The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, December 2018 Issue
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Keeyask Generating Station
The massive, 695-megawatt Keeyask hydroelectric generating station project is being developed in a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and 4 Manitoba First Nations.
Members from the Iron Workers Local 728 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with every field local in Canada, have worked over 1 million hours on the project since 2014 and they are expected to work another half a million hours.
The ironworkers have been keeping up with aggressive target schedules without failing to meet deadlines, while maintaining a safe and quality work environment.
When completed, Keeyask will add approximately 4,400 Gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year to Manitoba Hydro’s total supply, which is enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.
Safety, Leadership and Training
Potentially Hazardous Nanomaterials
Microscopic nano-particles are part of the mix in nearly 600 construction products. But many construction workers lack basic awareness of the fact that these super-small particles are in the materials and the unresolved health issues that they pose.
IMPACT Training in February
Mitigating the Risks of Technology
Robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technology that empowered a number of industries has undeniably made its way to construction sites. New tools come with new risks and new ways to manage those risks.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative released a list of products imported from China that will be subject to additional tariffs as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property. Fabricated structural steel was added for consideration to the Section 301 tariff list due in part to AISC’s advocacy and testimony at the USTR Section 301 public hearing in Washington, D.C. Read more
Construction technology is advancing every day, presenting contractors with more tools to meet their long-term growth and efficiency goals. Even if the labor shortage isn’t letting up. Read more
The construction market has grown during the past eight years, but there has been an underlying question of when the construction boom would end. Now, there is a growing sense that the market has one more good year of expansion, but the end is near. Read more
The price tag for a potential $1 trillion-plus U.S. infrastructure program could increase by millions when adding in the extra costs of President Donald Trump’s tariffs, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Read more
While it’s more common for large construction companies to be using sophisticated technologies on their jobsites than smaller firms, a new study shows that more than half of contractors are using an “advanced construction technology.” Read more
Contractor News & Resources
North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference
IMPACT Co-Chair and Ben Hur CEO Bill Brown shares why it’s important to attend the 2019 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference. Register here
2018 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference set a record with nearly 1200 attendees! The conference served as a platform for innovative ideas and latest industry intelligence. Check out the 2018 recap video!
2018 Project of the Year
Projects must be completed and submitted within the calendar year, Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2018. Winners will be announced at the 2019 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference. Each winning contractor will receive an FMI course valued at $10,000. Submit here
Mark your calendars! Registration opens on January 2, 2019.
BuiltWorlds Venture Chicago Conference
Building Ventures recently announced that it closed its $53 million fund. The early-stage investor fund is targeting innovative solutions to help the build industry become sustainable. The fund surpassed its initial target.
BuiltWorlds has been following the work of Building Ventures and its Co-Founder Jesse Devitte for a while. It’s excited to announce that Jesse will be speaking at the Venture Chicago Conference on April 4, 2019. The event is exclusive to BuiltWorlds members.
Latino-owned Small Businesses Fuel U.S. Economy
Read insightful opinion editorial about Latino-owned small businesses by IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton. Read more
Planning for Startup
Ironworker News & Resources
Construction Industry More Vulnerable to Opioid Addiction
Construction workers are seven times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than others. Iron Workers International Chief of Staff Kevin Byrnes shares statistics and thoughts on building partnerships with customers to find solutions.
IMPACT & Iron Workers In the News
Ironworkers’ Training in Hamilton Gets Funding
The Canadian federal government announced $285,000 in funding for the Iron Workers Local 736 in Hamilton to support its Welder Training and Testing Capacity Increase project. It will help the local purchase such equipment as a mobile welding training trailer, welding machines and a floor press to train apprentices from key groups facing barriers, such as women, indigenous people and newcomers. Read more
Winter Won’t Stop Red Wing Bridge Project
Iron Workers Local 512 in St. Paul, MN is working on the Minnesota side of the $63.4 million Red Wing Bridge project. It’s the 3rd bridge crossing the Mississippi River on which the local has worked this year. Read more
From Welding to Beading, Ironworker lives Interesting Life
Holly Johnson works for the Iron Workers Local 704 in Chattanooga, TN as an ironworker apprentice. Ironworkers from local 704 have built dams, hydro plants, steam plants and nuclear power plants. “My job is amazing,” Johnson said. “I have never been given this kind of opportunity and I have my union to thank for that.” Read more
Advanced Layout and Total Station Jan 14 – 18, 2019
Construction Contracting Business Fundamentals Academy Jan 14-18, 2019
Succession Planning for the Ironworking Industry Jan 14-15, 2019
Leadership Development Academy Jan 14-16, 2019
Business Plan Development Workshop Jan 16-18, 2019
Lead With Respect Jan 17-18, 2019
Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals and Document Control & Measurement Jan 17-18, 2019
Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Workshop: Mastering Personal Productivity Jan 17, 2019