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buildings and incredible amounts of mainte-
nance requirements. Where the amount of
growth is somewhat of a pleasant surprise would
have to be Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Newfoundland was always considered
a have-not province, which is unfortunate”
Mancinelli mentions. “But recently, because of
oil, exploration, refineries and mineral explora-
tion they have exploded. We went from having a
small Local of 600 members to 3,000 members.”
Energy is also proving to be a game-changer,
especially in Labrador. Newfoundland and
Labrador’s energy exports include crude oil,
refined petroleum products and electricity and
accounts for a significant portion of the prov-
ince’s annual gross domestic product.
“There is a huge energy project underway
right now that is being built by a company called
Astaldi,” Mancinelli says. “They got the contract
under a competitive bid process and that project
is $8 billion. They are building a dam way up in
Labrador. We have hundreds and hundreds of
members working on that one project.”
Severe winters that are known to plague the
Maritimes and because of that reason the proj-
ect is being completely covered over in what
Joseph S. Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager, Central & Eastern Canada,
seen here sitting behind his desk at his Hamilton office.
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