LIMA — Snowflakes were falling in Lima’s Town Square Friday morning, but that did not dissuade two proud union representatives from braving the elements to hold a banner proclaiming their appreciation for the role local union trades are playing in the construction of a downtown endeavor.
“Thank you Rhodes State College,” read the banner held by Michael Schulte and Thomas Wietrzykowsi, representatives of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.
Schulte, a member of Lima Local 312 of the carpenters’ union, said the sign was simply to “thank Rhodes State for using local standard area contractors” in the construction of the college’s Borra Center for Health Sciences on the downtown square.
Wietrzykowsi is a representative from the Toledo carpenters local.
Spieker Co. of Toledo is the general contractor for the $20.2 million Rhodes State project. Shultz said union workers who are taking part in the construction of the new facility are employed by “local standard contractors who pay taxes to support the local community.”
The 50,000-square-foot facility will house five of the college’s programs: nursing, respiratory care, EMS, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant.
Schulte said work at the site is ahead of schedule, with a target completion date of early June.
The facility is named after Pier C. Borra and Renee A. Borra who started Arbor Health Care, a nursing home company and CORA Health Service, a rehabilitation business.