Carpenters & Millwrights to Consolidate Regional Operations in Detroit, Build $30M Training Facility

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, the state’s largest skilled trades union, says it will build a new training center on Detroit’s west side and consolidate all of its administrative and training operations – currently spread across locations in Warren, Ferndale, Livonia, and the Renaissance Center – under that new roof.
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The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights plans to build a new training center on Detroit’s west side. // Image courtesy of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, the state’s largest skilled trades union, says it will build a new training center on Detroit’s west side and consolidate all of its administrative and training operations – currently spread across locations in Warren, Ferndale, Livonia, and the Renaissance Center – under that new roof.

The $30-million, 120,000-square-foot raining center will be built on seven acres of vacant city-owned land in the Oakman Boulevard area on the site of the former Tappan School.

When completed, the new facility will have classrooms and training areas for hands-on experience and real-world simulations, using methods and tools that include some of the most advanced in the construction industry. The new center also will include space to host community events.

“This incredible new facility, located right at Elmhurst and Tuxedo, will be where every Detroiter who wants to help rebuild our city by becoming a carpenter or millwright will be trained,” says Mayor Mike Duggan. “I can’t thank our partners at the Carpenters and Millwrights enough for their continued commitment to providing training and career opportunities to Detroit residents.”

Work on the training facility is expected to start early next year and be completed by mid-2021. When it becomes operational, the center will train up to 1,500 students every year.

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