Last week Korey and I visited the USW/U.S. Steel – Granite City program. It was my first time visiting the program and it was a very impressive tour! I want to thank USW Local 1899 president Dan Simmons and Coordinator Marshall McElroy for taking the time out to show us around.
We got to see a lot of the learning opportunities available to the Steelworkers there, including an electrical wiring lab that includes a hands-on model of how to properly connect a home generator to a home’s existing electrical system.
The program invested in two small CNC machines that work hand-in-hand with a computer lab where the members learn the programming aspect of CNC. Marshall gave us a good demonstration. The projects that have been created are just amazing! We also got to see the woodworking lab and some of the projects there. You can check out some of the photos from our trip in the photo gallery below.
Another interesting item shown was the “Cricut” cutting machine. Basically it’s a cutting machine that looks like an oversized computer printer that connects to a PC and does precise cutting.
With the large number of workers laid off at Granite City, the Career Development Program continues to offer learning opportunities for the workers either through Customized Classes or Tuition Assistance.
Keep up the good work Marshall, we were impressed!