Union To Bring 300 Jobs To Hanover Campus

April 23, 2009|By Andrea K. Walker | Andrea K. Walker,andrea.walker@baltsun.com

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is relocating its international headquarters to Hanover in Anne Arundel County and bringing with it nearly 300 jobs, union officials said Wednesday.

The union will build a 60,000-square-foot headquarters building on an 11-acre site where it opened a training campus in 2006. It will also construct a 36-unit residence hall where instructors for its training programs can stay while in town.

About 175 employees will move from the union's current headquarters near the White House in Washington. An additional 119 construction-related jobs will be created because of the move, said Gavin McDonald, the union's communications director.

McDonald said the union, which represents more than 140,000 workers, was looking for a headquarters that was more accessible for its members and more economical to operate.

Operating in Washington had become difficult since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he said. The group sold its interest in its Washington building to pay for a new headquarters.

"We wanted to balance servicing our members with effectively carrying out the goals of the union," McDonald said.

The union was founded in Baltimore by a small group of tradesmen more than 120 years ago, but it had been based in Washington since the 1960s.

Construction on the new headquarters is expected to begin in July and should be completed by the fall of 2010, McDonald said.

The state is providing the union with a $250,000 conditional loan to assist with construction costs. The Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation has offered a $25,000 Workforce Training Agreement for employee training and skills upgrade.

The county agency is also assisting with permitting and regulatory assistance.

Robert L. Hannon, president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., said the move is "a good fiscal boost to the county" in tough economic times.

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