Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) hosted a pinning ceremony on April 5 at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center in Michigan City. The event recognized IKORCC Local 1485 carpenters by years of membership, and it also recognized community members who have shown dedication to the community and the carpenter’s union.
Keynote speaker, John Carr, IKORCC Business Representative, made a presentation on “going the extra degree” as a union carpenter and as an organization, explaining that just one degree can make all the difference. Carr challenged the membership to continue to go that extra degree to be the most efficient, productive and professional carpenters in the industry.
“This event is very important to us,” said John Carr. “To look out and see over 300 carpenters and their families is amazing, and we are very proud to honor these men and women who work so hard all year for their families and are building the future of our community.”
To conclude his speech, Carr presented local community members with awards that recognized them for their contributions to our community. Awards and recipients are as follows:
Voice of Labor – awarded to Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday
Voice of Labor – awarded to Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian
Teamwork Award – awarded to LaPorte County Commissioners Willie Milsap, Dave Decker and Dr. Vidya Kora
Commitment to Excellence – awarded to Valparaiso University
Ambassador Award – awarded to Bill Nunley (Construction Manager at NIPSCO)
IKORCC 68-year member – awarded to Irving Nelson
“We’re so grateful to be a part of such a generous and compassionate community,” said Mike Stavitzke, IKORCC Senior Manager. “Every year we host this event to recognize all of the individuals and organizations that make everything we do possible, and it’s so great to be able to get together and celebrate with such a terrific group of people.”
The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects. The hallmark of the regional council is three-fold: training, professionalism and partnerships for economic development.