Symbols of South Camden’s Renaissance Rising on the Riverfront

img_5007We are pleased to note that the silhouettes of the buildings on the Holtec Technology Campus stand as monuments to Camden’s renaissance to the motorists on the Walt Whitman Bridge, Interstate 676 and from Penn’s Landing across the river. The construction of the main structures at the site is expected to be finished by early January.  Holtec and our General Contractor, J.J. Jingoli & Sons would like to thank the State, County, SJPC and City of Camden officials whose steadfast support has enabled our Project Team to make impressive progress despite the plethora of issues that arise every week.

Holtec’s Office Building on the River Bank
Holtec’s Office Building on the River Bank

In parallel with the site construction, the recruitment and training of prospective workers has begun.  Holtec, in partnership with Camden County College, Camden One Stop and New Jersey Department of Labor has developed an extensive recruiting and training program aimed at developing the local workforce required to rev up the engine of employment in the region. Camden County College recently graduated their first class of nine craftsmen, and expects a larger class  this fall. “It is necessary that we implement this vigorous training program in order to develop the skilled technicians and craftsmen required to operate the high tech machinery and equipment that will soon be installed in Camden,” says HTC’s Director of Manufacturing Infrastructure Development, Mr. Lee Laurendeau.

First Weld Arc Struck in the Training Center
First Weld Arc Struck in the Training Center

On August 11, a milestone was reached when the first weld arc was struck by a trainee in the Light Fabrication Shop which is being used as a temporary training facility for the new recruits.  This was made possible with the cooperation of the City of Camden and the NJDEP who worked with Holtec to obtain permits for a portion of the building in order to start operations prior to completion of the overall building.

Safety is a core value of Holtec, and it is imperative that we instill a strong safety culture into the Camden facility from day one.  To achieve that goal, we have developed a comprehensive safety training program that will provide our new employees with the skills and awareness of safely as they begin their careers at Holtec. Every new employee goes through an extensive safety orientation class before working or training.

The new weld training center is equiped with four weld stations.  Soon an additional nine weld training booths will be added to expand our capability to train the new Camden workforce.

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Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.