Sheet Metal Apprentice Program to Locate in Morton

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced the Sheet Metal Workers Local 1 Joint Apprenticeship Training facility will be locating in Morton.  “The Sheet Metal JATC is a training program primarily for individuals interested in working for heating and air conditioning companies,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  “Their new Morton facility will educate 30-60 people each year in this profession and offer 4 full time staff positions and up to 9 part time positions for instructors.”

The JATC program first began in the 1940s.  Their Local 1 started in 1888 and will be celebrating their 125 year anniversary next year.  “Our program is learn while you earn, so people work for local contractors during the day and then take their classes in the evening,” said Comstock.  “In four years they have learned a trade that they can take with them anywhere.” 

Their new home will be at 840 West Birchwood in a building that is 15,600 square feet.  “The building is twice as big as our current building in Peoria Heights,” said Bill Comstock, Business Manager for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 1.  “We need the larger space because of the growth of our program.”

The Sheet Metal Workers Local 1 selected Morton for their new location because of the community’s ideal location.  “We serve a 10 county area,” said Comstock.  “Morton is ideal because we will be near two interstates which will provide easy access for our students and instructors.”

The Morton Economic Development Council began working with the Sheet Metal Workers last winter, when they launched their search for a new facility in the region.  “To have a training program of this caliber and longevity locate in Morton is a real honor,” said Daly.  “We are so pleased they decided to make Morton their new home.”

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