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“I think that anyone who attended this conference would have to admit that very honest, and straightforward labor-management dialogue was the driving theme of the conference… And in times such as these, that is exactly what people are looking for in their leaders. What the Ironworkers have clearly set forth is that “activities” should not be mistaken for “results”. The more labor (and management) leaders who embrace this approach, the more market share will directly result.”

Mark Breslin
Breslin Strategies Inc
San Ramon, CA



IMPACT Focuses on Certification Help for Contractors


With commercial and industrial construction booming around the U.S., the demand for qualified contractors has skyrocketed. Thankfully, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Trust (IMPACT) have the demand covered.

Affiliated with the Iron Workers, IMPACT focuses on developing safe and productive Ironworkers and contractors. IMPACT works closely with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Quality Management Company, an independent third-party auditing company, to assist members in pursuing certification through the AISC Steel Erector and Fabricator Certification Programs.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. The organization’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization and market development.

The partnership between The DuRoss Group, IMPACT and McGowan Technical Services provides ten hours of correspondence for contractors interested in obtaining the AISC Steel Erector Certification and the AISC Fabricator Certification, followed by one free day of onsite advisory sessions.

“Thank you so much for your direction and mentoring! My father and I have a great direction now and have confidence in our actions towards becoming AISC certified,” said JCM Group Systems Administrator Ryan McLaughlin after meeting with IMPACT and IMPACT consultants about AISC certification. “It was a pleasure working with you.”

The AISC certification demonstrates commitment to quality by confirming that the contractor does what it says it does. The certification(s) ensure that contractors have the personnel, knowledge, organization, equipment, experience, capability and procedures to produce quality work. AISC also requires certified contractors to set goals for improvement, building a culture of excellence every day.

“Thanks for all your help with Composite Company, Inc., obtaining the Advanced Certified Steel Erector status with AISC,” said Composite Company President Gary Hawkins. “[IMPACT’s] advice, encouragement and consulting were essential in completing the difficult requirements of the AISC. I am proud of our success, and the certification will open new opportunities for our company.”

“Giving contractors the tools they need to be successful is our primary goal,” said IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton. “Providing assistance with the sometimes difficult process of becoming AISC certified ensures a pipeline of high-quality, knowledgeable contractors ready to tackle the largest projects in the country.”

More about IMPACT’s AISC Certification Program can be found at For more information, visit call 800-545-4921.

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