Local Carpenters build new facility for University and WJOB

HAMMOND, Ind. -Carpenters from the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) finished work on the new Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center in Hammond. The Center, created as a collaboration between Purdue University and WJOB, is state-of-the-art and will be used specifically for workforce development in advanced manufacturing for achieving technological solutions and entrepreneurship.

Jim Slagle, IKORCC Representative and member of Local 599, said, “It was great to be part of this project. As union carpenters we are highly trained, and with such a cutting-edge facility, we definitely got to put that training to great use.”

Owner of WJOB, Jim Dedlow, was thrilled with the work the carpenters provided. “The quality of the work and efficiency of the workers was amazing,” said Dedelow. “They took great pride in their work.”

Slagle added, “This was also a great project for the entire region, and this building will be an asset to the local economy. As our community members utilize the facility and receive top-notch training, they will be able to better their careers, their families and ultimately our community and economy.”

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