Habitat for Humanity in western Ohio benefits from Local 18’s skill


Instructors from the Cygnet training center donated their time and skill for Habitat for Humanity projects in Fremont and Weston. Instructors Scott Miller, Curtis Miller and Manny Gutierrez dug crawl spaces for houses in Weston and Fremont and will return to backfill and finish grade each project. Manny Gutierrez will also excavate the garage and cut in the driveway on the Fremont house. Use of the larger excavator was donated by Ohio Cat. The other equipment belongs to the training center. Thanks to Scott, Curtis and Manny for lending a hand on these worthwhile projects.

Local 18 donates time and skill for NW Ohio Building Trades

When the Northwest Ohio Building Trades needed to construct a new main office building, it looked to the trades, including Local 18, for assistance. Local 18 is handling all of the equipment operating for the project including constructing the building pad, digging footers and backfilling, demolishing the existing structure, and digging for the water and electrical services.

This project has provided Local 18 apprentices with real world experience. Local 18’s instructors, apprentices and one journeyman lent their time and expertise to this project.

Local 18 donates big money to help build new Fisher House for families of veterans

Ohio union pledges to donate IUOE $100,000 over five years Veterans, union executives and members, many who have served in various wars dating back to WWII, take part in check presentation ceremony 

(PR NewsChannel) / March 31, 2015 / CLEVELAND, Ohio

From Left to Right: Luis Rivera (Afghanistan), William Morrison (WWII; D-Day), Brian Brand (Vietnam), David Hurd and Ralph Beatty present a $20,000 check to the Cleaveland Fisher House on behalf of IUOE Local 18.
From Left to Right: Luis Rivera (Afghanistan), William Morrison (WWII; D-Day), Brian Brand (Vietnam), David Hurd and Ralph Beatty present a $20,000 check to the Cleveland Fisher House on behalf of IUOE Local 18.

With World War II and Vietnam War veterans, as well as soldiers who served in the war in Afghanistan on hand, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 presented a $20,000 check, the first of many, to help fund the construction of a brand new Fisher House in Cleveland.

The Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of homes where military and veteran families can stay at no cost, while a loved one is receiving treatment at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility.

Appearing on stage at the Piston Power show at the International Exposition Center earlier this month, Pat Sink, IUOE Local 18’s business manager, along with five war veterans ranging from World War II to the recent struggles in Afghanistan, presented the check to Tom Sweeney, president of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.

“We’re all about families and it means the world to us that the union will commit to a donation of this size,” said Sweeney. “This is going to get us even closer to our goal and help a lot of military families in Ohio.”

IUOE Local 18 intends to donate $20,000 per year over the next five years, totaling $100,000 to the Cleveland Fisher House Project.

“I’m honored to represent a statewide union of veterans,” said Sink. “If everyone in this room thought about how many veterans have affected them and their lives, it’s amazing to realize what we have in this state.”

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Local 18 contractors donate expertise for ball fields


Local 18 contractors Bown Enterprises, John R. Jurgensen and Barrett Paving donated material, equipment and time to prepare two Joe Nuxhall Miracle League softball fields in Fairfield.

Working with Local 18 apprentices who moved the dirt, Bown put in the underground, Jurgensen paved the field and Barrett Paving donated the asphalt, which is covered with a rubber surface for the players who are handicapped. Motto for the fields is “Where every kid, with every challenge, gets every chance to play baseball.”

Joe Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball history, was 15-years and 361-days old when he pitched for the Cincinnati Reds during WWII.


Local 18 continues community involvement

Nuxhall1_350Local 18 apprentices continued their commitment to the local community by voluntarily moving all the dirt as part of the new Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields in Fairfield.

Others who donated time, effort and materials include Local 18 contractors John R. Jurgensen which paved the fields, Barrett Paving which donated the asphalt and Bown enterprises which put in the underground.

The two rubber-topped asphalt softball fields are a place “Where every kid, with every challenge, gets every chance to play baseball.”

The fields are named for Joe Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball history who was not quite 16-years-old when he pitched for the Cincinnati Reds during WWII.

Members tackle football field problem

BarnesvilleFlooding the field is a football term indicating the offensive team is sending out as many pass receivers as possible. It does not mean there’s a great deal of water on the football field because of poor drainage.

But that was the situation at the Barnesville High School Shamrocks football stadium field – until Local 18’s Apprenticeship and Training staff and apprentices got involved. It is one of Local 18’s many commitments to communities around the state.

After Local 18 signatory contractor Shelly & Sands surveyed the field and made excavation plans, it was time for Local 18 to quarterback the project. The first visit was in December, and in February a French pipe drainage system was installed.

According to Mike Cooper, regional coordinator at the Logan Training Center, final work will be done in April – when the weather improves – allowing the field to be re-graded.

This project is part of many planned improvements envisioned by the Shamrock Goaliners, a non-profit organization formed to help the school district maintain, refurbish and enhance the stadium complex.

Richfield helps USAR’s trench training

TrenchTrainingWhen the Region 5 Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team (USAR) needed a location to practice trench rescues, it knew just where to turn – Local 18’s Richfield Training facility.

Shortly after a trench fatality in Hudson, the USAR team, representing 13 northern Ohio counties, came to Richfield for practice and technical advice. Run as an actual drill, the USAR members learned how to handle this kind of dramatic situation using a team approach.

The Richfield staff has been providing this kind of public service to a variety of organizations since the 1990s.

Floodwall Mural Features Labor, Local 18

Mural2rAfter three devastating floods in 1884, 1913 and 1937, the Army Corps of Engineers built a floodwall to protect Portsmouth, Ohio.

In 1993 it was decided to use the floodwall to create an outdoor art gallery depicting two centuries of Portsmouth’s growth, and recently space was made available on the wall to depict the important role labor played in the city’s growth.

Artist Robert Dafford who did the original murals was hired to create the mural that portrays the Building and Construction Trades unions, featuring Local 18 and its logo, including the October, 1939 charter date.

Labor’s 4½ foot panel section of the mural is most visible from the road, and is the largest set of murals to date.


Apprentices make Heritage Garden even greener

Gov-Man_DSCN0920About a decade ago, the idea for creating a garden at the Ohio governor’s residence was conceived as a way to showcase Ohio’s natural history and environment to the thousands of yearly visitors.

Since it became reality in 2001, the Heritage Garden has become “home” to plants representing the five different physiographic regions of the state.

In its ongoing efforts to enhance the garden, and be truly “green,” not just in the color of the plants, representatives of the garden contacted Local 18 for assistance. And once again, Local 18 provided it.

Under the direction of Training Coordinator Mike Cooper, apprentices showed up to move dirt and installed two cistern tanks to hold rain water to irrigate the garden, helping to make the Heritage Garden greener than ever.


Apprentices ‘dig’ these fields

LHS001.and youngsters across the state are, because Local 18’s Training and Apprenticeship program went to bat for them creating athletic fields where none existed before.

Eighteen baseball and all-purpose fields in Harrison, Perry, Muskingum, Pickaway and Richland counties have become reality thanks to the efforts of these union volunteers who moved almost 135,000 cubic yards of dirt, leveled, graded and installed drainage pipe and catch basins for these new athletic facilities.

In some cases roadways and parking lots were built, trees and existing fences removed.

LHS044In addition to the many baseball diamonds, a football field was created in Muskingum County and an all-purpose field was excavated for track, football and the band (the largest project) in Richland County for Lexington High School.


We enjoy helpin’ people

Habitat for Humanity was created to help low-income people own affordable, livable housing. One way to achieve that is through volunteerism.

Local 18 “digs” that program, and members have been voluntarily been digging foundations and basements, grading yards and putting in driveways for hundreds of Habitat for Humanity homes across the state. Our members even tear down some of the older homes to make room for the new.

Journeypersons and apprentices alike volunteer their time to turn the concept of a new home into a reality.

For its efforts, Local 18 has received a certificate of appreciation from Habitat. But to the members, it is the appreciation of the new homeowners that is the real recognition. The result is the satisfaction of people helping people, union or non-union.


Helping another organization train and gain

For years, Local 18 has prided itself on its training program-“Together We Train, Together We Gain.”

That training, at four strategically located training centers, can be done indoors at these facilities. And that gave the Richfield Fire Department its own opportunity to train and gain, at Local 18’s Richfield training site.

Late in the 2008 summer, members of the fire department used the facility to conduct extrication training.

As Fire Chief Stopak wrote, “The opportunity to use such a large indoor facility to practice vehicle extrication was very beneficial. Saturday’s training allowed our newest department members the opportunity to practice rescue techniques and strategies that will better prepare them for actual vehicle extrication and patient rescue.

“We are very fortunate to have your fine organization and staff as part of the Richfield community.”

Exceptional People

“Exceptional people providing exceptional care,” is the motto of the 250-bed Twin City Hospital in Dennison. It could just as easily apply to Local 18 apprentices and contractors who provided “first aid” when the hospital needed it.

When Local 18 learned the hospital was facing some contractual difficulties during its 25-bed expansion, it was able to provide CPR (caring positive reaction). And provided it at no charge.

Signatory contractors, including Stanley Miller, Mid-Ohio Contracting, Beaver Excavating and H.M. Miller, provided equipment for the apprentices, and even a couple of Local 18 retirees showed up to help during the three-week project.

To show its appreciation, the hospital provided free flu shots for the elderly/retired Local 18 members in the hospital’s area in portions of Tuscarawas, Harrison and Carroll counties.

To further show its appreciation, the hospital paid tribute to Local 18’s generosity by installing several commemorative plaques.

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