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Local Lodge 169

Detroit, Michigan

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal169.com/

Phone: (313) 584-8520

Nearly 200 complete Code training at Plant Vogtle

MOST instructor Steve Speed discusses the value of a positive reputation.

L-26 sponsors instruction at Georgia Power nuclear plant

WITH HUNDREDS OF Boilermakers working at nuclear power station Plant Vogtle in southeast Georgia — many of them living in temporary housing near the project and far from the nearest union hall — Local 26 (Savannah) BM-ST Johnathon Bates decided it only made sense to bring Boilermaker Code training onsite.

Over two successive weekends, April 14-15 and April 21-22, MOST Code trainers Steve Speed and Ray Parrot taught four day-long classes. MOST Representative Tony Smarra provided technical support.

Reporter  V57N2

L-169 Dormire wins 2017 graduate apprentice title

Competitors at the National Apprentice Competition face off at Local 101 in Denver. Front row, left to right: Branden Dormire, L-169 (winner) and Ryan Schroeder, L-85 (runner-up). Back row, left to right: Michael Mansbart, L-5 Zone 5; Chance Ellison, L-108; James Hynes, L-154; Alfredo Leyva, L-92; Charles Kouns, L-40 and Craig Rose, L-101.

Runner-up spot goes to L-85’s Schroeder; Great Lakes Section takes team honors

BRANDEN DORMIRE, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2017 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 101 (Denver) August 20-23. This was the third year in a row a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors and the local’s fifth top finish in the last six years.

Ryan Schroeder, a member of Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes Area, which paired winner Dormire and runner-up Schroeder.

Locals  L-5/5, L-40, L-85, L-92, L-101, L-108, L-154, L-169
Reporter  V56N4

Top graduate apprentice reflects on journey to title

Branden Dormire, winner of the 2017 National Outstanding Apprenticeship Award

Dormire credits L-169 mentoring for success

ACHIEVING THE TOP graduate apprentice title takes a commitment to studying and a helping hand from Boilermakers willing to commit their time and effort to mentoring, said 2017 winner Branden Dormire from Local 169 (Detroit). Dormire earned the National Outstanding Apprenticeship Award during competition hosted by Local 101 (Denver) August 21-22.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V56N4

L-169 member thankful for disaster relief

RETIRED LOCAL 169 member Claude Phillips of Midland, Michigan, received a $1,000 disaster relief check in August from L-169 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Bob Hutsell to help restore Phillip’s shop, which was flooded earlier this year. Phillips’ daughter, Cheryl Sopcak, wrote to Hutsell, stating: “It’s refreshing to know that organizations such as the Boilermakers are committed to upholding their values and extend ‘the code’ to their brothers and sisters long after they’ve ‘paid their dues’ so-to-speak.”

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Top graduate apprentice reflects on journey to the title

Marcus Delo, L-169, 2016 BNAP competition winner

Delo credits L-169 and wife for success

EARNING THE TOP graduate apprentice title takes dedication to studying, training, and support, says 2016 winner Marcus Delo, Local 169 (Detroit). He cites the help of his local, his wife and long hours “in the books” as significant factors in taking the title.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V55N4

L-169 Delo wins 2016 graduate apprentice title

Marcus Delo, L-169, receives his trophy after being named winner of the 2016 U.S. National Apprenticeship Competition.

Runner-up spot goes to L-363’s Peradotto; Western States Section takes team honors

MARCUS DELO, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area) won top honors at the 2016 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 101 (Denver) August 22-25. This was the second year in a row a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors and the local’s fourth top finish in the last five years.

Locals  L-7, L-40, L-69, L-92, L-154, L-169, L-242, L-363
Reporter  V55N4

Locals award service pins

National Transient Lodge

MARK VANDIVER, Director, National Transient Division Services, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following:

  • 40 YEARS — Timothy L. Thompson.

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Reporter  V55N1

Sixteen receive project management training

Pictured are, front row, left to right, Skipper Branscum, instructor, IBB; Shannon Thompson, L-502 (Puyallup, Wash.); Adam Howard, L-169 (Detroit); Adam Mueller, L-1 (Chicago); Charles Stobaugh, Local 502; Bridget Connors, MOST; Mike Suplizio, instructor (retired contractor); middle row, Timothy Heider, L-83 (Kansas City, Mo.); Jeremy Stinehelfer, L-85 (Toledo, Ohio); Kevin Griffith, L-40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.); Kenneth Cress III, L-363 (East St. Louis, Ill.); Jason Sandusky, L-363; James Smith Jr., L-83; Jer

SIXTEEN CONSTRUCTION BOILERMAKERS completed the MOST project management course held in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 10-15. The course teaches members how to manage a project in a business-like manner, enhancing the value that Boilermakers bring to contractor and owner communities as well as to the union.

Launched in 2004, the MOST Project Management Program was developed in conjunction with management consultant FMI and Cornell University.

Reporter  V55N1

Retired L-169 member finds expression in poetry

Don Rojem, L-169, retired

“I WAS A mean kid,” admits Don Rojem, 86, a Michigan native and retired member of Local 169 (Detroit). “I just wasn’t cut out for school.”

After being twice kicked out for being a rebellious student, Rojem, at age 12, put formal education permanently behind him and began an adventure that ultimately led him to become a Boilermaker, a job he grew to love and would one day write about in a newfound passion for poetry.

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Reporter  V55N1

Top graduate apprentice reflects on those who helped

First place winner Jonathon Nevedal, L-169

Nevedal credits military service, H2H, Boilermakers

QUALIFYING FOR A national apprenticeship competition requires the support of organizations and people along the way, says the 2015 winner, Jonathon Nevedal, Local 169 (Detroit). He cites his experience in the military service, his introduction to the trades through Helmets to Hardhats (H2H), and the shared knowledge and guidance of Boilermakers in the field as well as in the union hall.

A submariner in the U.S. Navy, like his father before him, Nevedal worked as a machinist mate during a five-year hitch.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V54N4

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