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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 Midwest - July / August 2018

The 2018 work season is at full throttle and on the way to record-breaking man-hours for the year. The Mainline Transmission work in the Northeastern states has busted open with job opportunities for every member that wants to work.

If your reading this Blue Light report and you are not on someone’s payroll, something is very wrong. Hopefully, it’s not illness for you or your family. If you are healthy and able to work, your Local needs you to help man these jobs that have gone unfilled every night for the last few weeks.  Most of all, your family needs you working to better support them with a good wage, health care benefits, and to build your pension credits so you can have a decent income when you retire.  On June 4, you received a 3% wage and fringe increase that was allocated mostly to the per diem. It’s always good to get a raise.

I just returned from Duluth, MN, where Bob Schoneberger with United Piping set up a meeting and lunch for the group, Jobs for Minnesotans, and Enbridge. Enbridge CEO Al Monaco and his staff spoke on the Line 3 Replacement that has been in the permit process for the last few years. The finish line is in sight with the final permits to be issued in late June. This 337 miles of 36” from Western Minnesota to the Enbridge Terminal in Superior, WI, is a real job for 2019. I think some winter work and stations will start this winter when some swamp areas are frozen, with Mainline work starting in 2019.

It’s a great time to be a 798 Pipeliner, so take advantage of these job opportunities.

Prejobs:

Casper Construction:

-Grand Rapids, MN.  Enbridge Integrity Digs in MN, ND, WI, and MI. Superintendent: Sean Reed. Welder Foreman: Levi Novacek.  Steward: Kyle Comstock. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.    

Charps, LLC:

-Clearbrook, MN.  Koch Integrity Digs. Superintendent: Brady Nelson. Welder Foreman: Don King. Steward: Tanner Dremmel. Working 5-10s, High Scale, 6 weeks.

-Adar, IA.  Northern Natural Gas Integrity Maintenance in IA and NE. Superintendent: Adam Highburg. Welder Foreman: Joe Foris. Steward: Chris Olson. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.

Geeding:

-Liberty, MO.  Buckeye 10” Relocation Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: TJ Luck. Steward: Scott Lippe. High Scale, 4 weeks.

Intren:

-North Liberty, IA.  MidAmerica Energy 5,200 feet of 16”. Superintendent: Frank Robeldo. Welder Foreman: Matt Wilkerson, LU25. Steward: Marty Campbell.  Working 5-10s. High Scale, 3 months.

McCizer Pipeline:

-Judsonia, AR.  Center Point, Integrity Pipeline and Station Changeouts. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Welder Foreman: Thad Townsend. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Working 4-10s. Ongoing blanket.

Michels Pipeline:

-Bushton, KS.   NNG 30” Launcher Receiver & Block Valve Replacement. Superintendent: Brandon Duffy.  Welder Foreman: Ben Weinke. Steward: Warren Lyda. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 8 weeks.

-Grundy Center, IA. Northern Natural Gas Integrity Digs in multiple states. Superintendent: Travis Novak. Welder Foreman: Brian Straight. Steward: Johnny “Josh” Gardner. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.

-Meade, KS.  NNG Fab and install Cross Overs. Superintendent: Rod Coburn. Welder Foreman: Kevin Marlett. Steward: David Lizana.  Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3 months.

Midwestern Contractors:

-Muscatine, IA.   Alliant Energy 3.3 miles of 8”. Superintendent: Wes Sears. Welder Foreman: Shane Lawrence, LU 597.  Steward: Rick “Bugs” Hemmer. Working 6-10s, High Scale, 14 weeks.

 Minnesota limited:

-Bethany, MO.  Flint Hills Resources Station Modifications. Superintendent: Jamie Karels. Welder Foreman: Nick Schmidt. Steward: Chuck Nobles.  Working 6-10s. High Scale.

-Big Lake, MN.  Various Gas and Oil Companies. Superintendent: Ryan Julin. Welder Foreman: Tom Lilyerd. Steward: Brent Stai. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.

-Cunningham, KS.  Northern Natural Gas 30” Drip Leg Installation. Superintendent: Paul Johnson. Welder Foreman: Matt Benham, LU 11. Steward: Michael J. Johnson, LU 539.  Working 6-10s. High Scale, 5 weeks.

-Tioga, ND.  Hess, Tesoro, Enbridge, and TransCanada Gathering System and Well Pad Hookups. Superintendent: Dustin Adams. Welder Foreman: Ryan Swartz. Steward: Cory Hiller. Working 6-10s. 90% Scale, ongoing blanket.

Q3 Contracting:

-Little Canada, Minnesota.  Xcel Energy Integrity Pipeline and Station work. Superintendent: Brett Cats. Welder Foreman: Roger Bennerotte, LU 6. Steward: Les Bardwell.  Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.

Southern Pipeline:

-Cushing, OK.  Magellan 1,100 feet of 12”. Superintendent: Arron Gossett. Welder Foreman: Curtis Mason.  Steward: Rodger P. Hastings. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3-4 weeks.

-Damascus, AR.  SWN Station Modifications. Superintendent: Marcus Thomason. Welder Foreman: Mike Varner. Steward: Jeffery Adams.  Working 5-10s. Ongoing blanket.

-Geary, OK.  OneOk Station Modifications. Superintendent: Clay Johnson. Steward: Ronnie Voyles. Working 5-10s. Low scale, ongoing blanket.

Wayne Holden:

-Pocahontas, AR.  Center Point small diameter pipeline and station work. Superintendent: Wayne Holden.  Steward: Ryan Usry. Working 5-10s. Low Scale, ongoing blanket.

 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.