BUFFALO, NY - On this Labor Day weekend an estimated 12,000 construction workers are employed at building sites around Buffalo.
As you have probably noticed, construction cranes have popped up all over the skyline. That means all those people in hard hats and work boots are putting in the time to build new structures -- from the medical campus, to Harborcenter, to the new Delaware North building, among other projects.
Labor officials say many of those workers make between $40 and $50 an hour. While some are from out of town, many of the workers are local and spend their money here.
"These guys, they buy their groceries here, they buy their cars here -- this is what they do," said Paul Brown, president of the Buffalo Building Trades Council. "And it's not like before when people just come in here from New Jersey, Alabama and take the money and run. They spend it here, it gets flopped over several times. So, doing a hundred-million-dollar job, it's probably in reality about 400 million bucks added to the economy just because this is where they spend their money."
Brown says there are even more projects in the pipeline -- with the Riverbend factory sites and a new Women and Children's Hospital coming up --- so he expects good years for construction crews well into the future.