Business / Economic Development

Construction Trades Training Center to Open in Bellwood this October

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The future site of a new training center for apprentices of the Cement Masons Local 502 and the Plasterers Local 5, which is scheduled to for completion in October. | Michael Romain/VFP 

Bellwood Training Center_3Tuesday, May 30, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

A new training center for apprentices of the Cement Masons Local 502 and the Plasterers Local 5 is going up at the corner of 25th Ave. and Madison St. in Bellwood. The 20,000-sq. ft. facility is scheduled to be complete by October, according to a report published last month in the Construction Industry Service Corporation‘s newsletter.

“We are very excited about moving into this new facility,” Pat LaCassa, the president of Local 502, told CISCO. “We need to continue to attract young men and women into these trades and having state of the art classrooms and dedicated areas for instruction of the craft is vital.”

Larry Picardi, Local 502’s secretary-treasurer said that the local has never had its own training center. The new facility, which is going up next door to the Cement Masons Union Hall, will provide union members with a campus-like environment, Picardi told CISCO.

The union has been utilizing training facilities in Alsip for the past two years, he said.

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An architectural rendering of the new facility. | Forza Design

Groundbreaking

“The new Apprenticeship Training Center will also contain 10,000 sf of space dedicated to the instruction of pouring, finishing and removing concrete, as well as areas where work on floors, curbs, stairs and other aspects of the trade will occur.” CISCO reported.

“On the Plasterers side, additional space will be constructed where apprentices will be instructed on the latest techniques; with an emphasis on critical life-safety applications, and current fire-proofing methods.”

According to the CISCO report, 93 cement masons and 18 plasterers are currently enrolled in the apprenticeship program.

Read the full CISCO article hereVFP

Photo above right: From left: Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey; Pat LaCassa, President and Business Manager of Cement Masons Local 502; Former Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale; Larry Picardi, Secretary-Treasurer of Cement Masons Local 502; Tom Abruzzo, Vice President of Forza Construction; and Anthony Abruzzo, President of Forza Design & Consulting Inc.

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