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Boilermakers help build world’s largest solar thermal facility

Main steward Bob Furnish stands below the unit 1 tower at Ivanpah. The boiler sits atop the tower and is coated with a black, heat-absorbing material.  Photo by Chris Farina Photography

L-92 leads critical work at innovative Ivanpah Valley project

RISING FROM THE floor of California’s Mojave Desert, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System’s three 459-foot towers resemble missile launch pads. They are the most visible features of a 3,600-acre development that will use focused sunlight to turn water to steam and steam to electricity.

Locals  L-92

$70 million project brings upgrades to Colstrip plant

Local 104 member Valentin Litvinenko replaces brass tubing with titanium tubes in a tube sheet, which is part of a condenser.

Billings Gazette story cites coal generation hurdles

More than 500 workers busy refurbishing massive boiler in Unit 1

COLSTRIP — Jason Small says a $70 million renovation of Unit 1 of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station translates into steady work for hundreds of people like him.

“If you're a craftsman and a boilermaker, you count on these outages for a primary source of income,” Small said. “The bigger (the project) the better for us. This is our bread and butter.”

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Locals  L-11, L-104

Members build tube liners for Ohio River hydro plant

Water from the Ohio River will rush into the hydro tube liners, turning the powe

$416 million project will generate renewable energy

ABOUT TWO DOZEN Boilermakers are working under National Transient Division articles of agreement to build draft tube liners for the $416 million, 84-MW Cannelton Hydroelectric Plant near Hawesville, Ky.

National Steel Erection, Inc. (NSE) has the contract for the liners. Each is 30 feet in diameter and 60 feet long. Their function is to direct water from the Ohio River through turbines, turning generators to produce electricity. The project adjoins the existing Cannelton Locks and Dam.

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Locals  L-40, L-363
Reporter  V51N1

Boilermakers excel at Prairie State power plant build

Standing in front of the massive new Prairie State Energy Campus power plant are, l. to r., Rick Eller, L-363 BM-ST; Mike Rother, PSGC director of contracts and industrial relations; and John Hoerner, L-363 member and Boilermaker general foreman.

Massive project brings five million man-hours to Local 363 jurisdiction

THE LARGEST COAL-FIRED power plant currently being built in the United States is taking shape in southern Illinois, and Boilermakers from across the country are playing a leading role in its construction.

Locals  L-363
Reporter  V50N2

Union dollars put union members to work

Construction begins on a union-financed, union-built pediatric center in Yonkers, N.Y.

Boilermakers invest in pediatric center that L-5 members may help build

THE BOILERMAKERS union, as an HIT investor, is helping to finance a new pediatric center that HIT anticipates will employ New York Local 5 members in its construction. The project is being funded by labor pension capital through HIT — the ALF-CIO Housing Investment Trust. HIT is providing $100 million to finance the new home for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, N.Y.

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Locals  L-5
Reporter  V50N1

L-5 shop builds modular condensers for NYC’s Astoria plant

Members from L-5 zone 197 assemble 280-ton, air-cooled HRSG condenser modules at a shop in Albany, N.Y.

Lodge wins work previously done nonunion

BOILERMAKERS ACCUSTOMED to building HRSG condensers in the field are seeing much of that work lost to modular construction performed by nonunion labor. But members of Local 5 Zone 197 (Albany, N.Y.) recently demonstrated that they are perfectly capable of assembling condensers offsite for transport to the project site.

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Locals  L-5

Local 85 revamps Michigan power plant

Local 85 members (l. to r.) Rick Babcock, Andy Brossia, Justin Betzer, and apprentices Jesse Green and Mike Schmitzer at DTE Energy’s Monroe, Mich., plant outage in March. They are prepping roof tubes for welding.  All photos courtesy of Dennis Barker.

Members work at one of DTE Energy’s longest maintenance outages

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 85 (Toledo, Ohio) have successfully completed a maintenance outage for DTE Energy at its Monroe, Mich., power plant.

Scheduled for 12 weeks of 6/10s, members began their work for Boilermaker contractor URS Washington on March 13. They completed the job two weeks ahead of schedule, under budget, and with only one OSHA-recordable accident.

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Locals  L-85

AmerenUE honors Local 27

AmerenUE plant manager David Strubberg (c.) presents a plaque in appreciation for a job well done to L-27 BM-ST William J. Noll (l.) and Donald Thurmond, lodge president and business rep. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune

MEMBERS OF ST. LOUIS Local 27 earned praise at their June meeting from David Strubberg, plant manager at the AmerenUE Rush Island Power Plant. Strubberg thanked the members for their outstanding performance, safety, and productivity during the plant’s annual spring equipment renovation in March.

Strubberg said there were no lost-time accidents or absenteeism during the 23-week project, which was finished days ahead of schedule. Local 27 members logged in over 140,000 man-hours working for contractors Nooter Construction and Scheck Industrial.

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Locals  L-27

L-1998 launches USNS Charles Drew

L-1998 member Robert Navarro uses a crane to position the “ways” (the launch ramp) for the USNS Charles Drew.

Navy awards additional contract, guaranteeing work through 2012

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 1998 (National City, Calif.) witnessed the successful launching of the USNS Charles Drew Feb. 27. It was the 10th in a series of 12 ships the members are building; the remaining two are in various stages of construction at the San Diego shipyard. But the best news of the day quickly followed: The Navy was awarding them another contract to increase the total number of ships to 14, guaranteeing them steady work through 2012.

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Locals  L-1998

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