posted on April 13, 2012 17:58
Most of the construction workers building the new yogurt manufacturing plant in the Town of Batavia called, “Project Wave,” could be from out of town.
Friday morning, Local construction trade groups protested the use of out of town labor at the site in the Genesee county Agri-business park.
President of the Rochester Building Trades Council David Young led the protest
"Genesee County Economic Development Coorporation provided over $11-million in tax grants and tax relief to this wave projec and most of the people on this project are from out of state and or from out of country," said Young.
Project Wave is headed by Pepsi Cola and a German dairy manufacturer, that were lured to the area due to millions in tax breaks by the Genesee County Economic Development Center.
Haskell Construction in Jacksonville Florida is the prime contractor for the project. Their spokesman David Balz said they do plan to subcontract many local and regional contractors.
"So far we have secured Zolads Construction in Alden to work on the project," said Balz
Balz said everyone benefits when they hire suppliers and contractors in state. He said they will only hire the best for the project.
"A premature judgment was made about who they hire by looking at the license plates on a job site," said Balz.