On a recent day, two men, Joseph Reyes and Zachary Kidman, were working their very first hours on the job as apprentices with IBEW Local 11.
Starting a new job with good pay and a good future in the center of one of the world’s biggest ports—it’s a “first day” they will remember.
The project represents one of the largest construction efforts in the port’s decade-long $4 billion capital investment program that began in 2010. By the time the project reaches completion, the consolidated area will become a 304-acre container terminal, including 55 acres of newly created land, making it one of the larger seaport facilities on the West Coast.
"The Middle Harbor project is one of the oldest container terminals within the Long Beach harbor, and they’ve decided to make that their mega-terminal,” Mike Gasper, a project superintendent with subcontractor Dynalectric, an IBEW 11 signatory, explained. “They’ve moved all their tenants around and created room for all this construction to take place. They’re putting in a new wharf that’s probably going to be in the neighborhood of 4,000 feet long when it’s all said and done. They’re filling in a new slip in there to create more land for an intermodal rail yard.”December 11, 2013