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The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, January 2019 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

Two examples:

Morrison Truck Tire Manufacturing Plant Expansion

Bellefontaine Grassroot 93.15MW Buckeye Wind Projet

Dodge Pipeline

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

Two examples:

CR-249 Bridge Replacements

Wamego Power Plant Storage Building

Project Highlights

Garrison Crossing Bridges

E.S. Fox Ltd. with Iron Workers Local 721 built and replaced the $20 million, iconic landmark Garrison Crossing Bridges, at Old Fort York in Toronto, Ontario. It will connect the surrounding park system and communities with Fort York and the waterfront. The project included installation of two new “dall” stainless steel bridges, first of their kind in Canada. One of the largest crawler cranes in North America was assembled for the super-lift. Learn more

Alliance Grain Terminal

Dynamic Installations and its long-term partner, Iron Workers Local 97 in Vancouver, British Columbia installed and upgraded the outdated shipping system at the Alliance Grain Terminal (AGT) in Vancouver harbor. Construction on mainland began just over a year ago, and was completed in August last year to facilitate the peak export season. Each aspect of the project required expertise and skills of several teams and Dynamic Installations relied heavily on Local 97 to meet those needs. Learn more

Safety, Leadership and Training

Safety Spotlight

OSHA Crane Operator Certification Final Rule

OSHA recently published a final rule clarifying certification requirements for crane operators, requiring employers to ensure that operators receive
the necessary training to safely operate the equipment.

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Training Spotlight

IMPACT Training in February

Project Manager Development Academy

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery and Lean Project Planning

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Leadership Spotlight

How to Create a Modular Project Contract

Modular building has been around in various forms since the mid-1800s, but its big boom in recent years eclipses its long, steady history.
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How Tech Giants Are Driving US Construction Trends

ConstructConnect, which lists the top 10 largest project groundbreakings in the U.S. each month, counted nine “high-tech data and fulfillment center” projects in 2018. Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft were among prominent owners. Read more

Despite Market Growth, Contractors Should Still ‘Recession Proof’

Management consulting and investment banking firm FMI predicts that engineering and construction industry growth across all types of projects – both residential and nonresidential – should continue for the next 18 to 24 months, albeit at a slightly slower pace than in previous years, at 3% versus 5% recorded in both 2017 and 2018. Read more

Markets Are Signaling Higher 2019 Recession Odds

For investors attempting to adjust their portfolios in anticipation of a recession by the end of 2020, recent economic indicators carry a message: they may have to prepare for the downturn to start as early as 2019 despite stocks enjoying a recent “dead-cat bounce.” Read more

Hackers Maybe Targeting Contractors Bidding Big Projects

Construction companies preparing bids for high-profile projects may be targets of a cyber attack. Hackers may want to steal intellectual property, commit invoice fraud, or obtain valuable information about a high-profile project and pass it on to a rival. Read more

Contractor News & Resources

North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Conference

2019 North American Iron Workers/Impact Conference

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TAUC Union Craft Labor Survey

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) released its “2019 TAUC Union Craft Labor Supply Survey” on Monday, January 14, 2019 to collect responses from industry professionals across the nation. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, February 8, 2019. This marks TAUC’s 5th year, surveying the union construction and maintenance industry on the current and prospective supply of union craft labor. Please complete the survey and feel free to pass along to your team.

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NASCC: The Steel Conference

Prices will increase on a weekly basis, so the sooner your register for the conference, the more you save. The conference will feature over 140 sessions, an extensive trade show, and plenty of opportunities for networking!

Complimentary Exhibit Hall Pass ($25 value):
Enter discount code: VIPEXPO

The Steel Conference exhibitors have the opportunity to invite clients to the exhibit hall with a complimentary pass. It’s valid for one individual admission to the exhibit hall on Thursday and Friday:
* Entrance to the Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday
* Exhibit Hall Coffee Breaks

The pass is not valid for Wednesday, April 3. Attendees may register for these events for an additional cost through the website linked below.

Register Here

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.

Apply here

Safety Performance through Operational Discipline

RT-317 defined the term “operational excellence” for construction project safety as “doing the right thing, the right way, every time, even when no one is watching.” Using that guiding philosophy, the CII team reviewed existing literature and met with subject matter experts, both within the research team and outside. Using that knowledge and an external validation survey, Rt-317 developed a rigorous model for operational excellence in regards to construction project safety. Read more

Click here to view the CII Knowledge Base

Ironworker News & Resources

Child Identification Program

Every year, approximately 800,000 children in the United States and 50,000 in Canada go missing. A child goes missing every 40 seconds. One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date photo with descriptive information. The FBI recommends that parents and guardians have such information ready the instant a child is reported missing. The Iron Workers and IMPACT have partnered with the National Child Identification Program to help protect children and grandchildren of the members and their employers with Child ID Kits.

The Child ID Kit is a simple, yet effective tool to help law enforcement in locating a missing child. It helps law enforcement to scan a missing child’s fingerprints into the National Crime Information Center Database faster.

Child ID Kits were mailed to Iron Workers local unions and partner contractors this month. Please contact Mark Salmans at for more kits. If you have any questions, please contact the IMPACT office at (800) 545-4921 or

Preventing Harassment to Make Jobsites Safer and Productive

ENR named Iron Workers General Organizer Vicki O’Leary a 2018 Top 25 Newsmaker in recognition of her groundbreaking work to advance diversity and prevent workplace harassment. Read more

IMPACT & Iron Workers In the News

Help Wanted. No, Good Help Wanted.

The Iron Workers with its contractor-ironworker partnership IMPACT, has been busy developing new programs for construction personnel to help them succeed. Read more

Sheffield Ironworkers Build Fence for Fallen Marine’s Memorial

Iron Workers Local 477 in Sheffield, Alabama is making a special fence for a fallen soldier’s memorial. The project would normally cost more than $15,000, but they are doing it for free. Read more

I-74 Bridge Construction Crews Work Safely, Despite Winter Chills

People often say it’s always construction season. That means when the temperatures drop, the cranes on the Mississippi still go up with crews working through the ice and snow on the I-74 bridge project.
“Iron workers are a special breed of folks. When you look at what kind of environments that they work in, they’re working in heights, they’re working suspended over a river.” Read more

Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Astoria Iron Workers

Byran Brady II, training facility coordinator for Iron Workers Local 40/361 in Astoria, New York represented ironworkers at the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Industry Advisory Recognition Brunch. At the brunch, Nassau BOCES administrators, government officials, community leaders, and Barry Tech alumni honored the Iron Workers and other industry partners. Read more

Topping Off Ceremony Marks Quicken Loans Arena Milestone

A major construction milestone in the transformation to update and modernize the 25-year old, publicly-owned Quicken Loans Arena was celebrated with a special topping off ceremony. Read more

Upcoming Events

Project Manager Development Academy Feb 5 – 7, 2019
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery and Lean Project Planning Feb 15 -16, 2019
2019 North American Iron Workers / IMPACT Conference Feb 24 – 27, 2019