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Triple play: Mark Longo on why building owners and developers benefit from ELEC

Triple Play is a weekly NJBIZ feature that asks top executives in New Jersey to talk about three things related to their industry.

Mark Longo is the director of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC), a labor-management trust that brings Local 825 Operating Engineers together with participating employers to secure building projects and create jobs.

We asked Mark for three reasons building owners and developers benefit from ELEC?

Developers realize real savings on construction projects by using union contractors because of the higher level of productivity and efficiency resulting from their superior training facilities, experience and job safety measures.

Collaboration between Local 825 Operating Engineers and union contractors ensures a focus on best practices and best outcomes. The goals of each group are made more attainable when they are "Building on Common Ground."

To avoid costly delays, developers want engineers who are fully licensed and credentialed so they are "ready to work, day one." ELEC provides incentives to Local 825 members to maintain costly professional licenses and security clearances, such as TWIC, SWAC, the Delaware Valley Safety Card and other heavy equipment licenses and certifications.

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