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Ironworker Apprentices Prepare for National Competition - (9/12/2018)

Ben Maneval, of Mount Pleasant Mills, PA (Snyder County) and Kerry Stokes of Loysville, PA (Perry County) will represent the Ironworkers District Council of Philadelphia at the 2018 National Apprentice Competition being held September 19 – 22 in Minnesota.  The Competition will be hosted by the North Central States District Council and held at Local 512, (835 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104).

Maneval and Stokes, both second-year apprentices, placed first and third respectfully during the District Competition held in May 2018. Maneval’s first place position was also a first for Local 404. 

“Ben and Kerry are excellent representatives of our training program,” stated Dan Hoke, Apprenticeship Coordinator for Local 404. “We are proud of how much they have accomplished. We are confident they will continue to showcase what they have learned at the national competition and more importantly, on the job site.” 

Maneval and Stokes look forward to the competition and can be found regularly in the training hall preparing for the national stage. “We train whenever we can. If I’m free, I’m practicing,” explained Maneval. “It’s an honor to go to St. Paul and represent Local 404. By competing, we get to show everyone the high caliber of instruction and training we receive.”

The National Ironworker Apprenticeship Competition tests the skill and dedication ironworkers take on the job and in their careers. In addition to a written test, participants in this competition are judged on specific industry skills sets in various events such as layout instruments, welding, burning, knot tying, rod tying, rigging, ornamental window assembly and climbing a 35-foot steel column.

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