The awarding of a $70 million contract to Unistress Corporation of Pittsfield provides some welcome economic news to the city and Berkshire County. Besides creating an estimated 100 new jobs, the contract should further enhance the strong reputation of Unistress and its parent company, Petricca Industries, also of Pittsfield, in the construction industry.

Unistress, the only maker of pre-stressed concrete in Massachusetts, will provide 6,000 precast concrete panels to serve as the roadbed for the new Tappan Zee Bridge as it extends 3.1 miles over the Hudson River. The $3.9 billion initiative, the largest bridge construction project in the history of New York, a state known for its iconic bridges, will replace the current 59-year-old span.

The company’s reputation for innovation and craftsmanship and its impressive résumé evidently impressed Tappan Zee Constructors, which is overseeing the ambitious effort. The hiring of new employees this month will give the Berkshires an immediate boost, and the prospect of more work ahead for Unistress provides optimism for the future.


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