Paris, WI – Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 113 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 127 are proud to announce their partnership with Blattner Energy of Avon, Minnesota with the official signing of a Project Labor Agreement for the 200+ megawatt (MW) Paris Solar Farm located in the Town of Paris in Kenosha County. The Paris Solar Farm is a development by Chicago-based power generation company Invenergy. Once completed, the Paris Solar Farm will be owned by Madison Gas and Electric and WEC Energy Group, the parent company of WE Energies.
“We thank Blattner Energy for entering into a partnership with LIUNA Local 113 and IBEW Local 127,” said Tony Neira, Business Manager of LIUNA Local 113. “This project is not just a win for our two unions and our partner Blattner Energy, but it is an economic win for the State of Wisconsin by creating local jobs and providing renewable energy for homeowners and businesses. We thank Blattner Energy’s commitment to hiring local union workers, where our members will be spending 95% of their earnings locally with family-supporting wages and great benefits that will be reinvested in the community.”
“This Project Labor Agreement has been months in the making, and our two unions are looking forward to our partnership with Blattner Energy on this project, and hopefully for future projects,” concluded Mr. Neira.
“This project will employ existing journey workers and will provide an opportunity for new apprentices for our two respective unions,” said Sean Frank, Business Manager of IBEW Local 127. “This 200+ MW system will generate enough electricity to power 60,000 homes annually. The project will create 300 construction jobs, and our members are excited to get to work.”
For more information on the Paris Solar Farm project, please visit parissolar.invenergy.com/.
LIUNA Local 113 represents over 2,500 union construction craft laborers throughout Southeast Wisconsin. The Laborers are the most diverse trade in the construction industry servicing employers in energy infrastructure, transportation, building, sewer and water, utility distribution, demolition, asbestos removal, and related sectors.
IBEW Local 127 represents 200 union electricians, installers, technicians, and apprentices in Southeastern Wisconsin. All members of IBEW Local 127 are well-trained to have a workplace environment that ensures fairness, security, safe working conditions, and an ever-improving standard of living.