|The 45,000 square foot facility underwent a significant renovation to improve operations and to meet the training needs of the industry.|
Published On: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Authored by: James Hayes, New York State Training Director
On September 18th, union members, instructors, contractors, elected officials, community leaders and industry vendors gathered for an Open House at the Long Island Training Center in Hauppauge, New York.
The 45,000 square foot facility underwent a significant renovation to improve operations and to meet the training needs of the industry. It features more than 30,000 square feet of shop and classroom space and includes all the modern amenities necessary to train the future of union carpentry.
Tours of the redesigned facility were provided featuring representatives from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the Northeast Carpenters Apprentice Training and Educational Fund and Local 290. With apprentices at work in their classrooms, guests received an insight into the first-class training provided and experienced visual testaments to the skill sets and knowledge demonstrated by the Local 290 Brothers and Sisters.
This facility will serve hundreds of apprentices and journey-level carpenters in the area, who will take advantage of maintaining or expanding their skills throughout their careers, at no additional cost. Upgrade training is available to each member, which ensures their skills are kept sharp and in turn, they become more valuable to employers.
The Long Island Training Center renovation is part of a state-wide effort by the union to continue improving training programs and facilities. The Long Island based facility is the fourth of seven training centers in New York State to be recently built, renovated or expanded.
“This Hauppauge facility is part of an ongoing effort for the Carpenters union,” Hayes said. “We opened 45,000 square feet of new space in Rochester, a brand new 75,000 square foot facility in Albany and we’ll be completing 17,000 square feet in Syracuse before the end of the year. There’s no other organization doing more to meet the demands of carpenters and the industry than the Carpenters union.” Hayes added.
In addition to the training center, the building includes offices for Carpenters Local 290 and for the union’s benefit funds.