New York and New Jersey Union Carpenters and Contractors Announce New Joint Venture

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Empire State Carpenters Labor Management Funds Partners with New Jersey Carpenter Contractor Trust

The Empire State Carpenters Labor Management Funds and the New Jersey Carpenter Contractor Trust ( have announced that they have entered into an agreement that will utilize shared resources for the marketing and promotion of Union Carpenters and Contractors. They will operate under a new name, The Carpenter Contractor Trust of New York and New Jersey: The Construction Network.

The Empire State Carpenters Labor Management Funds is dedicated to promoting the union carpenter cause in New York State. The New Jersey Carpenter Contractor Trust is a nonprofit Labor Management Cooperative charged with the responsibility of marketing and promoting Union Carpenters and Contractors.

The agreement stipulates that the union contractor associations that participate with The Empire State Carpenters Labor Management Funds will utilize the marketing services of the NJCCT in a coordinated effort to promote the value of Union Carpenters and Contractors on all development projects throughout New York State and Long Island.

“This effort enhances our capabilities of identifying new opportunities for market growth throughout our region for our members who work and live in New York,” says Todd G. Helfrich, managing director, Eastern Contractors Association (ECA). ECA is a trade association of signatory general contractors and subcontractors, as well as suppliers and service firms engaged in commercial, industrial and institutional construction throughout eastern New York.

This partnership acknowledges the combined vast resources of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ (NRCC) 30,000 members and its 792 participating Contractor partners. The NRCC is the skilled trade organization representing carpenters of New Jersey and New York State.

In addition to a new name, the joint venture has unveiled a new website ( and logo, reflective of this new effort.

A catalyst for this agreement is the recognition of changing conditions in the construction industry.

“Our organization, in concert with our union contractors, has already begun the process of creating a new business model that is more reflective of the current market within the industry and brings added value to any project, private or public,” said Michael Capelli, EST, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. “Simply stated, we are a business partner for any end user seeking to pursue responsible development. This agreement allows us to spread the word to developers and builders throughout the region in a coordinated effort.”

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