Drivers traveling in and out of the Snug Harbor area last week saw several groups of picketers outside Battelle, bearing the brutal cold to protest some of the company’s practices. 

Patrick McCormack, David McCormack and John Smith, construction workers from Abington, stood outside the Battelle property on Washington Street Thursday morning with signs that read “Battelle No Good for Community” and “Battelle has no ethical standards.” When asked what they were protesting, Patrick McCormack said they had recently learned Battelle had hired out-of-state contractors from Maine to build the new site in Norwell. 

“We are all laid-off construction workers from the South Shore and we don’t think it’s right that they are hiring out of state workers when there are plenty of local workers who are ready to work,” he said. The picketers said they had people driving by give them a thumbs-up or supportive beep of the horn, but no one had stopped to talk to them. 

A spokesperson from the Battelle headquarters in Ohio, Katy Delaney, said the company has hired Rhode Island­based Gilbane Building Company to construct a new laboratory site at the future home of Battelle in Norwell. The lab will replace the lab that is currently in Duxbury and Delaney said the company plans to move out of Duxbury in the fall of 2014.