Volume 36, Issue 10, October 2001
A Minute With ...
Ironworkers Local 40, New York City
Jack Doyle, president of the Local 40 Ironworkers Union, and members of his organization were called upon when terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City on September 11. Local 40, which was in part responsible for the erection of the towers during the early 1970s, is now helping to dismantle it. Doyle has been a member of Local 40 for 34 years.
Q. How many members of Local 40 have been out working at Ground Zero?
Between 300 and 350.
Q. Are there still men and women from your organization working?
Yes, we still have full crews working at the World Trade Center.
Q. What is the sentiment among your organization regarding the rebuilding of the World Trade Centers?
Although that has not been formally discussed, I think most of the Ironworkers would like to see the towers replaced.
Q. I know your organization played a significant role in the erection of the World Trade Center towers. How has this act affected the morale of the men and women you work with?
The morale of the Ironworkers has not been affected, mainly because they are so busy trying to clean up the mess that was made. The grim task at hand and the loss of so many innocent lives overrides personal feelings which would have a direct affect on their morale.
Q. In your opinion, will this tragedy have a lasting effect on the iron-working industry?
No. We have new buildings under construction now and many more in the planning stages. This is a terrible tragedy, but New York is a great city with a lot of great people and it takes more than two blows to knock us out.
Q. Do you think this incident will affect the number of skyscrapers erected in the United States?
I cannot speak for the rest of the country; however, I do not think it will affect the number of skyscrapers erected in New York City. Space is limited, we have to go up. Besides, New York City has to continue looking like New York City.
Q. Aside from the work your chapter is doing to unmangle the steel, have you or any of your members done anything else to help the relief efforts?
Through our local union we are providing counseling for those that need to talk to someone about all that has happened. We are also distributing work clothes and tools, which were so generously provided by members of ironworking families.
Q. Could you describe a typical workday since the tragedy of Tuesday, September, 11th?
I leave my house at 5a.m., drive to our day hall in mid-town Manhattan at around 6 a.m, drink a few cups of coffee, and the phones start ringing off the wall by 6:15a.m. The dispatching of workers on a normal day would end at about 8 a.m., but with the World Trade Center disaster we are sometimes around until 9 or 10 p.m.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers?
On behalf of our officers, Ed Walsh (business manager) and Bob Walsh (business agent), all the members of Local 40 and myself, we would like to say thank you to the people all over the country for their help during this great time of need. The calls we received from people offering their services was overwhelming, not to mention all the kind words of encouragement.
Former USGlass Sales Manager George Mannion Dies
George Mannion of Park Forest, Ill., passed away September 8, 2001, after a brief battle with cancer. He had a 30-year career in advertising sales and represented USGlass magazine from 1992 until his retirement in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Rita and four grown children, George, Chris, Brian and Teresa. A memorial mass was held on September 11 in Park Forest.
“George was a great and solid person who loved his family above all else,” said Debra Levy USGlass publisher. “Our thoughts are with his family.”
Mills Named Azon’s New CEO
David Mills, president of Azon USA Inc., was recently appointed to the position of chief executive officer. He also serves as vice chairperson of the Azon companies, Azon UK Ltd., Azon Korea Inc. and Azon China Office.
Mills succeeds company founder Jim Dunstan who will remain as the chairperson of the board and chairperson of the Azon companies.
Polan Appointed As Director of Sales & Marketing
Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. has appointed Michael Polan as its new director of sales and marketing. Polan is responsible for developing marketing plans, coordinating marketing efforts of the company’s sales and customer service teams and developing new markets.
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