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Local Lodge 169

Allen Park, Michigan

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal169.com/

Phone: (313) 584-8520

Local 169 notches 120 years

AN ICE SCULPTURE depicting the Boilermakers’ official seal helped set the stage for Local 169’s celebration of 120 years as an IBB lodge February 14. The celebration was held at the MGM Grand Detroit in conjunction with the local’s annual dinner-dance fundraiser benefiting the lodge’s scholarship program. Local 169 received its charter as a construction lodge on October 10, 1895. BM-ST Bob Hutsell put the lodge’s longevity into perspective, noting, “Boilermakers Local 169 has been around longer than the John Deere Tractor, Firestone, Goodyear, and U.S. Steel.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V54N1

International announces 2014 scholarship winners

Twenty-seven Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $50,000

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.

Reporter  V53N4

L-13’s Kling wins 2014 graduate apprentice title

Arthur Kling III, Local 13, enjoys the moment after being named winner of the 2014 U.S. National Apprenticeship Competition.

Runner-up spot goes to L-263’s Riley; Great Lakes Area takes team honors

ARTHUR KLING III, a member of Philadelphia Local 13 (Northeast Area), won top honors in the 2014 U.S. National Apprenticeship Competition held at the Mississippi River District Lodge 5/Local 37 training facility in Slidell, La., September 7-11. Kling scored best overall in a field of eight select candidates. The competition included a 10-hour-limit written exam and three days of practical exercises testing Boilermaker skills.

Reporter  V53N4

L-169 retrofits air quality systems at two Michigan plants

Local 169 members (l-r) Branden Dormire, Chris Larose, Kevin Mackenzie, Ben Ryers and Brian Smith pause near the lime prep and byproducts disposal area, part of the new spray dry absorber system. Photos by Marty Mulcahy, The Building Tradesman

Consumers Energy adds spray dry absorbers for SO2 removal

BOILERMAKERS FROM Local 169 (Detroit) are completing work at two Consumers Energy coal-fired power plants in Michigan to retrofit air quality control systems. Work is underway on both sides of the state: at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in the east, and at the J. H. Campbell complex near Port Sheldon in the west. Both projects involve installing spray dry absorbers to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gas before it reaches the stack.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N3

L-169 hosts high school welding competition

L-169 Apprenticeship Coordinator Mark Wertz speaks to high school students about a career with the Boilermakers.

Annual event draws 42 students from 12 schools

FORTY-TWO VOCATIONAL education students from 12 Michigan schools competed in the Local 169 (Detroit) High School Welding Invitational May 2. It was the 11th year for the annual event, which gives contestants an opportunity to test their welding skills and learn about a career as a Boilermaker. More than 500 students have participated since the event’s inception.

Marty Spencer, National Coordinator for the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), spoke to the group about apprenticeships.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N2

Boilermakers shine on Michigan nuclear job

RECENTLY STONE & WEBSTER was called upon by our client, Entergy Nuclear, to assist in the replacement of the Control Rod Drive housings on the reactor head at the Palisades Nuclear Station near Covert, Michigan. The added work was expected to extend the critical path of the Palisades refueling outage by approximately 28 days.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N1

MOST conducts project management training

Project management training, January 12-17, Kansas City, Mo.

Week-long class held in KC

FIFTEEN MEMBERS FROM eight Boilermaker lodges attended the MOST project management class held in Kansas City, Mo., January 12-17.

MOST stands for Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training. Created in 1989 as a joint labor-management trust fund operated by the Boilermakers union and the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE), MOST administers 17 programs to ensure the highest standards of excellence in the Boilermaker craft.


Area competitions test graduate apprentices

Great Lakes Area Competition

Events determine finalists for national title

THE U.S. NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition marks the highest level of skills and knowledge testing for Boilermaker graduate apprentices. But before the finale, contestants are selected at the local lodge level to compete in their geographic areas.

In 2013, 37 graduate apprentices reached their area competitions, from which eight were selected by judges to enter the nationals.


L-169’s Opalewski wins top graduate apprentice title

L-169’s Christopher Opalewski hoists the first place trophy after being named the top graduate apprentice for 2013.

National award is first for an H2H contestant

CHRISTOPHER OPALEWSKI, a member of Local 169 (Detroit), became the first military veteran indentured through the Helmets to Hardhats program to be named the top U.S. Boilermaker graduate apprentice, following a four-day competition at L-169’s training center in Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 22-25. The 26th annual competition was held under the auspices of the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), with L-169 serving as the host lodge.

Locals  L-7, L-69, L-85, L-154, L-169, L-242, L-433, L-502

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