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Blue Light Report - November / December 2018

Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.

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Blue Light Report Central - November / December

This report is about a week too early as I am waiting to schedule a second meeting with Evans Construction.  Evans Construction is a family-owned company based in Canton, OH.  I hope that they will join the ranks of fair union contractors and sign the NPLA.  I remain optimistic that in my next report, I can favorably announce a new partnership.

Unfortunately, Integrity Kokosing has yet to sign despite our picketing efforts in August and September.   We extended our hand multiple times to help this company grow, and their response was a questionable and unheard-of agreement with Operating Engineers Local 18.  Local 798 and the UA at the international level are working to see that this agreement is rescinded.  I believe that we did everything right.  With the help of our loyal and dedicated members, we managed to shut down the contractor for a full week.  We had a variety of hands that included retirees, members who were laid off, and new books focused on the importance of our assembly.  We also had cooperation from community law enforcement, neighborhood restaurants, and especially the union landowner from Cambridge Local 495.  At the least, our demonstration motivated a dialogue between 798 and TransCanada.  Maybe the gas company will pause before using any contractor on future projects that are not 100% signatory, with all four crafts recognized in the National Pipeline Agreement.  Utilizing union labor on a project makes for a more efficient, productive, and professional pipeline.  Thanks to all who helped declare our union message in Adamsville, OH. 

My area now is primarily station and maintenance work.   There are a few lingering mainline jobs still wrapping up tie-ins and testing since Mother Nature has made it tough on pipeliners with all this wet weather.  The anticipated 90-mile 12” Falcon line still has yet to be awarded.  I have no additional details at this time.  Until then, plan to attend our year-end December meeting.  Unions require participation, which includes regular attendance in Tulsa.  It also includes continuing to use our Action Network.  Participation even means being registered to vote to speak out against Right to Work.  There will always be issues like non-union, extremists, and Right to Work laws attempting to weaken organized labor.  We can help win the battle by doing our part at home, on the job, and at the hall.

If I can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to call. 


Big Inch:

- Kalamazoo, MI.  12” meter, install 26” valve and interconnect for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Jim Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-26-18.

Contractor Rentals:

- Ashland, OH.  Three sites storage well pipeline (20”, 10”, 6”) for Columbia Pipeline Group TransCanada.  Superintendent: Jeff Lykes.  Welder Foreman: John Fowler.  Working 5-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-19-18.

Foltz Welding:

- Various counties in Michigan.  10” anomaly digs for Marathon Pipeline.  Superintendent: Hank Hull.  Welder Foreman: Heath Hastings.  Working 5-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-26-18.

- Speedway, IN.  1,500’ 10” bore in Marion County, IN for Marathon Pipeline.  Superintendent: Jeff Huffman.  Welder Foreman: Tim Skidmore.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 11-15-18.


- Troy, MO.  22” fab in Missouri and install in Indiana for Marathon.  Superintendent: Greg Geeding.  Welder Foreman: Daniel Jones.  Working 5-10’s.  Job complete.

Henkels & McCoy:

- Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Install 8” relief valves for UTI.  Superintendent: Ty Turnbull.  Welder Foreman: Gary Mullin.  Working 6-10’s.  Job complete.


- Wilder, KY.  2”-24” station work at various sites in KY and OH for Duke Energy.  Superintendent: Jesse Boyd.  Welder Foreman: Dave Pierce.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-15-18.


- Ishpeming, MI.  Installation of high-pressure mainline taps for Northern Natural Gas.  Superintendent: Trevor Norelius.  Welder Foreman: Ben Weinke. Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-19-18.

- Wakefield, MI.  Stopple and valve installation for Northern Natural Gas.  Superintendent: Colby Hutson.  Welder Foreman: Jake Linney.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-2-18.

- Northville, MI.  5.9 miles of 16” hydrostatic test, fabrication of test headers and valve assembly for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Dan Costion.  Welder Foreman: Travis Alt.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-27-18.

- Fenton, MI.  Replace and modify existing 20” and 24” interconnect piping for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Joe Stone.  Welder Foreman: Jerome Bruns.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-27-18.

Minnesota Limited:

- Pendleton, IN.  2”-6” station modification and 2”-20” station installation in Madison County, IN for Vectren.  Superintendent: Preston Steenbergen.  Welder Foreman: Dustin Caskey.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.

- Clarksville, IN.  1.5”-12” integrity and maintenance work, retire and install new pipe in station for Vectren.  Superintendent: Greg Frazier.  Welder Foreman: Robert Turner.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 12-15-18.

  1. L. Coolsaet:

- Romelus, MI.  Hydro testing 7 miles of 16” for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Joe Elliott.  Welder Foreman: Kevin Blasdell.  Working 6-10’s.  Job complete.

- Howell, MI.  Storage field modifications, install 1-8” receiver and 1-6” launcher for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Jack Hill.  Welder Foreman: Kevin Blasdell.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 11-9-18.

State Group:

- Northwood, OH.  Instrumentation tubing work in various stations for Michels Pipeline/Nexus.  Superintendent: Guy Carlson.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.


- Dillonville, OH.  Compressor station expansion 1”-36” for Enbridge.  Superintendent: Bob Humphrey.  Welder Foreman: George Houston.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 12-26-18.

US Pipeline:

- Salineville, OH.  2 units grass roots compressor station, 2”-36” in Columbiana County, OH for Texas Eastern Transmission/Enbridge.  Superintendent: Todd Strassburg.  Welder Foreman: Matt Day.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 3-1-19.


- Sugargrove, OH.  10” compressor station for TransCanada.  Superintendent: Robbie White.  Welder Foreman: Toby Boyette.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-22-18.


  • Blue Light Report - November / December 2018
    Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2018
    We are about to wrap up another year of prosperity for Local 798 members.  I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of the amount of work we’ve been blessed with again this year.  We recently had our regular September membership meeting.  It is always good to see everyone that’s able to make it to Tulsa. 
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December
    I want to take this opportunity to welcome our new Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers to 798. I hope you are making yourself familiar with our website and taking the time to read the Dispatch Policies on the Dispatch page.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It has been a fantastic year for Pipeliners with plenty of work and man-hours logged. The work outlook remains strong, and that’s very encouraging.