“It takes a lot of great people and dedication to pull something like this off. We really need to start off by thanking our Minnesota Building Trades Council and our local unions.” That’s what Dave Mansell, the man from Mortenson Construction who oversaw construction of U.S. Bank Stadium had to say during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July 2016.
“I believe the Minnesota workforce is the best in the United States of America. I have traveled across the country, and this is the best quality craftsmanship you can find anywhere. I believe we could repeat this performance anywhere in the world with this workforce.”
When people think of unions, they often think only of union members. But the truth is, unions are as dedicated to their members as they are to the companies they’re working for and the quality of the buildings they’re constructing.
Take Mortenson Construction and the massive undertaking that was the Minnesota Viking’s in new, U.S. Bank Stadium. It took nearly three years, 8,500 craft workers and 3.5 million hours of labor to build, but the project still came in on time and under budget. Thanks, as Dave Mansell said, to the dedication and commitment of the workers.
“I remember back to some of the inclement weather, I worried about it. ‘Don’t worry, Dave, we’ll get it done.’ The countless hours that those craft workers put in – cold, hot, rain, snow, didn’t matter. They stuck with it to the end and because of that we finished the project early, on budget.”
Skilled union workers don’t just get the job done on time and on budget. They also get it done right, then go home to volunteer and give back in their communities. The union raises up the Vikings stadium, and neighborhoods across the state.