Pirate ship parade float built at carpentry training center for TradeWinds

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on August 16, 2017 with No Comments

Thanks to the efforts of carpenters unions, TradeWinds Services Inc. now has a pirate ship to display in parades. TradeWinds serves the other-abled in the community. The ship float won an award in this year’s Hobart Fourth of July parade.

Over the past few months, carpenters union members, apprentice’s and retirees from Locals 599,1005,1485, and 1076 of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) showcased their carpentry skills by building a pirate ship parade float for TradeWinds Services Inc. to display in parades.

TradeWinds, a Merrillville nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, has wanted to build a pirate ship to use in parades for years, and the IKORCC helped make this vision come to life.

TradeWinds started collecting donations for the project last year and was able to obtain enough donations toward supplies, materials, and other necessities. With IKORCC members providing volunteer labor and craftsmanship, the project was able to come to fruition.

“We were very excited to help with the pirate ship project,” commented Jim Slagle, representative of the IKORCC. “TradeWinds is a great organization doing great work for in our local communities, and we were honored to do what we could to help.”

“I was connected with Jim Slagle through Ryan Reithel at IBEW and Jim was nice enough to meet with me and discuss the ship,” commented Lisa Tatina, Tradewinds representative for donations and volunteers. “They agreed to donate the labor and house the ship at their apprentice school until it was done.

“The Carpenters Union jumped on this project and had this ship done in no time. This ship is more than I ever imagined it could be, and I could not believe it when I first saw it. We can’t thank the Carpenters Union enough for doing this. Our project at TradeWinds finally came to life thanks to them and our other donors.”

TradeWinds has already showcased the new float at several parades in Highland and Hobart  and won best overall float in the Hobart Fourth of July parade.

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 33 locals in Indiana. Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee.




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