Carpenters join other Building Trades to develop and build a new city park

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TAKING A MOMENT to encourage voter participation before completing the project, Carpenter Instructor Jerry Porter and School Coordinator Dale Newlin are photographed with the apprentices.

Last month, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) volunteered their time and donated building materials, alongside other building trades locals and union contractors, to assist the City of Portage with building a new city park.

Portage Mayor James Snyder and city park Project Manager Dan Komenda asked the unions to help build a new park for Portage. Ten IKORCC carpenter apprentices from Locals 1005, 1485 and 599 accepted the challenge and came together to build a new picnic shelter as part of their apprenticeship training. Carpenter Instructor Jerry Porter and School Coordinator Dale Newlin oversaw the work of the apprentices.

Mayor Snyder, who has been a long-time supporter of local unions, was proud to have union talent on the project. “Without the contribution of time from the various building trades, Brookview Park would not have been possible,” said Snyder. “Portage is grateful to the workers and their leadership in helping us maintain a high standard community and a bright future for our children.”

“It was a privilege to work with Mayor Snyder and his team to help build out Brookview Park,” said IKORCC Representative Ron Necco. “I know residents have been waiting a long time for this, and it was an honor to get to be part of the project. Giving back to our communities is what the local Building Trades community does on a regular basis. When we get to be part of something that betters the community and is great for local families, there’s nothing better than that.”

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Reg-ional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects. The hallmark of the regional council is three-fold: training, professionalism and partnerships for economic development.

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