A bright day in Bay Shore

By Karen Polise

Elected officials join National Grid leadership, employees and IBEW Local 1049 Union Leadership for a ribbon cutting ceremony of our new facility in Bay Shore, New York

A ribbon cutting ceremony at our new facility in Bay Shore, New York took place on Friday, September 6. Along with members of our leadership team were elected officials NYS Senator Phil Boyle, NYS Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Town of Islip Councilman John Cochrane, Town of Islip Public Works Commissioner Tom Owens and IBEW Local 1049.

“The attractive, aesthetically appealing building, beautifully landscaped and repurposed real estate at the Bay Shore facility demonstrates our commitment and partnership with our neighbors that provides numerous benefits to the homeowners, businesses, visitors in the community and National Grid,” said Bel Pagdanganan, National Grid Manager, Government Relations.

Bob DeMarinis, VP Gas Operations (far left) and John Bruckner, President National Grid New York (far right) take a tour of the new facility with Town of Islip Councilman John Cochrane and Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter

“The Bay Shore facility was constructed to improve the level of service provided to the communities we serve utilizing state of the art technologies designed to lower carbon footprints, minimize the inconveniences associated with conventional construction and associated paving restoration costs,” said Frank Prost, National Grid Director of Gas Construction. “The new facility will house two organizations under the Capital Delivery Programs Gas Construction organization, Welding Operations and Gas Construction.” 

The building will allow for the consolidation of three existing welding operations into one central Long Island Welding Operation. The facility will accommodate inside product fabrication and welding functions allowing for improved safety, efficiency, reliability and cost reductions.  Operating and project costs will be lowered because of increased productivity, inclement weather impacts, reduced need for field crew support and elimination of third-party service rentals.   

“From a construction perspective, the building was designed to house all the low dig specialty tooling and equipment from the harsh weather elements utilized by the Gas Construction organization,” said John Dooney, National Grid Gas Construction Manager. “These expensive tools and equipment have been traditionally stored outside in the harsh winter elements.  Storing the sensitive equipment in a controlled environment will lower our controllable costs by extending the life cycle of the equipment, reduction of daily startup time, eliminate the need to winterize the equipment daily and will allow for training opportunities for our next generation of gas mechanics.” 

John added “the success of this facility is a direct result of the support we received by our leadership team and Lead Supervisor Erik Klein who had the vision and oversight throughout the entire process of this construction initiative.”

“We look forward to continuing our commitment and responsibility of our Power to Serve and other stewardship opportunities in the communities we serve,” said Bel. 

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