August ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

On June 12, Local 17 held its golf outing at Hickory Nut Golf Course in Columbia Station.  This is the only event we were able to hold last year due to Covid and the first this year given the relaxation of restrictions due to the pandemic.  Taking home the Green Jacket is the team of Brother Rob Hansen and his son Robbie, Brother Mike Wickham and Chris Peterson who carded a 12-under par 60 for the 18-hole event.

For more photos of the event go to the Local 17’s website,

After the Spring semester finals, Brothers Brandyn Alley, James Hirz, Deven Shields and Jason Tischler are eligible to take the mechanics exam.  Congratulations and good luck in the home stretch.

Apprentices will be back in the classroom again August 9th for an orientation meeting with NEIEP Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling in our new classroom building at 5145 Engle Road in Brookpark.  Apprentices will be taking 100 and 300 classes as well as having the opportunity to take the 500 Pipe and Wire Lab and the Hydraulic Controller Lab.  These are not mandatory but highly encouraged.

The work situation in Cleveland is strong.  Within the previous two months, Schindler picked up at least eight probationary apprentices.  The company currently has the lion’s share of the work but other signatory companies are picking up as well.

As of right now, Local 17 recruitment will be held after the first of the year.  Please watch this space as well as the Local’s website for updates and links as they become available.

The Elevator Licensing Bill (HB 107) passed the Ohio House 81-9 and is currently sitting in the Senate awaiting a vote.  The Bill as introduced, would establish licensing requirements for elevator constructors in Ohio.  This puts constructors on par with other skilled trades, medical and dental professionals as well as other licensed professionals doing business in the state.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Kevin Driscoll 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.


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