August 2023 Central Region Work Update

2023 has been busy, and SSMRC millwrights will be in high demand within the automotive and power-generation industries across our footprint this fall.

Recruitment is a high priority, and we need members to accommodate all of the upcoming projects headed our way.

Bottom-up organizing is an excellent way of recruiting within our organization. If you know of mechanically inclined people who want a lifelong career, organize them! Put individuals in touch with your local business representative, and let’s get them working. 

Please reach out to your business agent and put yourself on the out-of-work list if you are available. If you are traveling outside of your home local jurisdiction for work, check in with the local that has jurisdiction where you are procuring work.

Please take advantage of all opportunities to enhance your skill sets (forklift, welding, aerial lift, rigging) through the training department.

APM requires that journey-level millwrights have all the prerequisite training in order to access their Southern Company projects.

Local 1192

Siemens has a project at TVA Ackerman Combined Cycle Plant on all three units to begin in October and last through the first of the year. Approximately 60 millwrights will be needed to work 7-12s. Iron Mountain has a project to begin balance-of-plant repairs at U.S. Steel’s Seamless Pipe Mill. Work will start in October on a 7-12s schedule.

National Steel City has a capital project underway at Calvert Steel Mill. Peak workforce requirements will be 80 to 90 millwrights working a 5-10s schedule. The project is expected to last through August 2024.

Local 1554

State Group Contractors has started their project at the Ford Blue Oval battery plant in Stanton, Tennessee. Construction will begin in August, with work hours progressing in early September, and will require approximately 300 millwrights. Walbridge is planning to hire roughly 80 to 100 millwrights at the Ford Blue Oval site towards the end of September for upcoming press work and other projects. Durr expects the paint shop to begin construction in October and will require approximately 250 millwrights. Work at Ford Blue Oval’s general-assembly plant is scheduled to begin mid-2024.

Shimmick Construction has an ongoing lock-refurbishment project at the Chickamauga Dam. The company is adding millwrights to its crews and needs welders and certified riggers. That long-term project is expected to last another 1.5 years.

Let’s do things right the first time, on time, every time, while being safe, professional, and productive!