Minnesota sheet metal workers create opportunities with new learning lab

The pandemic didn’t slow down progress at Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Beginning in March 2020, construction began on the training center’s new 3,700-square-foot commercial service and architectural lab. The inside of the building is designed as a commercial service lab while the outside was created to serve as an…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduates seventh class

Soon-to-be military veterans prepare for careers after service SMART Heroes graduated six members of the United States military from its program Monday, Feb. 22 at its Colorado location, Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate, service members completed a seven-week course to earn the equivalent of…
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New Jersey’s Local 27 unveils new testing, adjusting, balancing lab

Members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 27 in central and southern New Jersey will now have access to their own testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) lab, the 23rd such lab to be accredited among the more than 140 training centers in the country. It has been a lengthy process, but completion of the project will…
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Kimbel retires from ITI after 30 years of service

Judy Kimbel, longtime administrative assistant and “wearer of many hats” at the International Training Institute (ITI), announced her retirement, which was effective Feb. 1. Kimbel started her career in sheet metal with the National Pension Fund in 1986. After three years, she moved to the Stabilization Agreement for the Sheet Metal Industry (SASMI) for another…
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Active duty, veterans graduate from SMART Heroes 20th class

Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps to enter sheet metal apprenticeship Five active members of the United States military and three veterans graduated as the 20th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Dec. 14, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine…
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Caricato takes leadership role in architectural sheet metal training

San Diego resident named specialist, field representative for national organization   FAIRFAX, Va. – Chris Caricato, training director for Sheet Metal Workers Local 206 in San Diego, recently joined the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, as an architectural sheet metal specialist and field representative. Caricato has spent nearly…
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Simons joins national sheet metal organization as BIM specialist

Madison native takes leadership role with International Training Institute FAIRFAX, Va. ­– The International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, has named Madison, Wisconsin, native Carl Simons as its building information modeling (BIM) specialist and field representative. Simons hails from Sheet Metal Workers Local 18, where he began integrating software…
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Tale of two cities: reopening sheet metal training centers in 2020

There are more than 140 union sheet metal training centers in the United States and Canada, and they vary in size — from city to rural, a few dozen apprentices to 1,000, and small geographic areas to entire states and beyond. Every training center, funded by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and…
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Local 7 apprentices, leadership help Michigan residents after May flood

While cooped-up residents were getting ready for the first signs of summer, residents of Sanford, Michigan, were picking up the pieces and sweeping away mud and water to see what the Tittabawassee River had left behind. In May, an abundance of rain left dams to fail and the river to flood, taking the town of…
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Fifth class of Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduate

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers Four members of the United States military graduated as the sixth class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Monday, Oct. 12, at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Sgt. William Hughes…
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