What do you get when you mix 14 union carpenter volunteers, hundreds of hours of labor, and about $10,000 in materials? One happy American war hero, of course!
In the heart of New Orleans lives a war hero - Lawrence Brooks, the nations oldest known American World War II veteran. He celebrated his 111th birthday recently, and when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called to wish him a happy birthday, he learned that Mr. Brooks had a leaky roof. Governor Edwards knew just where to turn. He asked the Central South Carpenters to assess the damage and repair Mr. Brooks roof, so that would be done correctly and safely.
Volunteers from Locals 1098 and 1846 teamed with Council staff volunteers to complete the project.
Mr. Brooks, born in 1909, was a Private 1st Class in the 91st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines during World War II.
Helping this American hero is a great honor for the Central South Carpenters and we pledged to give Mr. Brooks the outstanding workmanship on his roof that he so deserves, said Central Souths EST Jason Engels, who also was one of the volunteers to work the jobsite.
This facility and our training is designed to support the local construction community, and help spark regional economic development, said Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Central South Carpenters.
The Center is located at 2850 Massachusetts Avenue in Metairie, Louisiana.
The Council recently held a Grand Opening celebration and hosted more than 300 people. Central South staff welcomed community and economic development leaders, Southern District and UBC national officials, and elected officials to formally launch the Center. Guest speakers included Louisiana House of Representatives member, John Bel Edwards, who is also the leading candidate for Governor of Louisiana. UBC General President Doug McCarron also spoke, congratulating EST Engels and his Council for creating a first-class facility.
Guests also were given tours of the center, participated in hands-on demonstrations, and reviewed craft-specific mockups for skills needed immediately in the region, such as scaffolding, form work, and more.
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