The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a year-end networking events to cap off what turned out to be a busier than expected year.
The event, which was held on Dec. 12 at the Pipefitters Local 120 Union Hall, helped spread a bit of holiday cheer. Cleveland Building Trades Council Executive Board members, affiliated Local Business Managers, along with contractors, vendors, developers and assorted politicians gathered to discuss the outgoing year’s busy construction season, what they expect in 2019 and even some holiday plans.
For those in the room, 2018 was a construction season to remember.
“It was a better year than what we had hoped for,” said Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council. “Work hours were up in every Local Union.”
In addition to looking back, attendees also talked about 2019, which is forecasted to be another robust construction season.
“The outlook for 2019 looks nearly as strong as it was in 2018,” Wondolowski said, adding five projects will begin next year using PLAs, with more expected.
Other discussions included the need to attract apprentices, various efforts to organize non-union construction workers and contractors in order to grow market share and political talk, including speculation on what to expect from the next governor.