New construction jobs come to Sparrows Point
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:06

SKW planning 2-1/2 year-long tunnel project

by Nicole Rodman

    Construction company SKW Constructors announced last Thursday their intent to hire up to 100 workers for a two-and-a-half year project at the Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial Park.
    With news moving quickly, an information session for interested potential workers has already filled to capacity.
    SKW is a joint venture of three separate construction companies — Skanska, Kiewit and Weeks.
    While this is the first SKW contract at Sparrows Point, the company has previously worked on contracts with 57 other Baltimore area companies.
    Under the Sparrows Point contract, workers will build large reinforced concrete tubes and fans for a new tunnel to be constructed in Hampton Roads, Va.
    The company will hire workers and subcontractors to complete the project.
    According to a press release issued last week, SKW needs workers such as carpenters, concrete finishers, mechanics, structural and reinforcing iron workers, surveyors, truck drivers and laborers.
    As SKW spokesperson Jessica Murray explained to The Eagle last week, the jobs are open to anyone with the necessary skills. Some training will be provided on the job.
  

As Murray noted, SKW chose Sparrows Point because “the space was ideal for what we needed to do.”
    In a press release, Skanska vice president Sal Taddeo expanded on this idea.
    “Sparrows Point is an ideal location for the manufacturing of materials for our Elizabeth River Tunnels project. We are looking forward to becoming part of a community with great talent and heart,” Taddeo stated.
    For local officials, the new contract is welcome news in the wake of the closure of the Sparrows Point steel mill.
    “This project is a huge boost in our efforts to bring new businesses and new jobs back to Sparrows Point,” Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz explained in the press release, adding, “SKW has found a perfect location for heavy industrial construction, and the timing couldn’t be better for former steelworkers looking for new jobs that match their skills.”
    County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. echoed these sentiments.
    “We are thrilled SKW is bringing jobs back to the Point,” Olszewski stated in the release. “We will continue to work with the company to be sure our local workers and contractors benefit from this opportunity.”
    For workers and subcontractors interested in jobs with SKW, an information session will be held at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 a.m.
    At the session, those seeking jobs will be given information on available jobs, training opportunities and the application process.
    Subcontractors will learn more about contracting opportunities and necessary criteria.
    No interviews will be conducted nor will resumes be accepted at the Feb. 28 session.
    Space is limited; those interested must register in advance.
    While job seekers were encouraged to register at http://skwjobs.eventbrite.com, the website shows that all of the spaces for prospective workers have been filled.
    Subcontractors can register for the event at http://skwcontractors.eventbrite.com. As of press time, there were still 17 subcontractor slots remaining.