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Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Newburgh-based Ironworkers Local 417 Union Wins State Grant for Training Facility


The Town of Newburgh-based Ironworkers Local 417 won a $350,000 Empire State Development grant this month that it will use to help build a $1 million addition at its Route 32 training facility to accommodate a surge in demand from the Tappan Zee Bridge and other projects.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be finished within six months on a roughly 4,800-square-foot, 33-foot-high addition that will give the 300-member union two extra classrooms and more training space for classes in erecting structures, rebar and window installation and welding.

"There's a lot more going on compared to the last few years," Business Manager Michael Gaydos said. "Now we have more apprentices (and) we've increased our memberships."

Local 417 was among the winners in this year's state regional economic development council competition, which ended this month with $83.3 million awarded to the seven-county Mid-Hudson region.

Two of the biggest projects driving demand for ironworkers are the $3.9 billion construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge and the $1.3 billion Montreign Resort Casino in Sullivan County, Gaydos said.

Local 417 members will also be utilized for the roughly $500 million construction of a new 696,000-square-foot patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. A groundbreaking for the project was held in September.

Another big project is Competitive Power Ventures' $900 million construction of a power plant in Wawayanda, Gaydos said.

"The better trained they are, the more productive," he said of Local 417's members. "It's just going to make us more likely to be hired."

In addition to the extra class space, the height of the addition will allow the union to simulate the erection of a steel structure, said Matthew Stoddard, Local 417's president.

"We're going to erect a building inside the building - but just on a smaller scale," he said.

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