July ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters,

Many months ago I encouraged readers of this space to take the time during the pandemic to evaluate their perspective on life looking forward rather than backward.  As we move to the end of this period of reflection, what have you learned?  Have you learned a new skill, made a new Zoom friend or taken up a hobby?  What about your relationships?  Are they better for this time or are some fractured?  

Once again this is a time to see where you stand.  What changes has this time of reflection made in your perspective on all facets of life and relationships.  What changes will you maintain and what will you jettison?

Moving forward is never easy, remaining static is a poor option.  The future favors the bold.

NEIEP has announced that apprentice training classes will resume in-person instruction for the Fall semester starting in August.  This is the first time since March of 2020 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that face-to-face teaching will take place.  In response, this has given Local 17 the time to complete the renovation of our new school building on Engle Road across from the Ford plant.  Plans are to have the building ready for the start of classes.

Congratulations to Brothers Sean Canning, Brian Chambers, Shane Huff, Cory Ptak, Brian Seither and Rob Timko on passing the Mechanics Exam.  This is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade you will ever have.  Make the most of your time in the trade to make things better for you having been here.  Another large thank you to Rick Myers for assisting the new mechanics in their review of the material.  

There are four test-eligible apprentices and 18 in the program.  The plan is to have those apprentices in 100 and 300 classes.

Where are they working…

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at Carnegie Towers for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Eastland Heights installing a car for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a three-car mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at CFC Main Campus doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Ken Bowles working in Akron on AMHA modernization jobs,

Jerry Szmerekovsky, Pat Kelly and two Akron apprentices at Lordstown installing a freight for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Chris Boggess and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at MetroHealth for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dan Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Mesko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy doing a three-car mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH Main Campus for Schindler,

Matt Wiegart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko, and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaffer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Russell Barrows at Rockside Park doing a mod for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one car at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at CMHA Stokes for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford At Baldwin House in Berea doing a two-car mod for Thyssen,

Jason Fredericks and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Case 49 Building for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens doing a one-car mod at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing a freight car at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Marc Carollo at J&M Advisors doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at Citiview Nursing for Gable. 

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Pat Zubal whose father passed away.

As of this writing there are two mechanics on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net