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Local 729 president and council delegate James Perniciaro passes away at age 61

Millwright Local 729 president and SSMRC delegate James Perniciaro passed away on Oct. 31 due to complications from COVID-19. He was a kind, compassionate, generous person and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and union brothers and sisters.

Send a video to help us celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week is next week, Nov. 15-21. We want to celebrate by highlighting your stories. Please send us a short video we can post on SSMRC social-media platforms.

Member Spotlight: Jeffery Phillips

Jeffery Phillips, a recent graduate of the Millwright Military Veterans Program, has experienced a crash course in on-the-job training since he transitioned out of the Army in August.

Mitchell leading millwright training in Moss Point, Mississippi

Meet Robert Mitchell, the new millwright training instructor in Moss Point, Mississippi. Mitchell has been a member of Millwright Local 1192 since 2013.

Carpenters’ Helping Hands provides grant to Local 1554 member whose home was flood damaged

Flood waters rose so quickly on Aug. 21 in Waverly, Tennessee, that Michael T. Davis had to escape his home by climbing through a window and into his boat, which the water had pushed against the house.

Member Spotlight: Jessie Patterson

Local 1263 member Jessie Patterson has achieved goals quickly in her millwright career and has discovered a passion for helping others do the same. Finding the millwright trade after leaving the military in 2012 took Jessie Patterson several years, but she’s been on a fast track ever since.

Local 1263 Business Agent Michael Hamilton retires

After 45 years as a member of Local 1263 and 31 years as the local’s business agent, Michael Hamilton will retire on Sept. 30. Mike will be greatly missed, and we wish him the best in retirement! Michael Hamilton has held many leadership positions within the SSMRC, United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and UBC Millwrights. In […]

Local 1192 members earn SSMRC Community Service Challenge Award for leading effort to support striking miners

Mitchell Howton knows what it’s like to work at the Warrior Met Coal mine in Brookwood, Alabama. He hasn’t forgotten being underground 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with the promise that next week he would get Sunday off – a promise that never materialized.

Member Spotlight: Emerson Romero

After immigrating to the United States and working as a scaffold builder in refineries, Emerson Romero found a perfect career fit as a union millwright.

SSMRC developing Sisters in the Brotherhood committee

Several SSMRC sisters have begun building a Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) committee for our council. Find out how you can get involved.

Member Spotlight: Ben Higginbotham

A member of Millwright Local 2232 since 2013, Ben Higginbotham will begin serving as national millwright and pile driver recruiter for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America on July 19.

Member Spotlight: Aaron Tapley

Twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Tapley has risen through the apprenticeship ranks and is now a foreman for industrial construction firm Milton J. Wood, based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Community Service Challenge winner: Dwight Murrah

Community service isn’t something Dwight Murrah does every now and then on a Saturday. It’s woven into his friendships, his marriage, his hobbies, and his relationship to the neighborhood where he lives.

SSMRC sponsors run benefiting Recovery Resource Council

The SSMRC was a major sponsor of the annual Unity Run, held in Whitney, Texas, and benefiting the nonprofit Resource Recovery Council, which provides mental and behavioral health care in 20 North Texas counties.

Millwrights and carpenters honor Arkansas’ fallen soldiers

Members of the Southern States Millwright Regional Council and the Central South Carpenters Regional Council helped create a tribute to fallen soldiers at the Veterans Memorial Park in Russellville, Arkansas.

Member Spotlight: April Crownhart-Swan

When April Crownhart-Swan was 7 years old, she told her mother she was going to be a race-car driver and a union member. She has accomplished both goals.

SSMRC members and Local 1192 provide meal for miners on strike in Alabama

Thanks to donations from SSMRC members, Millwright Local 1192 provided 100 meals on April 20 to miners striking against unfair labor practices in Brookwood, Alabama.

Local 1263’s James West retires after three decades

March 31, 2021, was the professional stopping point for a stalwart of Millwrights Local 1263 in Kennesaw, Georgia. James B. West officially retired on that date.

Mourning our losses

We are saddened by the loss of the following members, who passed away between Jan. 16 and March 15, 2021.

Member Spotlight: Mark Jones

Working for EthosEnergy, Local 2232 member Mark Jones has advanced from forklift operator to a vice-president position overseeing 300 employees.

Congrats to new journeymen

Click to see the names of members who advanced to journeyman status between Jan. 16 and Feb. 15, 2021.

Member Spotlight: Travis Harkey

Travis Harkey of Atkins, Arkansas, has been doing mechanical work since he was 14, but he didn’t find out what a millwright was until he was 27.

SSMRC appoints Thomas Brown to lead Local 1421 in north Texas

The SSMRC has selected Thomas Brown as business agent for Local 1421, which covers north Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

Local 216 swears in new members

Millwright Local 216 recently initiated new members. Welcome to Tabatha Voisin, Marcus Dorsey, William Reid, and Blaine Myers.

Member Milestones: Dec. 16-Jan. 15

Congratulations to members who advanced to journeyman status between Dec. 16, 2020, and Jan. 15, 2021.

Member Spotlight: Esther Freeman

Esther Freeman has always had a penchant for the mechanical. She enjoyed working on cars growing up. But her welding career started with art.

Saying Goodbye

The SSMRC mourns the loss of two members who passed away between Dec. 16, 2020, and Jan. 15, 2021.

Local 1192 member featured in Florence Times Daily

An article about Local 1192 member Joey Hildreth ran as the main feature on the front page of the Florence Times Daily. We're so proud of Joey and her career!

Member Milestones: Nov. 16-Dec. 15, 2020

Congratulations to members who recently became journeymen! Click the headline to read the list.

Local 2411 celebrates 70th anniversary and honors retiring Business Agent Paul French

In December, Millwright Local 2411 celebrated its 70th anniversary and honored Paul French, who is retiring as business agent after 12 years in that position and 50 years as a union millwright.

Local 216 presents service pins

In December, five members of Millwright Local 216 earned service pins. Click the headline to see who they were.

Paying our respects

The SSMRC is saddened by the loss of members who passed away between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, 2020.

Local 1263 member earns 35-year pin

We are proud of Local 1263 member Jeff McCary, who recently received his 35-year pin.

Member Milestones: Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020

Congratulations to members who became journeymen or reached 50 years of service between Oct. 16 and Nov. 15, 2020!

Saying Goodbye

The SSMRC grieves the loss of the following members, who passed away between Sept. 12 and Oct. 21, 2020.

Member Milestones: Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2020

Congratulations to members who became journeymen or reached 50 years of service between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, 2020!

Local 216 presents journeyman certificates to six members

At Local 216's August union meeting, Business Agent Matt Nowlin presented journeyman certificates to six members.

Local 216 member Clay Sims will be deeply missed

We are saddened by the passing of Millwright Local 216 member Clay Marshal Sims, who died in a motorcycle accident Oct. 21.

Millwright Local 1000 swears in new apprentices

Congratulations to Jacob Koach, Tyler Mills, John Ham, and Coleman McDonough!

The SSMRC grieves the loss of Local 1192 member Jody Chapin

SSMRC is grieving the loss of one of its own, Jody Wayne Chapin, who passed away at age 38 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.