February 2012

General President Walter Wise attends HAMMER Steering Committee Meeting in Kennewick, Washington

General President Walter Wise attended the HAMMER Steering Committee Meeting at the Hanford Nuclear Site October 20 and 21, 2011. This visit into the jurisdiction of Local 14 (Spokane, WA.) allowed him to visit Lampson International in Kennewick, Washington and tour the facilities and meet with members and workers. During the visit, General President Wise also met with Bill Lampson, president of Lampson International and Richard French, chairman, president and CEO of Federal Engineers & Constructors (FE&C).

The HAMMER Steering Committee meeting was held at the Hanford Site in Hanford, WA. The HAMMER Steering Committee meets to discuss the funding outlook and safety at the Hanford site. The Department of Energy, management and labor all participate in the committee meeting to ensure that training and safety are addressed and updated appropriately.  The Hanford Site occupies 586 square miles in Benton County  on the Columbia River. It was established in 1943 and is now a mostly decommissioned nuclear complex. Today the focus at the site is environmental cleanup. Approximately 180 ironworkers are on the job at the Hanford Site.

Lampson International has been a worldwide leader in the heavy lift and transport industry for over 60 years. Originally started as a small drayage company, they quickly grew into one of the most innovative and respected providers of equipment and full-service rigging services in the United States and abroad. Lampson International, LLC employs 27 ironworkers.

FE&C is a full-service firm, capable of managing the project’s complete lifecycle from design/engineering to procurement through to construction and decommissioning/demolition at the end of the project lifecycle. As the US leader in nuclear and hazardous waste remediation, FE&C has successfully completed remediation for more than 150 sites and is currently working on many more.