They say that people do not look up enough – we stare at our feet and at the ground to make sure we do not trip. Sometimes we look up and take a chance, an opportunity to be amazed.
It has been stupid hot and humid here for three weeks and the heat finally broke, so I took advantage and went for a walk. As I was walking there were some interesting things in Downtown Duluth – License plates from 11 states, masks of all colors and styles, sun glinting off chrome, the cool breeze of the big lake… and the sounds of construction. Essentia is ever taking shape and the roads downtown are close to being completed to traffic the facade. On the Iron Range, the ground has been broken for the Rock Ridge School in Midway, you can see the foundation of the Miners complex coming along, and the work on 169 just west of Ely is getting ready for tourists!
Think about it; what percentage of these projects are being worked on by Journey people and apprentices’ who are from Duluth, or the Range, or the Shore, or the Falls??? It still amazes me how we can take a project, a plan, or an idea and turn it into a building, a road, a school – an opportunity. Today it was clear that we do that well up here in the 218.
“The sun, –the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope…”
~ Charles Dickens
What Employers Have to Say
The trades have Good pay, even at a starting wage. Advancements are there if you take it seriously and want to improve your career. The demand is strong.
We have requests for 2 to 3 times the work that we can perform. If I had qualified job foremen and quality workers available, we could build many more homes and projects than we do.
There is a great satisfaction in building, and completing quality projects for people. The work has great variety, and the learning experiences are invaluable.