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Pittsfield's Unistress Awarded $70 Million Contract For NY's Tappan Zee Bridge; To Hire 100 Workers

Allison Dunne
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WAMC

A Pittsfield-based company has been awarded a $70 million contract in the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.

The $3.9 billion bridge project is the largest in New York State's history.

Unistress plans to hire more than 100 workers. The concrete-company plans to be in production by July using a $6 million expansion at its Cheshire Road facility. President Perri Petricca says the company has already begun hiring designers and will soon add skilled laborers, heavy equipment operators and truck drivers.  

“It is a large project,” Petricca said. “There are over 6,000 pieces to be constructed on a very fast track. We’ve already begun building out the production capacity. We are going to be holding some job fairs starting June 23rd.”

Petricca says the new bridge will be over a mile long and is expected to be complete in 2018. The contract is the company’s largest in its 46-year history.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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