November 2015

Ornamental Market on the Rise!

The ornamental market is in a bull market as we speak. Starting from the West Coast: Apple Headquarters will be our largest ornamental job in 2015/2016. Transbay Tower has broken ground and will lead the way into state-of-the-art transportation. There are 1,200 apprentices in the San Francisco/Oakland area. Heading down to Texas: The Austin market has exploded with great ornamental projects, including the Colorado Building. Heading up to Chicago: The high-rises are in full production. Local 63 has returned to strong employment and increased man-hours. New York and Boston: Markets continue to stay strong with the Hudson Yard project in New York and the Millennium Tower project in Boston coming to mind. We end with Minnesota: Local 512 has had continued success and great growth. Hats off to the leadership team! They are innovative in targeting expansion for training facilities and procuring an excellent skilled work force.


Ray Dean
Executive Director
Live, Work, Be Union!

Local 512 Gains Membership and Market Share

Ironworkers Local 512 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.) was chartered in 1937, with the merger of Minneapolis Local 19 (1904) and St. Paul Local 94 (1906). In 2004, St. Paul Local 512 merged with Duluth Local 563 and Bismarck, North Dakota Local 793. Today, Local 512’s jurisdiction includes all of Minnesota, North Dakota and 21 counties in western Wisconsin. This brings Local 512’s jurisdiction coverage totaling almost 175,000 square miles. Since the mergers, the membership of Local 512 has grown to 1,350 journeyman, 504 apprentices and 275 probationary members. 

Currently there are some extremely large jobs underway under in the jurisdiction of Local 512, including Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota; Essar Steel Plant in Northern Minnesota; Flint Hill’s Refinery; the Viking’s Stadium in Minneapolis; St. Croix Bridge in Stillwater, Minnesota; and the I-90 Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, near Dresbach, Minnesota. All are long-term projects employing between 100-300 ironworkers. In 2015, Local 512 provided over 3,000,000 man-hours of work. 

A huge part of Local 512’s success is due to their commitment to training. After years of renting space at a local technical college, Local 512 developed and built their own 18,000-square-foot training center in 2001. Shortly after the merger, their commitment 
to training continued. It was decided to build a training center in northern Minnesota, which is now referred to as Region B. Since the training center has been built, membership, man-hours and market share has doubled in Region B. The large number of apprentices and the amount of training provided to all members necessitated a $4 million, 19,000-square-foot addition to be added to the St. Paul Training Center. 

With this success in mind and a grant from IMPACT, Local 512 has purchased land in Mandan, North Dakota and is working with a general contractor to develop a training center for members in North Dakota. By the time classes start in the fall of 2016, with the completion of the North Dakota Training Center, Local 512 and the JATC will have three facilities, 65,000 square feet combined, six full-time staff and 34 instructors. Local 512 feels education and training are going to be the keys to the success of the Iron Workers. If we as an industry are not only going to survive, but to continue 
to grow, education and training is a must. 

One area of training Local 512 has decided to make a priority is architectural and ornamental training. With seven local signatory contractors specifically bidding only on this type of work, Local 512 is developing its own curriculum to ensure the success of its contractors and members. The plan will allow the contractors to capture more and more of the market. Instruction is given in all areas, from the curtain wall mock up, to sloped walls, skylights, storefronts and entryways. Local 512 is ahead of the curve in its instruction of instrument layout training, including total station. According to Tim Ryan, a third generation ironworker, who is Local 512’s instrument and layout instructor, “The total station has helped me layout a lot of interesting buildings in the past six years, some of which I don’t know how it would have happened without it.” This commitment to training and education is what ensures that Local 512 will continue to be one of the best locals in the International, in man-hours, market share and growth.

Ordway Theater

The Ordway Theater in St. Paul takes your conventional curtain wall theories and flips them upside down. This building was originally built in the 70s and the new addition needed to look like the original and perform as it should in 2015. The curtain wall consists of a lot of odd corners, mullions dead loaded at the top loaded with steel and custom copper covers. It had a total of 1,771 ironworker man-hours. The total station is a huge part of quickly and successfully laying out a complex wall like this. 
The contractor on the project was W.L. Hall.

University of Minnesota ACC Building

Another project where total station was a benefit is the University of Minnesota ACC building. It has large steel loaded mullions dead loaded from the top. The wall has an ellipse shape rising in elevation from right to left at the bottom horizontal. The sloped ellipse sill was built out of steel tubes cantilevered out two feet from the poured concrete wall. The project had 7,304 ironworker man-hours. W.L. Hall was the contractor.

Children’s Hospital Entry & Connecting Link @ United Hospital/Children’s Hospital

Structural Steel: Hi Five Erectors
Demo/Curtain Wall/Entries: Twin City Glass

Wedged between a parking ramp on the far left and United Hospital on the far right is the unique Children’s Hospital entry. Demo started in September 2014 on the United side; soon followed by the bridge steel over the existing lower level entry. Original curtain wall on both buildings was removed after dead loading remaining wall above. This project was completed in the spring of 2015 with very little interference to normal hospital activity or parking ramp access per the contract agreement. Public safety was the number one priority.