The outstanding work turned in by dozens of union carpenters for TVA’s Allen Plant has impressed the customer, supported an increase in membership and skills, and helped develop more member leaders.
These men and women are being recognized for great work at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Allen Combined Cycle Plant in a project that began in January of 2016 and released for commercial operation on April 30 of 2018.
Since construction began, about 2.7 million work hours have been dedicated to this project with a recordable injury rate of 0.08.” said Robert M. Deacy, Sr., Senior VP of TVA’s Generation Construction, Projects & Services, in a letter to council leadership.
“Thank you for your time and efforts in bringing the Allen Combined Cycle Plant to commercial operations under budget and ahead of schedule."
Numbering more than 80 carpenters at peak times, journeymen and apprentices completed concrete form, scaffold and cooling tower work for general contractor Kiewit and subcontractors MCT Services and API. To date, more than 165,000 man hours have been logged.
As a result of sustained recruiting for this project, about 45 new members were welcomed into the carpenters union. Aggressive training was constantly offered for all carpenters, such as OSHA 10 and Scaffold 40, as well as many others. At the same time, nearly a dozen more existing members committed to and completed member leadership training during this project.