Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Local 5 tackles major refinery conversion under PLA

Local 5 Los Angeles Brothers and Sisters are expected to log about 100,000 hours when they're done transforming a long-shuttered refinery into the largest renewable fuels refinery in the western United States.

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Local 5 Business Agent Eddy Pena retires

Eddy Pena started his career with Local 5 Los Angeles and the HFIAW when he joined the union on July 4, 1988. After joining, Local 5 member Curtis Gardner offered him a job doing firestop at the company where Curtis worked as a foreman. 

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Local 5 members help build stadium that hosted Super Bowl

For members of Insulators Local 5 in Los Angeles, this year’s Super Bowl was extra special, and it was not because a local team won the Lombardi Trophy.

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Western States Conference holds virtual Apprentice Competition

Before the travel restrictions were implemented in early 2020, the Western States Conference Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) was one of the last in-person events held in our union.

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LMCT presents at state energy officials meeting

The Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) made a presentation during the annual National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) meeting in California. Local 5 Business Manager Michael Patterson and Local 16 Business Manager Mel Breshears joined LMCT Interim Director Rob Hall for a panel discussion about energy and the benefits of Mechanical Insulation on systems. With attendees from across the United States, the exposure for our union was great with the potential to engage in more work opportunities across the county.

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Local 5 buys a new building for Union Hall, bolsters training center space

Due in large part to the need for additional training center space, HFIAW Local 5 Los Angeles moved its Union Hall and training center into a structure nearly four times as large as the former building.

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Local 46 apprentice wins MAC, honors former training director

The HFIAW Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) seems to grow in popularity and excitement every year. The annual competition where 10 apprentices compete as Conference representatives to be crowned the “Best of the Best” included an emotional finish this year in Toledo, Ohio.  

Held in conjunction with the 41st annual Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Conference, the top HFIAW apprentice competitors arrived having already won at the Local and Conference levels.  

“Our training is what sets our profession apart, it is what makes us the best,” HFIAW General President Bud McCourt said during the MAC.

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