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Blue Light Report - September / October 2019

I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.

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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  Local 798 and the UA at the international level are working to see that this agreement is rescinded.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 - September / October 2019
    I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - September / October 2019
    I want to start by thanking every member that is doing their part to make the Action Network a success. We’ve had several opportunities lately to take action with the Cheyenne Connector Project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement, Jordan Cove Project, the Line 5 Project, and the Line 3 Project.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - September / October 2019
    The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders – 1,287; Journeyman – 207; and Helpers – 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - September / October 2019
    401(k) Plan  We frequently are asked about taking a loan against a member’s 401(k) balance.  The Pipeline Industry 401(k) Plan does not allow participant loans.  401(k) loan repayment must be set up as a deduction from payroll.  Due to the nature of the construction industry, working for different contractors for various time frames doesn’t allow for consistent repayment of the loan, which would cause the loan to be in default.