Carpenters Ribbon Cutting in Puerto Rico a Success
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC), which jointly represent over 500,000 carpenters and joiners across the hemisphere, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Puerto Rico leaders for a new state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot Training Center in Carolina, Puerto Rico. This facility, the first of its kind on the island, will house the Councils’ Puerto Rico headquarters and the Apprenticeship School Program, which is being expanded and made available to the community.
The ribbon cutting was attended by local leaders including Alex Amparo (FEMA’s Coordinating Officer in Puerto Rico), Alex Joel Torres Guzmán (Auxiliary Secretary of the Puerto Rico Corrections and Rehabilitation Department), representatives of the Town of Carolina, and from the mainland including Former UBC General Secretary-Treasurer Michael Capelli, UBC Eastern District Vice President William Waterkotte, EASRCC Executive Secretary- Treasurer William C. Sproule, and President of Heart 9/11 Bill Keegan.
The UBC and EASRCC provide essential training, development, and resources for the current and next generation of skilled construction professionals. Together they have been conducting community and humanitarian work in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island in 2017. In partnership with not-for-profit organization HEART 9/11, they have assisted in the rebuilding of homes and vital community infrastructure while also providing training and support for local rebuilding, clean-up and construction brigades on the ground.