Volume 50, Issue 12 - December 2015

Contract Glazing

Iron Workers Program Prepares Women Welders for Pre-Apprenticeship

Women seeking membership as apprentice ironworkers recently were able to complete a class with the University of Iron, the apprenticeship program of the Iron Workers District Council of the State of California and Vicinity. Women from across the U.S. were recruited to participate in the training program, and 17 graduated from the course on October 3.

The women attended classes nine hours a day six days a week for three weeks for a total of 162 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Classes included orientation, fire watch, traffic flagger, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR, welding, and rigging. All classes included training to learn knots, measurement, oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, and material handling. The students traveled from six states, including 12 from all over California, to participate in the program.

The courses were held at the Benicia Training Center, the hub for the Bay Area Iron Workers apprenticeship and journeyman training.
And in other news, California Field Ironworkers Training Trust leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $5.5 million apprenticeship training center in San Diego on October 27. The Training Trust, also known as the “University of Iron,” is the training and apprenticeship program for Iron Workers Local 229 (San Diego) and has other training centers located throughout California and Nevada.

Elected officials, contractors and Iron Workers representatives attended the ceremony, which marked the completion of the University of Iron’s 10,000- square-foot facility on Beech Street. The new training center boosts the University of Iron’s apprenticeship program, adding 26 welding booths and three large classrooms.

Walters & Wolf Tops List of Specialty Contractors

Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently released its “Top 600 Specialty Contractors” list, which includes ENR’s top-20 list of firms in glazing and curtainwall. All 20 firms combined had revenue of just over $1 billion in 2014, with the top three accounting for more than half of that.
Walters & Wolf moved up three spots to No. 1 on the list, having recorded $217.2 million in revenue in 2014—a 21-percent increase from 2013.
Harmon Inc. held its spot at No. 2 with $202.8 million in revenue in 2014, W&W Glass was third at $100 million and Karas & Karas was fourth at $71.1 million.
Enclos, which ranked No. 1 last year and No. 2 the year before, was not included this year. According to USGlass magazine’s 2015 list of top contract glaziers, the company recorded $271.5 million in revenue last year.

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