Plumbers and steamfi tters union opens $4 million Augustatraining center

September 14, 2023

An effort to grow the role of union-trained steamfitters and HVAC workers in Augusta came to life Wednesday.

The event was the grand opening of the CSRA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 150’s new Augusta Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center.

Local 150 was founded in 1908, and since 1949 has trained many of the construction workers who built downtown skyscrapers, hospitals, and more recently, Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle, officials said.

“We must continue to train for the future,” said Bill Wright, business manager for Local 150, to the crowd gathered for a Wednesday ribbon cutting. “This is something we have needed for a long time.”

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Photo: Peter Menk III looks at a sign from his grandfather’s mechanical contracting business on display at Local 150’s new training center for plumbers, steamfitters and HVAC workers in Augusta. Staff photo by Susan McCord

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