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Feds send grant money for Wood Structures workers Posted by on

A rare bit of good news has come in for former employees of Wood Structures in Saco, Maine. US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced today that the Department of Labor is providing a grant of more than $600,000 for displacement services.

The State of Maine will administer the grant, which may provide "individual career counseling, skills assessment, and basic and occupational skills training," according to the DOL press release.

Bob Burleigh, an Industrial Representative serving Northern New England for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters said: "After two months of nothing but bad news, it is great to have something positive to tell the members affected by the plant shutdown and the bankruptcy. This grant will help these laid off workers get the training and other help that they may need to get back on their feet."

Wood Structures, a 40-year old company who's trusses and raw lumber have been used throughout New England and New York struggled with the collapse of the housing market. They attempted to reorganize their debt through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, but were forced to lay off the final 50 or so union carpenters in mid-March. They are likely looking at Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which involves liquidation of the company's assets.

Water Tanks Installed, Mockups Fabricated Posted by on

This week, five storm water septor tanks were installed on site. The tanks will collect drainage from the roof and parking deck so the run off doesn't super charge the water system in the street and cause flooding. These tanks, by design, will slowly disperse water bank into the soil.

Form work for stairwell at the North end of the building continued. The hole seen here is from the original structure and will be filled in with concrete. The carpenter seen here is working on the forms.

12x16 Mockup panels were fabricated and are on display for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to display samples of the Alucabond Panels that will cover the exterior of the building as well as the windows. The mock ups will give the BRA an idea of the look and color of the completed building. They will be stay on site for the duration of the project.

A view from Dorchester Ave.