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Cory Hudson Wins Don Sherry Achievement Award

Cory Hudson Receives Don Sherry Achievement Award

Few people have left the impact on the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters as Don Sherry did. Don Sherry tragically passed away in 2017. His list of accomplishments is vast, and his impact on our union is unprecedented.

Don Sherry passionately served the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters for nearly 20 years as a business representative and Director of Organizing. He was the President of Carpenters Local 175 and a dedicated advocate for worker’s rights and unions. Colleagues said his dedication to this organization was second to none.

Don Sherry Achievement Award

To honor his legacy, the IKORCC gives the Don Sherry Achievement Award annually.

To honor Don’s service and dedication, each year since his passing the IKORCC has given The Don Sherry Achievement Award. The award recognizes a rank and file member who has gone above and beyond in their service on the job site, with contractors, in MAC meetings (Member Action Committee), and in their community. In addition to giving an award in his honor, IKORCC delegates raise money each year during their annual conference and donate the proceeds to the Diabetes Foundation in Don Sherry’s honor.

Past recipients of the Don Sherry Achievement Award include:

2018 – Glenn Downs, Local 599
2019 – Raymond Poer, Local 599

Of all the nominations received in 2020, Cory Hudson’s stood out. That’s why the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to present Cory Hudson with the 2020 Don Sherry Achievement Award. Cory is an active member of Carpenters Local 285, military veteran, and served as the lead instructor at the Richfield Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program for years, until recently accepting a new role as a superintendent for a union contractor. Cory’s leadership, training, and tireless dedication will serve him well in that role.

“We take the Don Sherry Award very seriously and have many very qualified applications submitted each year. I had the privilege to know and work directly with Don for many years and saw his commitment and dedication to our Brotherhood first hand. I’ve also been fortunate to know Cory Hudson and have seen his commitment to our Union and how he always puts the UBC at the forefront. His dedication to our craft helps keep our standards above the rest and he has a “care factor” not just for apprentices or our membership as a whole, but for all people. It was an honor and privilege to present the award to Cory Hudson this year,” said IKORCC’s EST Todd Pancake.

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Thank You Healthcare Heroes

As states continue to reopen and coronavirus cases surge in many areas, healthcare workers are still battling COVID-19.

To show our appreciation for their continued dedication, we’ve thanked over 60 hospitals across Indiana, Kentucky, & Ohio. To our current and future ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) partners, thank you for working on the frontlines. The importance of infection control during hospital construction has always been an integral part of our training & we are proud to partner with so many amazing facilities that put patient safety first.

Learn more about our Infection Control Risk Assessment training or our 8-hour ICRA classes at ikorcc.com/ICRA

 

Union carpenters build with infection control protocols.

Carpenters Build COVID-19 Surge Hospital

As COVID-19 cases hit the second wave in many places, hospitals search for space for the influx of patients. Normally, it takes years to plan & build a new hospital. With help from union carpenters & Turner Construction, the Cleveland Clinic did it in 18 days.

Carpenters converted a medical education building into a COVID-19 surge hospital. Union carpenters built the 477,000 square-foot facility years earlier. Now, they’ve transformed it into a 1,006-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients.

It took 10,000 man-hours & 65 craftsmen working in two shifts 24/7. Union carpenters constructed 30 patient restrooms, converted 50,000 square-feet of shelled space into 360 medical surge beds, converted 300,000 square feet of educational space into 640 medical surge beds,  and installed 326 headwalls feeding 1,000 beds.

Hope Hospital opened in April & was a big step toward reopening the economy in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I think it’s important to play your part in the community. I just want to make sure I’m doing mine.” David Charon, Local 373

Thank you to our union carpenters, Turner Construction & the Cleveland Clinic for doing this essential work.

 

Brotherhood Across Borders

Written by: Dan Sustin, Training Coordinator of the Ohio Carpenters JATC, Richfield Campus

 

During the week of March 2nd–6th, the Richfield Training Center hosted a special out-of-town guest.  Levi Beauchamp, the Training Coordinator and Instructor from the Alberta Carpenters Training Center, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, decided to take a field trip to Ohio.

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Distributions

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Distributions In the wake of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, the president signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that allows ‘qualified individuals’ the ability to take a new penalty-free retirement account distribution. Ideally, your money would stay in your retirement account […]

Ohio Carpenters community

GIVING BACK: Members Support Up Side of Downs Fundraiser

Brotherhood. Unity. Compassion. Last weekend the IKORCC joined 4 Cleveland-area locals to support The Up Side of Downs. The organization raises money for Down’s Syndrome advocacy. Locals 1090, 285, 373 & 435 have raised nearly $70,000 for the organization. We are incredibly proud of the amazing work these carpenters & millwrights have done in the community!

 

Building our Future with Skills USA

When it comes to recruiting the best & brightest apprentices, hosting Skills USA competitions all over Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio is a great place to start. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters hosted Skills USA competitions in Richfield, Rossford, Columbus, Monroe, Merrillville, and Greenwood. More competitions are scheduled in Kentucky in the coming weeks as well.

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Vets carpenter

Helmets to Hardhats & IKORCC Help Vets Find Careers

We are honored to have 25 Helmets to Hardhats vets graduating from the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters in Ohio this weekend. Helmets to Hardhats helps our nation’s heroes transition from military to civilian life with a career in one of our trades.

This is a federally-approved apprenticeship program, meaning you can use your Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits to supplement your income.

Two organizations – one goal: Present great career choices for those who put their lives on hold to protect their homeland. The UBC’s Helmets to Hardhats program provides our nation’s military veterans with challenging careers in carpentry and a source of security for them and their families in the form of healthcare, retirement, and financial stability.

Learn more at ikorcc.com/diversity

Training Center

New Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity in Ohio

It’s even easier than ever to get started in a new career. The Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is offering a new direct-entry pre-apprenticeship program at no cost.

This 40-hour class offered during evenings or weekends acts as a condensed orientation into carpentry, millwright, pile driving, and floor covering careers.  Enrolling now for classes beginning in March, Pre-Apprentices will learn to use power tools in a safe manner and will receive college credit for the hours.

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