million dollar projects,"  said Tony Ditomasso with the Western Reserve Building Trades Council.

These projects need every aspect of construction skills. 

"The whole array of trades that are going to needed down there, you're looking at carpenters, electricians, HVAC,  crane operators, heavy equipment operators," said Gary Newbrough, Deputy Sanitary Engineer for Trumbull county.

Other projects, like the Youngstown Amphitheater and student housing at YSU, are also generating jobs and income, with the skilled trades saying they need more workers.

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"Most of the crafts have not just been looking for the high school kids starting an apprentice program, but we've been actively trying to find those displaced workers as well as some people who want to make changes in their career," said Ditomasso. 

He said the trades programs can be a first step on a career path. 

"Many start out as apprenticeships and get to the journeyman level and some become foreman or move into the office and become estimators for our contractors," said Ditomasso. 

Another $15-$20 million project is in the design stages in Brookfield.

"We're in the design phase of that project currently, we're hoping to start construction some time next year," said Scott Verner, Chief Design Engineer for the Trumbull County Sanitary District. 

The goal is to keep the jobs and the money being spent in the local economy.  
 

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