Local Union Carpenters Lend a Hand to Tri Town Safety Village

Tri-Town-Safety-Village-Build-2013Earlier this month, union carpenters of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) rolled up their sleeves to help build a new NIPSCO building at Schererville’s Tri Town Safety Village.

Tri Town Safety Village is a “child-sized” town, complete with houses, roads, replicas of local businesses, and operational street lights and railroad crossings. This model city is a hands-on learning experience for local children, educating them on an array of safety topics such as fire, traffic, railroad, and police safety.

IKORCC carpenters answered the call to lend their expertise to the construction of Tri Town Safety Village’s newest business — NIPSCO. The building, complete with an additional classroom, will allow Tri Town to expand their curriculum. The carpenters’ volunteer work included framing and siding the structure. “Without the continued support of the Carpenters Union I did not know how we would be able to build this classroom.” stated William Jarvis, Executive Director of Tri Town Safety Village.

Mike Stavitzke, IKORCC Senior Manager, commented, “We were happy to play a role in building the NIPSCO structure. Tri Town Safety Village is the first facility of this type to educate children about gas and electric safety. As carpenters we understand the severe importance of this and are happy to do our part to help educate our local kids and hopefully prevent a lot of accidents.”

The NIPSCO building is slated for completion in late March, 2014. For more information about Tri Town’s Safety Village, please visit, www.safetyvillage.us.

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.