The productive transition from our old 417 Pearl Street District II office to our new 612 South Tower office in Centralia reflects a growth trend that is migrating down the Interstate 5 corridor.
While Thurston County continues to enjoy a consistent measure of both public and private projects, it is Lewis County that seems to be gearing up for some 21st Century growth. The citizens of Centralia passed a $70 million plus school bond, 612 Contractor Sterling Breen is providing the ground work for a W F West High School project in Chehalis, and there is $10.5 million in active public projects.
While these are not Pierce County numbers, they suggest a development trend consistent with the Lewis County Economic Development Councils predictions. Private projects are becoming more prevalent and Local 612 is pleased to have collaborated with one of our Contractors through Market Recovery to secure some of that work. The potential for expansion along the Lewis County Interstate 5 Corridor is encouraging and could produce significant public and private project opportunities.
Both Lewis and Pacific Counties provide Local 612 members with unique employment opportunities, but it is Thurston County that continues to represent significant growth south of the Nisqually River. Local 612 can expect the majority of its 2017 District II work call outs to be in Thurston County, which will lend to continued expansion down the Interstate 5 corridor into Lewis County. This is happening: Puget Sound home values are increasing, local economies are improving, and people are moving to Washington State. All this translates into better schools, infrastructure improvements, and new home construction; all of which and then some are opportunities Local 612 will exploit.
As previously stated, Local 612 has a new District II office. Unlike our Tacoma office, District II is not staffed Monday thru Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 hours. Should any member require assistance, I can be reached at (360) 481-1216 to schedule time to meet at our hall, your jobsite or any reasonable location.
Communication with Local 612 Representation is very important and should start with insuring that your existence as an Operating Engineer is accurately reflected in the Local 612 Data Base. Failure to do this has and will continue to impact our member’s visibility for call out. Call our Local 612 Dispatch (253) 572-9612 to verify your status.
Pending weather; there is a feeling of optimism relating to a 2017 work season that should provide the prepared Local 612 member with an opportunity to demonstrate the highly skilled character of our organization. With that said, please be safe and God Bless America.
Gregory A. McClure
IUOE Local 612