Curtis Lumber and construction companies champion the trades
More than 250 tool bags were presented to students entering careers in the skilled trades.
Skilled trade students display their tool bags received from Curtis Lumber and regional construction companies.
Curtis Lumber recently partnered with regional construction companies to assist graduating seniors at WSWHE BOCES and Questar III BOCES in Career and Tech Ed programs.
Curtis Lumber spearheaded an effort to provide more than 250 tool bags filled with some starter items in support of graduating seniors at WSWHE BOCES and Questar III BOCES.
The students are entering the workforce in the areas of construction, heavy equipment, HVAC and welding.
Participating companies include Belmonte Builders, Bennett Contracting, Callanan Industries, DeGraff Bloom Customer Builders, DA Collins, Hoosick Valley Contractors, Malta Development, Munter Enterprises, North Atlantic State Regional Council of Carpenters, Otterbeck Builders, Teakwood Builders, Trojanski Builders, Turner Construction, Weyerhaeuser, and Witt Construction.
The trades are in desperate need of labor,” said Doug Ford, vice president at Curtis Lumber. “We wanted to do something to show our support and appreciation for students embarking on a career in the trades.”
The multi-company partnership is a continuation of a workforce development task force initiated by the Saratoga Builders Association in New York state.
The group has grown in breadth and depth and now includes over 50 companies around the state.
Established in 1890 and based in Ballston Spa, N.Y., Curtis Lumber Company is an independent, family-owned business that serves Eastern, Central, and Northern New York along with Vermont.
The dealer operates 23 locations that are full-service home centers and building supply yards.
The company said its fleet of 100 trucks delivers lumber and building materials from Pennsylvania to the Canadian border.