In his first appearance on the America’s Workforce Union Podcast (AWF), Business Manager Dan Poteet highlighted the unprecedented construction boom in Central Ohio and its implications for Local 50.
The Local 50 Business Manager since 2014 and a second-generation Mechanical Insulator, Poteet was elected President of the HFIAW Central States Conference earlier this year. He has held various other positions with the Local, in addition to spending time on the tools.
He explained to AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc the role of Local 50’s registered apprenticeship program and how it is a crucial component to ensure the Local can provide its signatory contractors with a skilled and capable workforce for the future.
While the outlook is positive, apprentices are not the answer to the immediate need for experienced Mechanical Insulators in Central Ohio. He said there is a manpower shortage in the Local 50 jurisdiction, as members are busy working on a diverse number of projects covering commercial and industrial mechanical insulation work, firestopping and maintenance.
The demand for skilled Mechanical Insulators in Central Ohio is rising, and Local 50 is ready to meet this demand. With at least five years of consistent work ahead, the union is actively seeking new members. Experienced insulators who join Local 50 will receive competitive pay, excellent benefits and a robust retirement plan.
For those with little or no prior experience, Local 50’s registered apprenticeship program is the gateway to a rewarding career. The program is a 4-year initiative that allows participants to earn while they learn, providing both a classroom education and real-world on-the-job training.
Poteet also extended an invitation to all HFIAW members in good standing to explore travel opportunities in Central Ohio. The Local’s website, insulators50.com, features a dedicated Travelers tab, which showcases current open calls and encourages non-union members to sign up to become members.
As large-scale projects continue to stack up in Central Ohio, the need for travelers, new members and apprentices is greater than ever. Poteet urged people to take the plunge and discover why Central Ohio, with its booming construction scene, is an ideal place to work.
Listen to the whole interview here.