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The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, April 2019 Issue

  • Project Highlights
  • Industrial Info
  • Dodge Pipeline
  • Spotlight on Safety, Training and Leadership
  • News and Resources For Contractors
  • News and Resources For Ironworkers
  • IMPACT and Iron Workers In The News
  • Upcoming Events

Industrial Info

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

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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.

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Two examples:
Wamego Power Plant Storage Building
CRP Cedar Creek Bridge

Project Highlights

I-74 River Bridge

The $1.4-billion, cable-stayed, Interstate 74 river bridge connecting Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois, is taking shape over the Mississippi River. Iron Workers Local 111 (Rock Island, IL) partnered with several contractors on this joint venture between the Iowa Dept. of Transportation and the Illinois Dept. of Transportation.

Civil Constructors, based in East Moline, IL, self-performed all bridge reinforcement work on the Iowa-bound approach. General contractor Kraemer North America in Plain, WI set steel girders and United Ironworkers, Inc. in Steeleville, IL performed rebar work on the Illinois-bound approach.

The basket-handle arch is being erected on the westbound interior pier. The ironworkers are lining up the splice plates and will begin securing it with about 1,200 bolts. Learn more

Safety, Leadership and Training

Safety Spotlight

OSHA Jobsite Inspections Likely to Increase

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told a house appropriations subcommittee last week that as soon as a new crop of OSHA agents completes training, he expects job site inspections to increase.

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Training Spotlight

IMPACT Training in May

Cash Management and Change Order Control: Techniques for Getting Paid

Ironworker Safety Director Training Course

Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals and Document Control & Measurement

Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce

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Leadership Spotlight

How to Keep Cash Flowing From Project to Project

For many contractors, financing jobs while investing in new work is a big balancing act that forces them to constantly weigh one financial obligation against another.
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Marcum Commercial Construction Index Reports Strong 2018 for Non-Residential Construction

Against the backdrop of record continued strength in the U.S. economy, nonresidential construction ended 2018 up 4.0% year-over-year for the month of December, while employment in the sector grew 2.6%, reports the Marcum Commercial Construction Index for the fourth quarter of last year.

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Nonresidential Building Index Up 0.5% In March

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 0.5% in March to 145.5 (2000=100) from the revised February reading of 144.8. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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Chamber Presses Congress to Pass Infrastructure Legislation

With the next round of infrastructure talks between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expected later this month, an influential group in Washington will keep working the sidelines to get a long-term bill across the finish line.

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Deal Or No Deal: PLAs In The Construction Industry

Project Labor Agreements are a frequent point of contention in the construction industry, particularly when private contractors are forced to sign these typically union-negotiated deals. The pushback is strong enough that stakeholders are doing what they can to get government-mandated PLAs banned at both the state and federal level.

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Modular Hotel Construction Building Momentum

Modular construction is carving a wide path through the hospitality industry: from small single level motel units in middle America to luxury hotels towering over the Las Vegas Strip. They are longer lasting, more energy efficient, cost effective and provide hoteliers a much shorter time to market.

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Contractor News & ResourcesContractor

Safety Summit Roundtable Meetings

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Zero Injury Safety Awards


National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) is pleased to announce that online applications for the 19th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards ®are now being accepted.

The Zero Injury Safety Awards® recognize the efforts of industrial owners, union contractors and building trade crafts for outstanding safety performance on their projects.

NMAPC is also accepting applications for work performed under the National Construction Agreement. Find out more about the ZISA criteria here.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 17, 2019. There is a $100 administrative fee per application.

Make plans to attend the ZISA® Dinner Gala on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Last year’s ceremony honored 133 winning teams, which accounted for more than 29 million injury-free hours worked on industrial construction sites.

Questions? Contact Wayne Creasap, NMAPC Senior Director of Environmental Health and Safety, at 703.887.0455 or via e-mail at

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Barriers to Implementation Update

Although the pressures of individual project performance can often obscure organizational performance improvement, best practices implemented across a portfolio of projects can provide the greatest overall benefit and eventually help organizations achieve more consistent success.

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Ironworker News & Resources

Washington DOSH Pursues New Reinforcing Steel Safety Standards

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries confirmed decision to pursue new reinforcing steel and post-tensioning standards proposed by the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

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Ironworker Safety Director Training Course

Ironworkers tend to make the best safety directors because they understand the work. The course increases job opportunities for ironworkers in company safety roles and helps retain veteran ironworkers. Partner contractors benefit from competent and qualified ironworkers with new safety skills.

Increase your career opportunities by building on your trade knowledge! Learn the administration, implementation and maintenance of safety and health programs. Raise the standard of safety performance for our members and contractors.

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Ironworkers Are Hardworking, Dedicated to Communities

Ironworkers from local 3 in Pittsburgh and their contractors helped U.S. Steel repair damaged facilities at the Clairton Coke Works. The well-paying jobs provided through U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works are an important part of Pittsburgh’s diverse economy.

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IMPACT & Iron Workers In the NewsIMPACT

Utah High Schoolers Battle in Welding, Fabrication Contest

During the Skills USA welding and fabrication competition at the Iron Workers Local 27 Training Center in Magna, 28 teams made up of students from 24 Utah high schools battled to move on to the national competition. The event was sponsored by Iron Workers Local 27 to promote the trades and motivate students to achieve greater skill levels through competition.

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Bald Eagle Erectors Keeps Native Traditions Alive

Dave Bice served in the Marine Corps from 1977 to 1980 and then joined the Iron Workers union on return to civilian life. He continues to be a member of Iron Workers Local 512 in Twin Cities even though he started Bald Eagle Erectors in 1994.

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Employee-Owned Firm Builds on a Century of Success

Builders Steel Company of North Kansas City, Missouri, which specializes in structural steel fabrication and erection, can trace its roots back nearly a century. If there a ‘secret’ to the longevity of Builders Steel Company – besides doing excellent work – it would likely boil down to two main things: collective ownership and a customer focus.

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Final Beam Raised On New Saugus Middle-High School

Ironworkers from local 7 in Boston raised the final beam in the construction of a new, 270,000-square-foot Saugus middle-high school.

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LA Stadium Reaches Milestone with Completion of Outer Shell of Canopy

Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood celebrated a milestone: the completion of the outer shell of the canopy that will sit above the bowl. “The topping out celebration is held to acknowledge the ironworkers and all the men and women on site,” said roof structure project manager Daniel Schmitt.

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Upcoming Events

Safety Summit Roundtable Meeting May 8, 2019
Cash Management and Change Order Control: Techniques for Getting Paid May 9, 2019
Ironworker Safety Director Training Course – May 13-17, 2019
Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals and Document Control & Measurement – May 14-15, 2019
Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce – May 15, 2019
Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce – May 16, 2019
AFPM 2019 International Petrochemical Conference – May 22-23, 2019
ENR Ground Breaking Women – May 23-24, 2019

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