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Steel fabricator thrives with Boilermaker craftsmen

L-84 officers and stewards stand among slug catcher manifold sections in the loading yard. L. to r., Brent Mitzner, president; Philip Slater, steward; Doug Damron, secretary-treasurer; Bob Wheeler, recording secretary; Nathan Eichorn, steward; and Jeremy Wright, steward. Not pictured are Brian Haight, vice president, and Josh Dilliner, inspector.

Taylor Forge slug catchers reach global market

AMERICAN MANUFACTURING has taken its lumps in recent decades, but one steel fabrication company located in rural Kansas has kept busy exporting quality, union-made products to customers around the world.

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Locals  L-83, L-84

L-363 helps build $3.8 billion refinery expansion

The Phillips 66 Wood River refinery at night. At left is the new four-drum coker unit. All photos courtesy Phillips 66

Phillips 66 project raises heavy Canadian crude capacity 200 percent

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 363 (East St. Louis) and sister locals played a major role in a $3.8 billion, three-year expansion of the Phillips 66 Wood River oil refinery in Roxana, Ill. Referred to as CORE (Coker and Refinery Expansion), the project was completed and started up in November 2011.

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Locals  L-363
Reporter  V51N4

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

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Locals  L-40
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

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