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Snow job by Kal-Vin at Stowe? Posted by on

Kal-Vin Construction Management has run into more bad publicity, this time in Vermont, where they have been hired to perform work at Stowe Mountain Resort??s Spruce Peak project. The Stowe Reporter ran a story on Thursday after NERCC organizers and members were handing out leaflets questioning the use of Kal-Vin at the resort by the general contractor, Pizzigalli Construction. (Stowe Reporter requires free registration)

The leaflet brought to light the fact that Stowe Mountain Resort is owned by AIG, the now-infamous financial services company which was given direct payments or credit lines of more than $150 billion. Interesting that AIG continued to pay out a similar amount in retention payments and bonuses to employees and then a company notorious for cutting corners on carpenters by skirting tax and insurance laws does work for them.

The company, which operates under the names Kal-Vin, GNPB and Northrock, has apparently changed strategies and is now using more of a ??no comment?? strategy when dealing with unpleasant media inquiries. They refused to comment for the Stow Reporter story.

Just two weeks ago, when a story was being reported about their use of subcontractors who misclassify workers, a spokesperson would not deny the allegation, saying only they ??couldn??t speak on that.??

Also last month, one of their subcontractors working on a Hyatt Place in Montville, Connecticut??Matrix Interior Construction??was issued a Stop Work order for violations of workers compensation and independent contractor laws. An owner of that company has also been involved in a major drug case, after he sold oxycontin to undercover law enforcement agents.





2009 Apprenticeship Contest/Expo Winners Posted by on

On October 1-3, 2009 the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, MA hosted the annual Apprenticeship Contest and Exposition.

Fourth year apprentices from local unions throughout New England competed in five categories, General Carpentry, Interior Systems, Interior Finish, Concrete Forms, and Floor Covering. Demonstrations were put on by Pile Drivers Local 56 and Carpenters Local 94.

Thirty-six high schools attended the Expo on Friday. It is estimated that nearly 1,000 students, instructors and advisors toured the facilities. NERCC staff gave the students guided tours of the facilities at the training center while the contest participants were working on their projects. Upon completion of their tours, each student had lunch courtesy of the Training Center.

Visitors were able to stop by various informational booths including those put on by the Carpenters Health Benefits Fund, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, First Trade Union Bank, the Sisters in the Brotherhood, and the Carpenters Assistance Program.

Thanks to the Local Unions and contractors who supported the contest.

The winners were as follows:

General Carpentry
1st ?C Matthew Malinn ?C Local 40
2nd ?C Matthew Calistro ?C Local 107
3rd ?C David Kulikowski ?C Local 67

Interior Systems
1st ?C Jack Day ?C Local 33
2nd ?C Christopher Gallo ?C Local 24
3rd ?C Joshua Gerrish ?C Local 475

Interior Finish
1st Justin Germond ?C Local 43
2nd Robert Keaney ?C Local 33
3rd ?C Andrew Croteau ?C Local 26

Concrete Forms
1st ?C James Karpicky ?C Local 210
2nd ?C Jonathan Thibault ?C Local 107
3rd ?C Brian Rogers ?C Local 275

Floor Coverers
1st ?C James Navarro ?C Local 2168
2nd ?C Rigoberto Henriquez ?C Local 2168
3rd ?C Angel Ramos ?C Local 43

Al Halpern Award ?C James Navarro ?C Local 2168


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