Rep. Tim Ryan Announces $130,530 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396
RELEASE: Rep. Tim Ryan Announces $130,530 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396
Youngstown, OH - Congressman Tim Ryan, along with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396 are announcing a grant of $130,530 from the Appalachian Regional Commission which will provide training for up to 60 welders in techniques used on oil and gas pipelines. This training will give welders the opportunity to become highly-skilled and sought after in downhill welding techniques, and will increase the capacity of these workers to compete in the global economy.
Oil and gas producers are expected to bring 34 billion into the state by 2015, and enhancing the skills of our workers is a crucial step in making sure we are ready to take advantage of the increase in oil and gas production. Local 396 is leading the way with their job training facility which has been recognized locally and nationally for its state-of-the-art equipment and layout design. With over $2 million invested in their training center, Local 396 has trained over 200 people in the plumbing and welding industry in the last ten years.
“Local 396 should be commended for their leadership in securing this grant and making this training a reality. The oil and gas industry has great potential for the Mahoning Valley, and we need to have a workforce ready to encourage job creation and retention in this growing industry,”said Congressman Tim Ryan.
Butch Taylor, Business Manager for Local 396 said, “This grant is the culmination of hard work by many people and organizations, including the Appalachian Regional Commission. We are constantly striving to be proactive in showcasing what the Mahoning Valley has to offer the oil and gas industry.”
The Marcellus and Utica Shale exploration will bring more economic activity to the Mahoning Valley and it is imperative to provide the support necessary for workforce development. This grant will provide the means to develop a program which will provide the skill, knowledge and facility to train the people of Appalachia to compete in the global marketplace and encourage job growth in the Mahoning Valley. A new class of apprentices will begin training in January, 2012 in downhill welding techniques specifically geared to the Marcellus and Utica shale operations. Classes will be taught in the Plumbers & Pipefitters training facility located in Boardman, Ohio.
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