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Members in the News


Sam Lakenen, Brother of Finalist Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906; Apprentice of
the Year, Kevin Pratt, IBEW Local 906; Finalist Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & PIpefitters
Local 111


Tony Retaskie, Executive Director, UPCC & 2016 Apprentice of the Year Kevin Pratt, IBEW Local 906


Roxanne Daust, Range Bank & Finalist Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111


Roxanne Daust, Range Bank and Sam Lakenen, Brother of Finalist Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906


Nominated Apprentices

U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2016 NAMED

Approximately 180 people met at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the sixth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet.
The winner of this year's award was Kevin Pratt, an apprentice member of IBEW Local 906.  The two finalists were Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906 and Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veigh, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, Mike Fornetti, Verso Corporation; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, NMU.  Altogether there were 20 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.









The 2016 Industrial Trades Career Day was held at the Luce County Fairgrounds on October 6th.  The Industrial Trades Career Day was an exciting, hands-on opportunity for high school students to experience the construction industry and the great careers it offers.  High school students from all EUP Schools were invited to attend.  400 EUP high school students participated.  It was put on by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council.
Students participated in demonstrations of bricklaying, concrete finishing, welding, carpentry, iron working, and other trades.
Students and counselors discovered that the construction industry is a great profession.  Whether they are interested in carpentry or calculus, mechanics or mathematics, business or blueprints, there are opportunities for everyone.
Trades Represented: 
     Electricians Local #906
     Sheet Metal Workers Local #7
     Boilermakers Local #169
     Laborers Local #1329
     Bricklayers Local #2
     Operating Engineers Local #324
     Carpenters/Millwrights Local 1510
     Iron Workers Local #8
     Painters Local #1011
     Insulators Local #47
     NMU Line Tech School
And Many Others!
Many thanks to Michigan Works! for their support and commitment to this event.
Lastly a special thanks to our other supporters:  Closner Construction, The Safety Store, TIC International Corp., Northern Wings Repair, The Boldt Company, OK Industrial Supply, Fabick Cat Marquette,  Gundlach Champion, Operation Action U.P., Berger & King, SuperValu Foods of Newberry, Midway Rentals and Sales, Luce County Fairgrounds, Luce County Sheriff Department,  AGC of Michigan, Bacco Construction, Luce County Ambulance Service, Luce County Airport, B & B Electrical Contractors, M.J. Electric, and Haas Factory Outlet.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
 


 

 

Don Ryan, The Ryan Report, talks to Tony Retaskie of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council

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MARQUETTE — Eighth grade students from Bothwell Middle School got an exclusive behind the scenes look of an ongoing construction project Thursday morning. The students visited the Stay Bridge Hotel construction site at the corner of Lincoln and Washington in Marquette. Students got to see first–hand how a construction site works. One soon to be high school student was very impressed with the tour. He plans on going into skilled trades once he graduates from high school. “I didn’t expect it to be so detailed on the inside on the interior of the construction site is way more complicated than what it really looks,” said Bothwell Middle School student Thomas Rama. “My whole family has been involved in construction and have done a lot of projects in construction with construction out in the areas of Escanaba and Gladstone,” Rama added. “There’s an opportunity for all of these young men and women to join the construction trades and the construction management sector if that’s the way they want to go,” said Peter Dupuis, project manager. Students spent about an hour touring the future hotel site, which is scheduled to be completed this fall.




L. to R.; Robert Morrow, Brian Dillon, Erik Samuelson

2015 U.P. Apprentice of the Year
Approximately 170 people met at the Ramada Inn in Marquette on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for the fifth annual Upper Peninsula Construction of the Year recognition banquet.
The winner of this year's award was Erick Samuelson, an apprentice member of U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.  The two finalists were Brian Dillon, Boilermakers Local 169 and Robert Morrow, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection panel was made u of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commission, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Mike Fornetti, NewPage Corporation, and Art Gischia, Northern Michigan University.
Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
2015 U.P. Apprentice of the Year
Approximately 170 people met at the Ramada Inn in Marquette on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for the fifth annual Upper Peninsula Construction of the Year recognition banquet.
The winner of this year's award was Erick Samuelson, an apprentice member of U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.  The two finalists were Brian Dillon, Boilermakers Local 169 and Robert Morrow, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection panel was made u of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commission, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Mike Fornetti, NewPage Corporation, and Art Gischia, Northern Michigan University.
Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.



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UP High School Construction Skills Challenge

On April 24, 2015 the Annual Upper Peninsula High School Construction Skills Challenge took place at the Northern Michigan University Jacobetti Center.  During the awards ceremony, Jim Ebli, president of Gundlach Champion, Inc., was presented the 2015 Construction Trades Achievement Award from his brother Tony.

Jim Ebli, President of GCI, and Tony Ebli

 

 


Light Up the Women's Center

4/20/15 3:37 PM

The Women's Center in Marquette is considered a ray of hope in dark times, but they were having some dark times themselves.

Phyllis Loonsfoot, of the Women's Center, said, "The lighting system we have in this whole building is very antiquated. We were running out of places to buy the bulbs that we needed to keep the building lit up."

The cost for replacing more than 200 light fixtures was too much for the women's center to handle. So they called for back up.

Loonsfoot said, "We put the word out in the community and a couple of local banks, Range Bank and Wells Fargo, provided donation money for the project and so did some community members. And then the rest just kind of fell into place."

Tony Retaskie, volunteer coordinator, said, "It's hard to have funding right now to pay for the labor portion of some of these projects so they were able to purchase the materials and we were able to donate the labor."

A group of electrician apprentices volunteered their time installing the new light fixtures.

Retaskie said, "It is an opportunity to give back to our community and to be able to save some energy here at the Women's Center and their electrical costs. By the year's end, we should save them more than $3,000 on their electrical costs alone, just by this lamping project."

Loonsfoot said, "I can't even find the words to talk about what it means to the Women's Center to have this kind of support. It's phenomenal. We're a non-profit. Non-profits struggle. We have times of feast and famine and it's really just a wonderful feeling when the community steps up and lends a helping hand in the way that they do. This is a very generous community."

JP Electric and Code Electric also donated to the cause.

Now the lights are back on in the Women's Center and it can continue to be a ray of hope in the community





       Joshua Mott                      Sarah Kossow                    Kirk Johnson
 

 

U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2014 

     Approximately 120 people met at the Ramada Inn in Marquette on Saturday, March 21, 2015 for the fourth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet.
     The winner of this year's award was Sarah Kossow, an apprentice member of Carpenter/Millwright Local 1510.  The two finalists were Joshua Mott from IBEW Local 979 and Kirk Johnson, Operating Engineers Local 324.
      This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


  Ironworker Apprentices who worked on the Marquette Skate Plaza, August  2013                                 Ironworker Festival, Mackinaw City





 
     

                              Erik Strom                     Robert Robertson, Jr.                   Brian Bonno

    U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2013 NAMED
 
Approximately 150 people met in the Explorer Rooms at Northern Michigan University on Saturday,March 29, 2014 for the third annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year's award was Robert Robertson Jr., an apprentice member of IBEW Local 1070. The two finalists were Brian Bonno, from Boilermakers Local 169, Area 4 and Erik Strom, also from Boilermakers Local 169, Area 4.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry. The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President Range Bank; Don Maki,Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, Northern Michigan University.
Altogether there were 22 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.



 

   
         Robert Robertson Jr.                   Jason Powell                         Craig Lanaville Jr.

                                              
  U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2012 NAMED



     Approximately 120 people met in the Explorer Rooms at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, February 16, 2013 for the second annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. 
The winner of this year's award was Craig Lanaville Jr., an apprentice member of IBEW Local 979. The two finalists were Robert Robertson Jr., from IBEW Local 1070 and Jason Powell, from Ironworkers Local 8.

     This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry. The selection panel was made up of JamesEbli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Area Public Schools; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank;Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Michael Fornetti, NewPage Corporation; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, Northern Michigan University.

Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

 

Tracy Bero — Apprentice of the Year
 
 A local electrical Apprentice has recently won an award for Apprentice of the Year. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union flew Tracy Bero to Washington DC where he received his award. He was honored as the top Construction Apprentice in all of the United States and Canada. Tracy currently works out of IBEW Local 979 and is employed by our local contractors and is a fourth year apprentice in the program. This is an outstanding award and says a lot about our local electrical apprentices and the caliber of the apprentice training program we have.


AGC of Michigan Presents 2012 Outstanding Safety Performance Awards

Battle Creek, Mich. – In an ongoing effort to promote safety in the commercial construction industry, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan presented its construction company members with 2012 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Awards in Battle Creek during the AGC of Michigan Annual Meeting today in Battle Creek.
 
“Construction will always be a dangerous business and the need for safety education, training and recognition is a focus of our association,” said AGC Chairman Ken Lawless (Clark Construction). “These awards recognize that AGC of Michigan contractor members take safety seriously and are among the industry’s leaders in protecting their company’s most valuable asset – their employees.”
These awards are based on lost work injury rates with zero being the best. Companies are grouped into divisions based on work hours generated during the award calendar year:
Division I: Under 50,000 work hours
Division II: Between 50,001- 100,000 work hours
Division III: Between 100,001-300,000 work hours

The award also are categorized by general contractor and specialty contractor. The award has 3 levels of achievement, gold, silver and bronze. The gold requires an injury rate of zero. The silver is an injury rate above zero, but not more than one and the bronze is an injury rate above 1, but not more than 2.
General Contractor - 2012 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Award

Division I – Gold Award
Alfredson Brothers Construction, Menominee

General Contractor - 2012 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Award

Division II – Gold Award
Closner Construction & Sales, Marquette
Gundlach Champion, Iron Mountain

Specialty Contractor - 2012 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Award

Division III – Gold Award
Bacco Construction Co., Iron Mountain


Training Excellence

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The Cornerstone Award for Training Excellence was given to Gundlach Champion, Inc., Iron Mountain, and Christman Constructors, Lansing.  This prestigious award recognizes and honors contractor contributions in advancing the quality of their workforce.

Hampton Inn Hotel


Hampton Inn Hotel
Project Category: $10 million or less
Contractor: Gunclach Champion, Inc., Iron Mountain
Project Owner: T.J. & R.M. Larson, Inc.
Project Designer: Barry J. Polzin Architects, Inc.
Project Size: $6,825,006

The first of its kind in Marquette, this Hampton Inn is a newly constructed, 58,000 square foot, three-story, wood framed structure built on a brownfield redevelopment site. The Inn boasts 84 guest rooms and suites, a pool and fitness center as well ...as a small meeting center. The structure is built lengthwise along the shore of Lake Superior, providing the guests with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed from many of the rooms or while eating in the breakfast room or on the patio as weather permits. It has received rave reviews from the Hilton Corporation and looks to be the benchmark that all other hospitality properties in the area will need to measure up to.
The project was bid more than 50 percent above budget. Due to poor soil conditions, the concrete had to remain as designed. To meet the budget, multiple design and structural changes were made while construction was underway. This fast-track method also included value engineering wherever practical. The pool and spa were built near the elevation of Lake Superior and required de-watering to enable construction. This also involved providing water barriers between the soil and the underside of the pool and spa structures.


 

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