As the president of an organization created to promote union labor in the Wabash Valley, I’ve seen the landscape of the community evolve. No doubt, Terre Haute has suffered from lost jobs and stalled growth times. In fact, there were times when a union worker would have to drive a significant distance to a job to secure work. The Wabash Valley Contractors Association watches the economic trends and how what is happening at the national, state and local levels impacts our ability to keep good men and women working. Our mission is focused on supporting economic development and jobs growth that gives labor members and their families an opportunity to live a reputable quality of life in the Wabash Valley.
We’re at an interesting place in time worth noting. Recently, the Tribune-Star published a list of current and upcoming projects, setting a historical precedent for our time. As a reminder, some of those projects include the Terre Haute Convention Center, two new downtown parking garages, remodel of Hulman Center, potential casino, new police department, the build-out of Wabash Valley Resources (old energy plant), a new overpass and much more.
In order to take advantage of such an important place in time, the Wabash Valley Contractors Association wants people to know that the trades are alive and well, skilled and ready to serve this community. It is times like these when we have the opportunity to hone our skills, help families live better lives and develop the community in which over 10,000 of our members and their families call home.
If you’ve ever considered joining a trade, now is the time. History is unfolding in front of us.
Bill Hann, Jr.
Wabash Valley Contractors Association, Board President
The Wabash Valley Contractors Association (WVCA) was proud to present several scholarships to area students at the organization’s recent award ceremony: Seth Payton, Carly Winning, Christian Biddle, Briar Herb, Douglas Grim, and Logan Grim, all attending Indiana State University; and Spencer Grim, attending Bellarmine University.
Scholarship recipients must have a parent currently working for Membership Company of the WVCA. Additionally, they must have a GPA of at least 2.50 and be entering their junior or senior year at a four-year college or entering their senior year at a junior or vocational college.
Also, at the award ceremony, the following honors were given to WVCA members: Ted Hazledine, Benchmark Steel, received the Cornerstone Award; George Pettit, AAA Electric of Terre Haute, received the Presidents Award; Tim Twitchell, Garmong Construction, received the Past Presidents Award; and Brian Stolt, Overhead Door Company of Terre Haute, received an award in recognition for past support to WVCA.