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Roger Jayne (c.) receives congratulations from Alex Tallick (l.), L-13 business agent on the Brunner Island job site, and BM-ST Jim Banford after receiving the TAUC Craftperson of the Year Award May 13.

Award recognize excellence in union construction

THE ASSOCIATION OF Union Constructors presented Local 13 (Philadelphia) member Roger Jayne with the annual James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award May 13 during the 2010 TAUC Leadership Conference in Phoenix [see video below]. The award recognizes quality craftsmanship and labor-management cooperation in the construction industry.

Jayne was honored for his work as a general foreman on two consecutive maintenance outages at Pennsylvania Power and Light’s (PPL) Brunner Island Power Station in York Haven, Pa., in the spring and fall of 2009. He was nominated for the award by Minnotte Contracting Corp., which performed the work for PPL.

Erik Galis, VP of Operations for Minnotte, called Jayne’s work “amazing.” He said that during the spring outage Jayne “became a major contributor and an extension of our management team. His ideas to perfect complicated rigging systems and his ability to recognize talent and optimize crews enabled Minnotte to beat PPL’s expectations in terms of schedule and quality and, most importantly, led to the completion of over 322,000 man-hours without a single recordable injury.”

Jayne started with the Boilermakers in 1989, graduating from the apprenticeship program in 1994. He took his first general foreman position in 1995.

When presenting the award, TAUC President Robert W. Santillo told Jayne, “You’ve proven that you can work at the highest level and get the job done without sacrificing the core values of safety, quality, leadership, and cooperation. You’ve earned the respect not only of your fellow Boilermakers, but of the contractor and the customer as well.”

International President Newton B. Jones praised Jayne for “exemplifying the very best of what Boilermakers offer to the construction industry. On behalf of the International Executive Council, I congratulate him, Local Lodge 13, and the Boilermakers who worked with him on the two outages for this high honor,” he said. “This is an achievement that brings great pride to our organization.”

Jayne, who is married with two sons, said he didn’t realize “the magnitude of the award” until he traveled to the TAUC conference in Phoenix for the presentation. Reflecting on the honor, he said, “In my eyes, it wasn’t just me who won the award — the Boilermakers won it.”

TAUC consists of more than 2,500 union contractors, local union contractor associations, and vendors in the industrial maintenance and construction field.

Video Presentation of James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-13
Published on the Web: May 24, 2010

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