Plymouth Rock Studios Signs Union Commitment

March 11, 2009

PLYMOUTH, Mass., March 11 /PRNewswire/ — Principles of Plymouth Rock Studios joined local labor leaders in signing a Memorandum of Understanding related to construction of the project. The letter, which was signed by Plymouth Rock Studios Chairman David Kirkpatrick at today’s Massachusetts Trades Council Annual Convention, set forth a number of minimum requirements for a contractor to be eligible to submit a bid for work on Plymouth Rock Studios.

It is anticipated that the project will employ up to 1,500 construction workers at its peak and up to 2,000 employees during full operation. Plymouth Rock Studios is a $500-million film and television studio complex in Plymouth, Massachusetts, slated to open in 2010 as the world’s first LEED(R)-certified, environmentally friendly studio complex. The studio will have 14 soundstages and a 10-acre back lot, plus production offices, post-production facilities, a theater, hotel, and an amenity village. The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is comprised of 74 member locals representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

“As I stated in our commitment letter, we support socially responsible contractors,” said David Kirkpatrick. “In furtherance of that support and consistent with our own social values, we have adopted certain minimum requirements for contractor participation in the project.”

Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council said, “This is not only a smart business decision for Plymouth Rock Studios, it is a good decision for Massachusetts. Hiring union tradespeople guarantees that local workers will receive good wages, comprehensive health insurance, pensions, safe working conditions and the best training available. If there was an Academy Award for responsible development, Plymouth Rock Studios would win hands down.”

“We are thrilled and honored to have our talented men and women be a part of Plymouth Rock Studios,” said Bill DeMello, President of the Brockton Building Trades Council. “The Brockton Building Trades are committed to building a state of the art production and filming facility under budget and on time.”

“I worked with the trade unions for many years during my twenty-one years at Paramount Studios in California and I look forward to continuing that relationship in Plymouth,” said Earl Lestz, CEO of Plymouth Rock Studios.

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