Carpenters open new training facility in Merrillville

Guests snacked on hors d’oeuvres and drinks, toured the two new adjacent buildings and intermingled Tuesday during the grand opening of the latest addition to Merrillville’s “union corridor,” the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ new administration office and training facility,

The buildings, which were built by union workers and cost about $13 million, according to Scott Cooley, senior representative of IKORCC, sit on about 18 acres on Mississippi Street, facing Interstate 65, just north of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697.

Several other union locals are located along or off of Mississippi Street in Merrillville, including the Teamsters..

Cooley said the regional council outgrew its former location on Union Street in Hobart, where it was located since 1978.