May ’18 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Happy May Day!

The close of March 2018 brought to an end the career of Brother Ray Bowles. Ray was fortunate enough to have made a career at one of Cleveland’s premier properties, Landmark Office Tower.

I cannot say enough good about Ray. He was a long time officer of the Local, most recently serving as a Trustee. His steady hand and even manner helped guide the Local through some very rough times. He was also very willing to take the time to teach anyone who would ask about the in’s and outs of the equipment he shepherded over his 30-year tenure as a resident or answer any questions about the Local’s finances.

I was fortunate to substitute for Ray a couple of times when he took vacation. The job was intimidating but not overwhelming. When I showed up on Friday to shadow him for the day he gave me two things: a yellow wire nut and a single rag. When I asked what they were for he told me the wire nut was to block the Otis doors when I got off at a landing and the rag was to clean the equipment “and I’d better get them both back!”

And he did.

He also said that when someone could snatch the wire nut from his hands he would leave. Well, Pat Kenney snatched the nut.

The torch has been passed.

Local 17 will open up recruitment on July 16th. To apply for a position, the candidate must go to the NEIEP website,, click on Careers and cursor does to the lower left of the page and select the option for Local 17, Cleveland. They must also complete all the requirements in order to be considered for a spot on the list. Good luck to all interested in joining the best local in the best trade in the trades.

The Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner has a new home. The 2018 edition of this annual crowd pleaser will be held on May 18, 2018 at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Rd, Independence, Ohio. As always, retirees are free and members pay $35 at the door. There is a choice this year of steak or chicken cordon bleu, so get your reservations in as soon as possible.


Where are they working?

John Goggin and Brian Chambers at the Federal Reserve hanging travel cords for Schindler,

Tony Kuhn and Ken Eaton installing two eight-stop hydros at Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village for Thyssen,

Tom Gombar and Tim Moore at RTA doing oil lines,

Jim Thompson and Pat Pollack doing a three car mod at Cedar-Brainard for Otis,

Chris Scholle is in Columbus on a rail crew at Mt. Carmel for Thyssen,

Chris Wyant and Zach Lanum at Sisters of Notre Dame installing two hydros for Schindler,

John Patton doing retrofits at Embassy Suites in North Canton for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows at Vanguard Apartments in Beachwood for Kone,

John Goggin and Tim Lieb doing comp chains North Point for Schindler,

Brett Oloflin in from Local 45 adjusting at West 25th Street Lofts for Kone,

Christino DeJesus and Jim Rogers installing a five-stop 3300 at West 9th Street Lofts for Schindler,

Scott Hicks and Ryan Todd at Baldwin Wallace College installing a four-stop 3300 for Schindler,

John Patton and Heath Kramer at Stokes Federal Building shortening cables for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrow at the Cleveland Athletic Club installing two cars for Kone.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother John Larsen who passed away February 11 and retired Brother Ralph Butler who passed away February 15.

As of this writing there is one mechanic and two apprentices on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.


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