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ACT Ohio-Watchdog For The Construction Industry in OhioACT Ohio advocates for quality, safe construction by qualified contractors and skilled craftsmen, as well as level competition to ensure the state’s tax dollars are spent properly. ACT Ohio strives to educate and inform the public on the importance of fair wages, workforce training, industry regulations, safety standards and green construction practices.

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Power plant project starts under PLA in Northwest Ohio

The Oregon Clean Energy Project has broken ground on the construction of a new 800-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Oregon, Ohio. While the official groundbreaking ceremony won’t be until next month, preliminary construction is being done on the 30-acre site. The natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating facility will utilize high efficiency combustion turbines with heat recovery steam generators and a single steam turbine.

The project expects to employ around 500 local labor workers, under a Project Labor Agreement. The Project Labor Agreement sets standards for terms of employment and ultimately enables labor stability for a mutually beneficial outcome.

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Szollosi in Statehouse for start of 131st General Assembly

The start of a New Year brought new opportunities for Ohio’s labor trades. On Jan. 5, the 131st Ohio General Assembly started a new session, and ACT Ohio Executive Director Matt Szollosi was on hand, networking and re-connecting with legislators.

Szollosi served four terms in the Ohio House, first elected in 2006. Since joining ACT Ohio in 2013, he has worked to maintain connections with Ohio legislators, while also forging new relationships with recently elected officials.

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Hilton hotel changing Downtown Cleveland’s skyline

The Cleveland skyline has a new feature now that the construction of the new $272 million Hilton Hotel – set to open in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention - is taking shape.

The entire construction of the new 32-story hotel is expected to create 2,800 construction jobs including at least 40% Cuyahoga County residency and 20% city of Cleveland residency. Many local labor unions are working on the construction, including the Iron Workers Local 17, who recently completed a phase consisting of about 1,320 tons of structural steel for the podium. The four-story podium will be the bedrock to the 28-story tower housing 600 guest rooms.

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