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What’s cooking at Vulcan? Perfection.

Mark Campbell, fabrication TIG welder, inspects his work after TIG welding a convection oven outer door skin that will hold window glass.

Local S50 makes the equipment that serves up quality

IN A HIGH-END restaurant known for its steaks, a customer anticipates the juicy porterhouse he’s ordered. He’s hungry, and as he sips a nice cabernet and chats over the appetizers, he thinks about the melt-in-your-mouth, warm-red-centered, savory-seared goodness that’s to come. It’s the most expensive item on the menu. So, the steak stakes are high: If the chef misses the mark, chances are the customer won’t be back.

But there’s no worry, because when it arrives, the meat is perfect—just as it always is.

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Locals  L-S50

Cap lift crowns Laramie River Station job for Local 101

The SCR cap lift nears completion as dawn crests the horizon at Basin Electric’s Laramie River Station.

Boilermakers side-step 70-mph wind

IN THE FOGGY pre-dawn calm at the Laramie River Station, a coal-fired power plant east of Wheatland, Wyoming, Boilermakers working for contractor Graycor hustled to lift a 176-ton SCR (selective catalytic reduction) cap and fly it to top the new unit. Eight members worked against time to place the cap and beat the gusty Wyoming wind that usually kicks up around dawn.

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Locals  L-101
Reporter  V57N4

Boilermakers build eucalyptus-fueled power plant

 L-627 members and travelers working for AZCO build a eucalyptus-fueled biomass plant on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Members drive on despite volcano, earthquakes, torrential rains

THE LAND OF aloha, palm trees and blue waters — as inviting as tropical paradises can be — has held some unexpected challenges for Local 627 (Phoenix) members and travelers from across the country as they build a eucalyptus-fueled biomass power plant on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island).

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Locals  L-627
Reporter  V57N3

Massive Phillips 66 refinery upgrade nears completion

BOILERMAKERS RIG RISERS (used to carry catalyst and oil) prior to installing the new reactor.

Boilermakers erect, install 850-ton reactor at New Jersey site

BOILERMAKER CREWS ARE being hailed for extraordinary quality workmanship and safety performance as a mammoth project to replace a 70-year-old reactor at the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey, comes to a close.

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Locals  L-28
Reporter  V57N1

L-502 leads work on America's only new coal-fired power plant

Boilermakers working at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks are building the only new coal-fired boiler in the United States.

Project will heat, power University of Alaska, Fairbanks

THIRTY-TWO MEMBERS of Local 502 (Tacoma, Washington), along with a few travelers, are constructing the only new coal-fired power plant in the United States for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Most of the other building trades from Alaska are also onsite, with Boilermakers logging the most man-hours and also running the project. L-502's Blaine Roulst works as the general superintendent.

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Locals  L-502
Reporter  V57N1

Union-built, 4,000-ton, modular HRSG is first for US

Towed, pushed and guided by three tugs, the 4,000-ton HRSG heads down the Hudson River August 7.  Photo courtesy of Drone Pilots Leon Taufield & James Griggs Sr.

Massive steam generator makes historic journey down the Hudson

BOILERMAKERS PLAYED A leading role in 2017 in what is thought to be the first ever heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) built in the United States as a complete modular unit and shipped to its final destination.

Locals  L-5/197, L-28
Reporter  V56N4

Gas-fired generation continues growth in L-13 jurisdiction

L-154’s David Campbell seal welds a seam on a turbine exhaust duct.

Lackawanna Energy Center will be one of Pennsylvania’s largest

ONE OF THE largest combined cycle, gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania is under construction in the northeastern part of the state, and about 180 Boilermakers — members of Local 13 (Philadelphia) along with travelers from more than two dozen locals across the country — have a major piece of the work.

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Locals  L-13
Reporter  V56N3

L-45’s Watson addresses pipeline safety

L-45 BM-ST Danny Watson

For three years, discussion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has tended to focus on a small but vocal group that opposes the pipeline. I know these folks have spent hours protesting and making sure their voices have been heard. Discussion is an important part of the process, and I would like to add my comments to it.

The facts regarding this project seem to get lost in translation. As someone who has actually worked on these projects and seen the operations of existing pipelines, I have firsthand knowledge of how safe the construction and operations of these projects are.

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Locals  L-45

L-83 Boilermakers shine on Jeffrey Energy Center outages

Boilermakers position a reheat outlet header onto a trolley assembly. Left to right, Vitaliy Shevchenko, Vasiliy Shevchenko, Charlie Clark, Jared Brindley and Wade Adams.

Members replace re-heat outlet headers, air heater baskets

LOCAL 83 (KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI) Boilermakers employed by Day & Zimmermann are demonstrating their skills at Westar Energy’s Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys, Kansas, where crews are working the spring outage on Unit 1. The job follows on the heels of the Unit 2 fall outage, successfully completed late last year. Jeffrey Energy Center is the largest fossil power generation plant in Kansas, with three units rated at a combined 2,155 MW.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V56N1

L-359 completes work on $4.8 billion aluminum smelter upgrade

The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter at Kitimat, British Columbia. Courtesy Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant ups production, cuts pollution

THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY has been a primary economic driver for the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, for some 60 years. But the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter located there — featured in National Geographic as the largest in the world when it was built in the 1950s — was due for an upgrade to modernize its operations and reduce environmental emissions.

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Locals  L-359
Reporter  V55N1

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