Rochester, Buffalo building trades reps show support for Plug Power

BRIAN QUINN/DAILY NEWSFrom left, Austin Kuntz, John Nimmo, Frank DiMartino, Carmen Serrett, Jeff Dasnik and Chris Stone of the Buffalo or Rochester Building Trades councils were among those at the STAMP site to welcome the Plug Power project.

ALABAMA — Plug Power Inc. has not yet begun construction of its planned plant at the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) campus in Alabama, but there was a welcoming party at the site this week.

The Buffalo and Rochester Building Trades councils joined together Tuesday morning to welcome Plug Power’s latest manufacturing plant project.

Construction of the $264 million plant is slated to begin Oct. 4. When completed the plant will produce green hydrogen for freight transportation and materials handling equipment. Plug Power will become the first tenant of the STAMP campus, a 1,250-acre business park.

“The building trades, representing 20,000 skilled trades people are looking forward to working with Plug Power on this project, as it will employ many craftspeople. When completed, the company also plans to create 62 full-time jobs with an average salary of $75,000, plus benefits,” said Paul Brown, president of the Buffalo Building Trades Council.

To date, the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommended awarding $1.5 million to support this project. The New York Power Authority has the final say over awarding those funds.

“We’re just showing our support for them. They have to hire people from around the local area,” Brown said.

The building tTrades councils represents 20,000 members in 18 construction unions in the Western New York region including: boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters and piledrivers, cement masons, electricians, elevator constructors, insulators, ironworkers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, plasterers, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers, sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters and Teamsters.

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