Wednesday, February 3, 2010

OMHS construction to bring 700-1,200 local jobs


OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The construction firm for the new Owensboro Medical Health System facility met with local contractors and vendors to find potential workers.
Some are looking at this project to revive the local economy.
"It's a good opportunity for us to get some work," Mike Koger with Consolidated Mechanical said.  "We need the jobs and it's going to be good for the community."
Koger said his business once employed 300 people but that number is down to 25.
If chosen to work on the new hospital, he said it could add 50 jobs to his company alone.
"We need more jobs," he said.  "We need to keep the jobs we have here presently. Everybody is fighting for jobs right now in all the cities and opportunity that makes its way to Owensboro we like to grab a hold of it and move forward."
Turner Construction won the bid to build the new hospital and met with local employers Tuesday.
The Nashville-based company said it will only bring about 20 management workers to Owensboro. 
The rest of the jobs will be hired locally.
"It just makes sense from a cost perspective," Merrill Bowers with Turner Construction said. "If the labor is here why don't we use the labor here?"
Turner Construction said it will contract between 700 and 1,200 local workers on site.
"There's probably more trades involved in a health care project than in any other type of project in the respect that if we were comparing it to an office building or a retail center," Bowers said.  "We really have the entire gambit of the industry that will be required."