In a statement issued Tues. Aug. 9, 2020, ACT Ohio Executive Director Matt Szollosi commended the historic law and praised bipartisan support for the CHIPS Act from Ohio’s elected leaders in Congress
COLUMBUS, OH – President Biden’s signing into law of the CHIPS and Science Act means tens of thousands of Ohio construction jobs will be created during multiple phases of Intel’s Semiconductor Chip Manufacturing plants. Expedient permitting practices and a skilled Ohio Building Trades Workforce will keep the development on-track to begin semiconductor manufacturing in 2025.
“When Ohio Building Tradespeople are working, Ohio’s economy is working. We appreciate the strong bi-partisan support for what will be construction of the largest industrial / manufacturing complex in the history of the State of Ohio. This shows that our elected representatives in Washington can still put politics aside in the best interests of Ohio’s working families,” said Matthew Szollosi, Executive Director for ACT Ohio, which represents nearly 100,000 union construction tradespeople across the state.
ACT Ohio is working with the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, along with local affiliates of international construction unions across Ohio and contiguous states, to deliver the specialized workforce required to construct and maintain Intel’s state-of-the-art sustainable manufacturing facilities.
“A generation of Building Trades apprentices and pre-apprentices in Building Futures will begin – and retire from—careers building and maintaining Intel in Ohio,” said Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council. “We want every Ohioan to know that real careers are within reach through Building Trades Apprenticeships. These programs provide workers with the applied-STEM training needed to build advanced manufacturing facilities like Intel.”
Building Futures and Driving Futures, apprenticeship-readiness programs, prepare Central Ohioans who have faced barriers to education or employment to begin their careers in paid, tuition-free union construction apprenticeships.
Ohio Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members who transitioned to Building Trades careers through Helmets to Hardhats and Veterans in Piping programs will have the opportunity to put their advanced training and experience to work on the Intel project as well.
Ohioans interested in Building Trades Apprenticeships can request more information at https://www.actohio.org/apprenticeship/.
ACT Ohio (Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio Foundation) is a 501(c)(5) organization created by the Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council to encourage economic and industrial development opportunities, and to facilitate industry best practices for the state’s public and private construction. Our 137 local affiliates, along with 14 regional councils, represent approximately 95,000 highly skilled, highly trained Building and Construction Trades workers across Ohio. In addition, our members invest over $50 million annually to operate 80 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee schools, which provide all Ohioans with access to tuition-free, paid apprenticeship training in 12 distinct Building and Construction Trades.