Sean McGarvey, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, toured the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site Friday.

The Building and Construction Trades Department is an alliance of 13 national and international unions that collectively represent 2 million skilled craft workers in the United States and Canada.

The MOX facility is one of the country’s first new nuclear projects in decades and has a local workforce of over 2,100, with nearly half of them in construction.

“The MOX project is an important regional and national project and is being built by America’s safest, most highly skilled and productive workforce,” McGarvey said.

McGarvey was joined by Michael Rencheck, president and chief executive officer of AREVA Inc. The group toured the MOX construction site with Kelly Trice, president and chief operating officer of Shaw AREVA MOX Services, and met with employees who are building the facility for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

“Due to the dedicated work of our construction and management team, the MOX project is being built with a strong record of quality and safety,” Trice said. “We are rapidly approaching a new safety milestone of working 12 million hours without a lost workday due to injury.”