Cumberland Times-News

Homepage

March 27, 2011

NBCI, WCI projects nearly done

Majority of employees doing construction at prisons considered local workers.

CRESAPTOWN — Construction projects that created 180 jobs at North Branch Correctional Institution and the neighboring Western Correctional Institution on U.S. Route 220 are nearing completion, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

At NBCI, construction of a Maryland Correctional Enterprises upholstery shop that will provide about 100 jobs for inmates began in March 2010. MCE is reportedly one of the top 10 prison industries in the nation. It employs about 2,000 inmates and had sales of more than $50 million last fiscal year.

The $4.4 million construction project created 85 jobs with an average of 23 workers on-site every day of the project.

“About 60 percent of the workers are considered local. While the general contractor is headquartered in Pittsburgh, 10 of the 14 subcontractors are Maryland-based companies,” said DPSCS spokeswoman Erin Julius.

At WCI, construction of a vocational education addition onto the education building is under way at a cost of $6.78 million.

The building project created 95 jobs with an average of 19 workers on-site daily.

The building was included in the original design for the prison and will contain four shops. The kinds of shops that will operate in the new building have not yet been determined.

“About 70 percent of the workers on this project are considered local. The general contractor is headquartered out of Columbia, Md., and 17 of the 23 subcontractors are Maryland-based companies,” said Julius.

Division of Correction Commissioner J. Michael Stouffer said the “projects help fulfill two elements of our mission.”

“They contribute to public safety because, after their release, the inmates who learned and worked in these shops will have skills. They can become productive citizens. They keep inmates busy. Idleness is a threat to security,” said the commissioner.

As of Wednesday, there were 1,700 inmates at WCI and 1,449 at NBCI, according to Julius.

The construction project at NBCI is scheduled for completion in the middle of July while the building at WCI is expected to be completed in early September.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Times News Video
News
 Easter grass

Kamryn Rice, 7, of Flintstone, finds and bags a plastic egg during Cumberland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon at Constitution Park. Hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with students from Frostburg State University’s Recreation and Parks Management program and the 4-H Youth of Allegany County, the afternoon also included games, relay races, face painting, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo sponsored by the 4-H Hare Raiser Club, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny. The eggs contained candy and other treats.

Sports
Allegany College of Maryland's David Ormsby

Allegany College of Maryland's David Ormsby winds up to pitch during the first of two games against Harford Saturday afternoon at The Rock. The Trojans swept Harford by the same 7-5 score.

Sports Poll
Opinion
What do you think?
Columns
Latest
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday