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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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Blue Light Report Texas - November / December

We have just attended the UA Officers Seminar in Denver, CO. General President McManus, his officers, and staff put together another very informative and educating seminar. The apprentices that attended, especially the ones that spoke the final day, were very impressive.

Thank you all for a great job and special thanks to the host locals in Denver, Pipefitters Local 208 and Plumbers Local 3, for the hospitality.

There will be an astronomical amount of Big Inch work in Texas going out for bid in the next two years.  Hopefully, we can be competitive enough in the bidding process to pick up a fair share of it. There are also numerous small projects all over the state.

Three proposed LNG export terminals, planned to be built in Brownsville, Texas, will have large diameter pipelines feeding them - Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and the Annova LNG Brownsville Project.

Then there is the Port Arthur LNG that has several big-inch pipelines feeding it. ONEOK, Kinder Morgan, and Driftwood all have some large projects coming up in the next two years. I am trying to be optimistic about getting some of this work.  Some of our contractors have told me they are serious about wanting to get it. Everyone is telling the same story; the work is cheap, even the non-union contractors I talk to are saying this.

It looks like a lot of jobs will continue through the winter. Those of you working in the mountains and hills, try to be extra careful and please work safely.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it to the December meeting. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.