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Skilled Pipeline Trades host technology expos across Northern Minnesota, including Cloquet

A coalition of trade organizations representing the workers who build Minnesota's pipelines announced today that they will hold a series of public events in northern Minnesota featuring hands-on demonstrations and displays of pipeline technology ...

A coalition of trade organizations representing the workers who build Minnesota's pipelines announced today that they will hold a series of public events in northern Minnesota featuring hands-on demonstrations and displays of pipeline technology and construction techniques.

The coalition, including four pipeline crafts unions, will visit Cloquet, Bemidji, and Park Rapids on July 21st, 22nd, and 23rd respectively.

“This is a chance for the public to get up-close and personal with the technology and training that our skilled workers employ to build safe, secure pipelines,” said Dan Olson, International Representative of the Laborers International Union of North America.

Each stop was chosen for its proximity to existing and proposed pipeline projects.

“For us, safety is job one,” Olson said. “We wanted to take this information to the communities that are most directly affected by our work. Our members live here, and most of them have hunting and fishing licenses, so protecting the environment is a job we all take seriously.”

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The trades hope this series of expos across northern Minnesota will generate greater public understanding of how pipelines are built, and showcase the skills of union pipeline construction workers.

For attendees, free food and raffle prizes will be available at each event from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will feature a child friendly mini-back hoe, a virtual welder, and pipeline safety discussions, among other interactive demonstrations and displays.

Last month the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a certificate of need for the Sandpiper Pipeline, a $2.6 billion project that promises to create an estimated 3,000 jobs in the region.
Tuesday, July 21  
Veteran’s Park
11am to 2pm 
Cloquet, MN 55720
The corner of Highway 33 and Avenue B. Take Highway 33 north off I35

 

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