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Keystone Job Corps Center

Boosts Local Economy With Paving Project

The road-paving project at Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums, Pa., has brought smiles to the faces of not only the students and staff on center but also the local construction company hired to complete the project. A local construction company was hired to rip out the old blacktop on most of the center's roads and parking lots and replace it with a new base and top coat. The construction company also completely rebuilt some of the center's roads, so Keystone residents, employees, and visitors will now enjoy an exceptionally smooth ride for years to come.

The $633,000 project kept 18 employees busy during August and September, with six crew members preparing the old roads and parking lots on center for construction, and 12 crew members carrying out the rebuilding and repaving. All of the company's materials are manufactured locally, including the 4,000 tons of asphalt used at Keystone.

"The roads and parking lots at Keystone were in very bad shape, so we couldn't have been more excited to see more than $600,000 in stimulus money come to us for a major paving project," said Mike Martine, Deputy Director at Keystone Job Corps Center. "It was incredible to watch everything come together. The workers were out here working every day, and it feels good to know that our ARRA funding generated work for a construction company based right here in our neighborhood. We're proud to help boost our local economy, and we're so pleased with the way everything turned out. Things were awfully bumpy before, but now we can all drive through the center on smooth roads."

Keystone Job Corps Center also used ARRA funds to complete numerous other construction and improvement projects during 2010 to make the center more environmentally friendly. New energy-efficient asphalt-shingle roofing featuring solar reflectors was added to several buildings on campus, and T-12 light bulbs were replaced with new energy-efficient T-8 light bulbs across the center.

In addition, two electric cars and an electric van were purchased for maintenance and security officers to drive on center, and plumbing students received hands-on training in installing low-flow toilets and showerheads in numerous dormitories.