Published On: Friday, January 05, 2018
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust
Local 279 Journeyman, Mike Thompkins and his brother, Bill, a retired member of Local 279, coordinated this volunteer project which will honor the lives lost on September 11th 2001.
Authored by: James Malcolm, Local 279 President, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
A total of 13 carpenters from Local 279 and one Local 46 iron worker are currently building a concrete pentagon with one of the last official pieces of steel from the original World Trade Center at Elks Lodge in Beacon, NY. This piece of steel which was covered with the American flag, was transported on a flat-bed truck by police escort from Long Island to Elks Lodge.
Local 279 members are always there for the community; they continuously participate in volunteer endeavors and encourage each other to extend their skills to benefit the entire Hudson Valley region. This project is just one in a series of community projects undertaken by the members of 279. We are there when something needs to be done. There is a culture of giving back in Local 279 and not everything is publicized but helping out in our communities stands paramount. Two of the carpenters who are working on this 9.11 memorial project, Mike Thompkins and Dan Durham have been nominated for the Citizen Carpenter of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017.
“This is a high-profile volunteer project but whatever we take on becomes a priority. We are not a group that either seek or solicit attention for the actions that we undertake for the good of our communities. The people involved in this project are all members that answer the bell when called. I truly believe that each and every one of the Local 279 volunteers who continue to work their weekends on this project and every other project is what this organization should be all about. I’m so proud of them and the opportunity to serve as their President is just an added bonus,” said James Malcolm, Local 279 President. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.