The Ironworkers Local 577 hosted about 90 people in Lee County for the District Apprenticeship Competition on June 6th. Ironworkers apprentices from 7 states came to Keokuk to compete in welding, cutting, rigging, rod tying, architectural ornamental, layout instruments and the column climb as well as a written test.
It takes skill to be an overall Ironworker," commented Steve Dowell with Local Ironworkers 577. "They compete in a lot of different areas and people don't get to see that everyday."
The overall winner of the competition, Jacob Fordice from Kansas City, now goes on to the international competition. Second place went to Justin Byrd from East St. Louis and Steve Weekley from St. Louis received third overall.
“It was an exciting day,” said Dana Millard with Lee County Economic Development. “It’s great to see the trades being celebrated like this and you can tell these apprentices take the competition seriously.”