Workers needed in Pueblo

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Bechtel Corporation is handling the clean-up of the Pueblo Army Depot and preparing to build a new plant off Highway 50 in Pueblo.

While the project has moved through site preparation, road improvements and initial utility work, finding workers to fill an increasing number of open manual and non-manual positions in Pueblo is causing concern.

Bechtel spokesman John Schlater said so far site prep has been done primarily by subcontractors, but future construction work will be accomplished with direct-hire labor.

“We have a project labor agreement with the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council to hire construction workers through them,” Schlater said, adding that the company employs 25 direct-hire construction workers, but expects that number to increase to more than 200 a year from now.

“We’ve experienced problems getting enough construction workers through the union halls and are talking with their representatives about how to meet demand,” he said.

Schlater said Bechtel will also be filling 40 to 50 non-manual positions during the next year or so. Information about non-manual jobs is posted on Bechtel’s Web site.

Bechtel National, Inc. is the prime contractor to the U. S. Department of Defense to design, build, operate, and close a plant to neutralize a stockpile of chemical weapons containing mustard agent stored at the U. S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.