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Local 440 Ironworkers 'Toppin Out' on one-billion-dollar building


Flags were raised in the 'topping out' in Marcy, NY by Akwesasne and Kahnawake ironworkers.

Arrow White, Local 440 shared photos of their 'Topping Out' – raising of Haudenosaunee Flag for setting the last steel beam in the structure. White said along with the one-billion-dollar facility, a new hospital is being constructed nearby. On Tuesday, men were removing cranes for the next phase of construction. While a few ironworkers were laid off, some stayed on to work on the building's siding, which is expected to take at least five months to complete.

A partial view of the one-billion-dollar facility being constructed in Marcy, NY.

White said there are all types of trade workers needed, so much so local unions have had to call in union members from out of state. Many ironworkers are working ten hours a day, six days a week.

Arrow White and a number of Akwesasronon and Kahnawake ironworkers are building Cree | Wolfspeed silicon carbide fabrication plant. According to Cree/Wolfspeed, it will house the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication facility.

Cree Inc., is a North Carolina company known for its LED lighting products. The highly automated plant in Marcy, NY will make silicon carbide wafers for automotive-qualified 200mm power and radio frequency semiconductors.

White said, "We work hard, and we keep in mind to stay safe and wear a mask."


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