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January 11, 2023

Congratulations to Eric Emerson!

Congratulations to brother Eric Emerson, who recently passed the Mechanic's Examination! 

January 3-6, 2023

Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Wind Turbine & Ladder Rescue Training

Six members of Local 44 (brothers Mike Amos, Marcus Brothers, Dan Conrad, JR Gomez & Bill Huber) started the year off at Kalamazoo Valley Community College to complete High-Angle Rescue Training. The certifications they've earned will qualify them for potential wind turbine work on any of the hundreds of wind turbines located on several wind farms located within Local 44's jurisdiction. Congratulations to them all for their success in class and thanks for their efforts.

Training Attendees L-R: Dan Conrad, Mike Amos, JR Gomez, Bill Huber, Marcus Brothers & Mike Ward

JR Gomez

Mock CPR scenario

Bill Huber

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New Local 44 brothers Chris Metzger and Adam Lucas being sworn in during our South Bend Meeting


Local 44 brother Adam Hull being sworn in by President Dan Conrad at our Fort Wayne meeting


Local 44 brother Spencer Kempf being sworn in at our Toledo meeting

December 2022

Please Welcome Local 44's Newest Members!

Congratulations to brothers Adam Hull, Spencer Kempf, Chris Metzger, and Adam Lucas who were all initiated as members of Local 44 during our December meetings. 

Veteran's Day 2022

Local 44 Salutes Our Veterans!

Thank you to all of our members, past and present, for their service. We honor you today and everyday for the sacrifices you have made for the betterment of us all. We purposely did not include captions with these photos so that the next time you speak with any of these individuals, you can ask them personally about their picture's backstory and personally thank them. Of course, we also thank the dozens of veterans whose pictures we do not have for their contributions as well.


Scott Simon

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Keith Nelson II


Jim McCool

Chris Metzger


Zach Newman

Local 44 encourages anyone whose picture has not already been included to please submit a photo for immediate inclusion. Thank you all for your submissions and, more importantly, your service to our great country. 

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Local 44 Warden Keith Nelson II guides new Brother Daniel Maynard through the swearing in process

November 10, 2022

Congratulations to Local 44's Newest Member - Daniel Maynard!

Congratulations to brother Daniel Maynard, who was initiated as a member of Local 44 during our November Fort Wayne meeting. 

October 31, 2022

Congratulations to Tim Kershner!

Congratulations to brother Tim Kershner, who recently passed the Mechanic's Examination! 

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October 26, 2022

Honorary Member Nick Stroh's 80th Birthday!!!

All members past and present would like to wish Nick Stroh a happy 80th birthday! Nick had a more than 40-year career with us and has been enjoying retirement for nearly twenty years. Thanks again for your contributions to Local 44!

October 20, 2022

Congratulations to Jeremy Fletcher!

Congratulations are due for brother Jeremy Fletcher, who recently passed the test to earn his Michigan license! Jeremy was an active participant on the Michigan Monday Night Code Outreach calls and the Saturday morning code book tabbing session. Be proud of this tremendous achievement!

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November 30, 2022

Fall Live Code Outreach

Elevator Industry Work Preservation National Coordinator Scott Hultstrom will be in Toledo on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 for a live in-person code outreach intended to further discussion on code requirements, safety and other industry matters in a townhall format.

Update: Scott Hultstrom has graciously decided to extend his stay in our area in reverse snowbird style and will also hold an outreach in South Bend on Thursday, December 1, 2022 so that he may accommodate our members in Indiana. These classes will also satisfy your State of Indiana Continuing Education requirements. Thank you Scott for your contributions.

October - December 2022

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Multiple members will be attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Groves Campus' High-Angle Rescue Training to obtain the certification necessary for wind turbine lift service and maintenance. (Rescheduled for January 3-6, 2023 & February 6-9, 2023)

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August 30 & 31, 2022

TEAM Meeting

Local 44 members hosted Jimmy Demmel & Chip Hallmark of the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund for a TEAM (Training and Educating an Activist Membership) meeting on August 30 & 31, in Toledo and South Bend, respectively.

August/September 2022

Mechanic's Examination

The following members completed their Mechanic's Examination and received their Certificate of Recognition during September:

1. Don Shepherd

2. Christopher Eaton

3. Jared Krukowksi 

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August 16, 2022

Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Brother Zach Newman and his wife, Madison Newman, on the birth of their son Anderson Schuyler Newman, who is also the grandson of current member Roxann Newman and Honorary Retiree Gary Newman.

Summer 2022

Fish On!

Brother Adam Litka with the 17lb king salmon he caught from Pere Marquette Lake.

Former President Wayne Starrett caught two monsters - one 28" and the other 42" - that wife Beth undoubtedly had to help him reel in.

Member Barry Lobody with the 47" musky he pulled out of the Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada while fishing with his brother during vacation this summer.

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Adam Litka

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Wayne Starrett

Barry Lobody

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July 16, 2022

Local 44 Family Picnic

Local 44 hosted members for its annual Pokagon State Park Family Picnic. A great time was had by all who attended and took in the great weather, food and activities.

Please email submissions for our MEMBER UPDATES & PHOTOS page to Thank you.

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