Skip to main content

Local 11 completes turnaround at Conoco Phillips Refinery


A new regenerator head at the Conoco Phillips Refinery in Billings, Mont., is lifted into place during a plant-wide shutdown.


Local 11 Boilermakers are working the day shift at a plant-wide shutdown at the Conoco Phillips Refinery in Billings, Mont.

Exceptional craftsmanship may lead to more work for union members

MEMBERS OF FOUR Boilermaker lodges have completed a turnaround at the Conoco Phillips Refinery in Billings, Mont., that left company officials rethinking their nonunion stance.

The company was so impressed by the performance of workers from one of the few union contractors on site that they invited the building trades’ members to a dinner.

Working for Construction Turnaround Services Inc. (CTS) of Tulsa, Okla., members of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.), Local 592 (Tulsa, Okla.), Local 627 (Phoenix), and the NTL completed the turnaround in April. Pre-turnaround work started in Nov. 2006, and included building a new FCC (“Cat”) regenerator head with cyclones. Members also put a third-stage recovery system (flue gas scrubber) on the “Cat.”

Running two shifts, the Boilermakers worked a total of 42,492 man-hours without a recordable accident and very few first-aid incidents. The project — the only union Boilermaker job during the plant-wide shutdown — was completed under budget and ahead of schedule.

Local 11 President Robert Winger credits their success to “the great efforts by our union hall and good cooperation from Conoco and CTS.”

He said, “Conoco was so impressed by the craftsmanship and professional attitude of the Boilermakers that they invited the building trades to a dinner. This impressive finish on a job with adverse weather and a very aggressive schedule has put the Conoco leadership at this refinery taking a more positive look at union contractors,” Winger said. “Their reasoning is that we do it right the first time and have such good productivity that even though our wage package is higher than the nonunion crews, they feel we are actually cheaper. I want the men to know they did a fine job, not only for themselves and Local 11, but for the cause of advancing union work.”

Published on the Web: September 20, 2007

Latest News

  • Mark Felger, L-104, fires up a rosebud torch to make the "Cadillac of winches" at Markey Machinery in Seattle.

    Local 104 makes its mark on top-of-the-line marine deck equipment

    Read More

  • Paige Gray and Stephanie Zundel (tandem cycle on right) work their way up the pack at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Ontario. Gray is a control room operator at Black Hills Power in Pueblo, Colorado, and L-101 sponsors the racing duo. (Photo credit: Simon Wilkinson)

    World-championship para-cycling team gets kick-start from L-101

    Read More

  • Thousands of participants gathered in Madrid, Spain, from around the world to discuss climate change solutions during the United Nations’ COP25. (The event was moved from Santiago, Chile, to Madrid due to unrest in Chile.)

    Boilermakers advocate for CCUS at COP25

    Read More

  • D-NRS-CSO Tim Simmons, left, presents a retirement gift from the Boilermakers to Dave Douin, Boilermaker and outgoing executive director of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

    Douin retires from national inspection board

    Read More

  • Celebrating the partnership between GLABAP and LCCC are, from l. to r., BNAP Coordinator Mark Wertz, LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D, GLABAP Coordinator Larry McManamon Jr. and L-744 BM-ST Martin Mahom.

    Partnership offers college credits for apprentices in Great Lakes

    Read More