EST Engels (left) and Council President Edwards (right) meet with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

Carpenter Leadership Meets with Governor Edwards

Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Council and Council President John Edwards met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to discuss issues critical to union carpenters and their families.

The Governor was also presented with a plaque commemorating the Carpenters’ newest initiative to build the local economy.

The Carpenters recently invested $12.5 million to spur job creation and economic growth in the construction industry by opening a state-of-the-art training and education facility in Metairie, just outside of New Orleans. Safety, scaffolding, form work, pile driving, interior systems, and welding are just some of the skills carpenters and millwrights acquire and sharpen at the Center. 

Apprenticeship and journeyman upgrade training focuses on the latest industry certifications as well as technologies, tools, installation methods, and safety. Leadership and productivity skills are also important parts of the training program.

At the recent Grand Opening celebration, more than 300 people joined with community and economic development leaders and elected officials to formally launch the Center. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also attended and spoke in support of the initiative.