Local 83’s past and present achievements during our 100 years allow our skilled membership and leaders to achieve higher goals and exemplify the Boilermaker Code.
Our recent achievements include Hawthorn Generating Station in Kansas City, MO. The station implemented a comprehensive improvement in its sootblowing processes to increase plant efficiency. This will help develop and implement standards to cut emissions, which EPA wants cut by 30% by 2030. PRB (Powder River Basin) Coal Users’ Group honors a power plant each year and featured in Power magazine. Since 2002, Local 83 has had six plants on this respectable list: Tecumseh Energy Center (2002), Jeffrey Energy Center (2003), Lawrence Energy Center (2007), Muscatine Power & Water (2011, Small Plant), Iatan Power Plant (2011, Large Plant), and North Omaha Power Station (2013, Small Plant). Respect of the owners, contractors, customers and other tradesman allow Local 83 to complete these jobs.
In order to guarantee our members have proper training, knowledge and room for our growing membership, a new training center, complete with rigging structure, offices and basement storage were built in 2011 to double the size of the existing building. Members formerly used the International training center located in Kansas City, KS, which is now closed. Members, apprentices, and potential members
have access to the current training center during normal office hours.
Community support is also a big part of Local 83’s brotherhood. Annual Red Cross blood drives are held at the Hall in honor of a member’s son who suffered from Crohn’s disease. College Scholarships are awarded annually to students of current members who submit essays. Boy Scouts have shown their welding skills to earn badges. Local 83 has helped fund and donated to dozens of programs around the area.
The Apprenticeship program and on-the-job training also give our members life-long knowledge to work locally and nationally. This ability brings the local union members together to form a brotherhood full of pride and loyalty. The Midwest’s fossil fuel and renewable resource industry provide ample work throughout the year and outage season, and one reason we maintain high membership.
Local 83 will compete with the best, produce the best, and be the best…Brotherhood of Boilermakers.