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The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, October 2018 Issue

Industrial Info

IMPACT provides Industrial Information Resources’ (IIR) PEC reports to partner Local Unions and District Councils. PEC reports identify specific project related data. Learn More

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Dodge Pipeline

IMPACT provides complementary Dodge Pipeline access to all partner contractors and local unions. Learn more

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Project Highlights

Raiders Stadium

Approximately 160 members from Iron Workers Locals 433 (Las Vegas) and 416 (Los Angeles) with Derr & Isbell Construction LLC (Euless, Texas) and CMC Rebar (Las Vegas) started work on the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Raiders Stadium in May. They are working on the stadium’s state-of-the-art retractable doors and glass-domed roof. The partner contractors are working with general contractors Mortenson Construction Co. and McCarthy Building Cos. in installing 65-ton truss assemblies to hold the exterior of the stadium and support the translucent polymer roof. The project is expected to be completed before June, 2020. Learn more

Kellogg School of Management

Ventana Design-Build Systems and Mid-States Glass and Metal, Inc. with Iron Workers Local 63 in Chicago supplied and installed 160,000 square feet of curtain wall on the 415,000-square-foot building. The system utilizes triple-insulated glass for superior thermal performance and glass fins to limit solar heat gain. The facility provides a home for the Kellogg MBA program and the department of economics. It features classrooms, flexible learning environments, faculty and administrative offices, community spaces and a food service area. Learn more

Safety, Leadership and Training

Safety Spotlight

OSHA Considers Silica Rule Changes

OSHA is asking for input on potential changes to its silica rule standard, according to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Management and Budget Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

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Training Spotlight

IMPACT Training in November

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Leadership Spotlight

4 Answers to Common Collaboration Hiccups

Collaboration among multiple stakeholders is nothing new in the construction industry, but more contractors are solidifying relationships through integrated project delivery methods such as those completed through joint ventures and design-build systems that require teamwork.

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3 Things to Consider Before Voting in the Midterm Elections

We all know the nation’s infrastructure is in a fragile state. But much of the argument in Washington over fixing it is focused on funding new infrastructure projects. One possible way is through an increase in the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. The tax is currently 18.4 cents for gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel fuel. Read more

Dodge: 2019 Construction Starts to Hold Steady at $808B

Total construction starts in 2019 will inch up to $808.3 billion according to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook report, which was released at Dodge Data & Analytics’ 80th annual Outlook Executive Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Read more

OSHA Releases Free Silica Compliance Tools for Contractors

In an effort to help contractors comply with its new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, OSHA has released instructional videos and other free educational materials about the topic. Read more

Specialty Contractors Market ‘Hot,’ Says ENR

Subcontractors on Engineering News-Record’s 2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractors list generated a total $124 billion of revenue in 2017, up 10% from 2016 and marking the seventh year in a row that earnings for this group increased. ENR said the “hot” market subcontractors are enjoying right now should last at least another 12 to 18 months. Read more

AGC: Hourly Construction Wages Exceed $30 For First Time Ever

Wages are 10.7% higher than the average for private nonfarm earners, but still might not be enough to lure workers and adequately staff projects, experts say. Read more

Ironworker News & Resources

2018 National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. The week-long event highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.
Mark your calendars for November 12-18, 2018, to celebrate the fourth annual National Apprenticeship Week across the country. Please join the movement by hosting an event or participating in an event near you! Don’t forget to register your event. Register here

Iron Workers Veterans’ Pre-Apprenticeship Program

The pilot Iron Workers pre-apprenticeship program for veterans took place on September 26th at the University of Iron in Benicia, California. First of its kind in the industry, the pre-apprenticeship training serves as a precursor to the Iron Workers (IW) 4-year intensive apprenticeship training program.  Visit website

Contractor News & Resources

2018 Project of the Year

OSHA Clarifies Position on Drug Testing & Safety Incentive Policies

In a memorandum to Regional Administrators dated October 11, 2018, OSHA clarified its previous position regarding drug testing policies and safety incentive programs. When the requirement was originally promulgated, OSHA took the position that certain drug testing and safety incentive policies could discriminate against employees, deter employees from reporting work-related injuries and illnesses.
OSHA’s clarification letter comes after a multitude of complaints from labor and management organizations about the agency’s failure to knowledge the merits of drug-free workplace and safety incentive programs that recognize outstanding safety performance. OSHA has failed to substantiate its concerns about such programs discriminating against or influencing employees not to report injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Historically, Drug testing and safety incentive policies have produced measurable results for partner contractors and ironworker members across the country. Read more

Effective Management Practices & Technologies for Lessons Learned Programs

Lessons Learned (LL) is knowledge gained from experience, successful or otherwise, for the purpose of improving future performance. In an effort to promote success and achievement, each company should develop a Lessons Learned Program (LLP). A LLP involves the people, processes, and tools that support an organization’s collection, analysis, and implementation of validated lessons learned. People possess the organizational knowledge. The processes must be structured to allow people to easily collect, analyze, and share knowledge. The program tools must then allow the knowledge transfer between individuals. Read more

Shell and Partners Sanction LNG Canada Project

Royal Dutch Shell and its four Asian partners have taken final investment decision on the estimated C$40 billion ($31.2 billion) liquefaction and export facility project LNG Canada, and will commence construction works “immediately,” Kallanish Energy reports. Read more
     If You Don’t Value It, Your Customers Won’t
In today’s environment, we would be hard pressed to find anyone to argue against the idea that “time” is the most valuable commodity to most business people. We are bombarded with an endless “to do list” at work and at home. The demand on our time accelerates as we grow our companies, build new foundations, enter new markets, and introduce new products and services. Learn more

ENR Top Specialty Contractors 2018

Proud of our partner contractor winners! Congratulations!
Partner contractors in the glazing and curtain wall top 20 firms category Rank
Enclose Corp. 1
Benson Industries 2
W&W Glass LLC 3
Crown Corr Inc. 4
Karas & Karas Glass Co. Inc. 6
Pioneer Cladding & Glazing Systems LLC 7
Alliance Glazing Technologies 8
TSI Corp. 12
Haley-Greer Inc. 13
Architectural Wall Systems LLC 17
Ajay Glass Co. 18
National Enclosure Co. 19
Partner contractors in the steel erection top 20 firms category Rank
Schuff Steel Co. 1
SME Steel 2
Midwest Steel 3
Danny’s Construction Co. LLC 6
Sowles Co. 7
Washington Iron Works 11
Patriot Erectors Inc. 12
National Steel City 14
APEX Steel Inc. 16
K&K Iron Works LLC 19
G.M. McCrossin Inc. 20
The impressive strength of the market can be seen in the results of this year’s ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list. The Top 600 generated revenue of $124.04 billion in 2017, up 10% over the $112.72 billion in 2016, and a 23.5% hike from $100.43 billion the year before. Top 600 revenue now has risen for seven straight years. Full List

IMPACT & Iron Workers In the News

Gordie Howe International Bridge Construction Starts

Congratulations to Bridging North America Partners on winning the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project. Thank you WDBA-APWD for the partnership! Read more

Building a Small Business That’s Tougher Than Steel

Founder of Philadelphia-based Iron Lady Enterprises and the first African-American woman member of Philadelphia Iron Workers Local 405. Montague founded her nationally certified concrete reinforcement, bridge repair and materials supply firm after a 20-year stint working in the Philadelphia Naval Yard, welding and building ships for the U.S. Navy. Iron Lady Enterprises has done work on projects including improvements to New York MTA platform infrastructure and Interstate 95, a major highway on the East Coast. Iron Lady also helped to update the Commodore Barry Bridge and build the new Philadelphia Convention Center. Read more

Enclos Tops ENR’s Glazing and Curtain Wall List for Second Consecutive Year

The top firms in the glazing and curtain wall category totaled just under $1.5 billion, compared to $1.65 billion in 2017. Partner contractor Enclos topped the list for the second consecutive year. Partner contractor Benson Industries was second on the list this year.  Read more

Tradeswomen Seek Bigger Role in Industry Growth

Some 2,200 union tradeswomen from across the U.S. focused on growing their numbers and industry leadership roles-but also on solutions to jobsite sexual harassment and other issues-at the Women Build Nations conference in Seattle Oct. 12-14. Female craftworkers “are key to the future of the building trades,” said Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. Read more

#MeToo in Construction

The Iron Workers’ “Be That One Guy” campaign was featured in ENR! Read more

Upcoming Events

AWS – Fabtech 2018 – November 5-9, 2018
Southeast RAB Meeting – November 14-15, 2018
Coaching and Mentoring –  November 15, 2018
Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Workshop – November 15, 2018