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Local 374 readies for $3.8B refinery job

BP’s Whiting, Ind., refinery will be modernized to accept more Canadian crude. Photo courtesy of BP

Project will be biggest private investment in Indiana history

AFTER YEARS of planning, engineering, and permitting, a $3.8 billion refinery modernization and expansion project is gearing up along Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind. — and Local 374 (Hammond, Ind.) will be part of it.

The Whiting facility, owned by British Petroleum (BP), is the largest refinery in the Midwest and the fourth largest in the United States. The massive, multi-year project will allow the refinery to process additional heavy crude oil from Canada.

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Locals  L-374
Reporter  V47N3

Unions play role in 'Tall Ships' festival

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, a floating classroom since 1946, participates in the Parade of Sails July 3 along Foss Waterway in Tacoma, Wash. (Photo by Petty Officer Kelly Parker, U.S. Coast Guard)

Boilermakers help build infrastructure for five-day Tacoma event

BOILERMAKERS WERE among the army of union volunteers whose efforts were essential to the opening of “Tall Ships Tacoma 2008” held July 3-7 at the Thea Foss Waterway.

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Local 5 members featured on TV show

Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” films members of Local 5’s Zone 175 making vertical steam boilers for a show to be aired in the spring of 2009.

“How It’s Made” films Zone 175 at Fulton Boiler Works

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 5’s Zone 175 (New York) will make their television debut next year on the TV show, “How It’s Made.” The show airs Fridays at 9PM/EST and chronicles the fabrication of various industrial, commercial, and household products, featuring a narration of the process from conception to shipment.

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Locals  L-5
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Union Tank Car closes

Company officials join Local 524 members in front of the last tank built at Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind. L-524’s Rick Welton (last row at left in blue-plaid jacket) used a wireless transmitter to take this photo.

Local 524 members are out of work

40 YEARS, 400 JOBS. That was the headline of a local newspaper story announcing the May 30th closing of Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind.

That’s 400 Boilermaker jobs — all members of Local Lodge 524.

L-524 Pres. Kelly Hounshell, a 27-year employee at the railroad car manufacturer, got word of the plant closing in March. A few months earlier the company cut production in half and laid-off 100 employees.

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L-667 member earns award for political service

L-667’s David Fox receives an award for his service as mayor of Sistersville, W.Va.

West Virginia Governor Manchin honors Sistersville Mayor David Fox

DAVID FOX, a seven-year member of Local 667 (Charleston, W.Va.), has just been re-elected to his second term as mayor of Sistersville, W.Va. He has also been awarded a certificate of recognition from the state of West Virginia for his “outstanding service to both the city of Sistersville and Tyler County.”

Locals  L-667

L-128 members form society to help others

Members of the Bruce Society of Boilermakers include L-128 members, l. to r., Jim Watson, Kenny Kilday, Terry Keenan, Dan Greig, Gerry Burke, and Jim Barefoot.

Bruce Society of Boilermakers has raised over $20,000 for groups and individuals

WHEN MEMBERS OF Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) learned that one of their members had a brain tumor, they collected money at the plant gate to help support him and planned a golf tournament to raise more funds. Their efforts were so successful they decided to continue their work by forming the Bruce Society of Boilermakers. They have since raised over $20,000 to help people in need.

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Grandson lands the big one

KALOB HALLAUER, center, uses hand gestures to show how he landed an eight-pound bass in Perryville, Mo. The 8-year-old is the grandson of Larry Rumsey, a seven-year member of the National Transient Lodge (at left) and his wife, Debbie.

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L-203 raises $50,000 for cancer facility

Local 203 officers and staff present a $50,000 check to Rose Daley (far right) of the Daffodil Place Campaign. L. to r., BM-ST Tom Walsh, Darlene Ryan, Heather Greely, and Pres. Bill Healey.

Daffodil Place to provide housing, support for patients and their families

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Place, a 24-suite housing facility expected to open in 2009. The new facility will provide accommodations for patients and their families who must travel to St. John’s for cancer treatment.

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Local 647 retrofits Boswell’s Unit 3

his Local 647 crew is retrofitting Unit 3 at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, Minn. L. to r., front row: Tim Sauter, Dave Kantola, Rex Gustafson, Kim Gullickson, Mike Halik, Matt Cox, Erik KAntola, and Wayne Everett. Center row: Les Rinerson, Archie Maki, Travis Gullickson, Barry Wagner, Warren Klinger, Ron Black, Bill Polchow, John Paul Jones, Paul Wilcox, and John Knutson. Back row: Josh Overn, Nathan Rinerson, Paul A. Silvis, John Silvis, Curt Bendickson, Travis Gullickson, Joe Machones, Jason Brow

Project includes SCR, baghouse, and tons of duct work

LOCAL 647 MEMBERS (Minneapolis) are working through some harsh temperatures to retrofit Unit 3 at the Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center near Grand Rapids.

The project — part of Minnesota Power’s plan to reduce air emissions — started last winter with members working several days running in temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. The work has continued into the summer months, with temperatures reaching the high nineties.

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