|(Left-to-right) LL 1471 Pres. Jim McClelland, DL 54 A/DBR Andy Campbell, ST Jerry Espy, P/DBR T. Dean Wright, Jr., former P/DBR Tom Frisbee, BR Mark Chema and LL 1297 Pres. Fred Confer cut the ribbon.|
IAM District 54 celebrated the rededication of their new headquarters in Columbus, OH. District 54 serves more than 14,000 members across Ohio and West Virginia.
Although the District just moved to the building about a year ago, the building has a long history of serving IAM members. Since 1960, it’s housed three different IAM District Lodges as their headquarters. Over the course of the past year, a vast renovation of the building inside and out has taken place – with more upgrades on the way. From a facelift and refurbished parking area, to fresh paint and new floors, the old building has been brought back to life to better serve our members well into the future. Also updated was the technology used for training and other activities, such as fundraisers for the IAM’s charity, Guide Dogs of America.
“The rededication of this building is much more than just a celebration,” said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative (P/DBR) T. Dean Wright, Jr. “It is a commitment, a commitment to the future of our organization, our members in Ohio and West Virginia, and just as important, this community, right here in Columbus. It signifies our commitment to keep fighting for workers’ rights, fair pay, decent benefits and justice on the job.”
Members and their families joined special guests that included International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger, General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart, the Executive Secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor, and a staff member from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, who delivered greetings and well wishes from Senator Brown.
“Congratulations to P/DBR Wright and his staff,” said Eastern Territory GVP Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. “This project was no small undertaking, and the representatives and staff at District 54 rolled up their sleeves and did much of it themselves. It is a great accomplisment.”