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BGCFW: Project Blueprint Update: January 25, 2023

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166

Project Blueprint resumed with a visit from LeVar Brewer of UA Local 166 Plumbers and Steamfitters. Kids cut, sweat and soldered pipe. They broke into groups for the exercise and each child had the opportunity to complete the three steps of the project. They also learned about the sizing of various copper pipes and the names of some plumbing tools.

Article submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Indiana

2609 Fairfield Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Phone: (260) 744-0998

BGCFW Project Blueprint Update: December 6, 2022

Jeramiah Hale from Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 presented an excellent lesson explaining the wide variety of products sheet metal workers contribute to the construction industry. They explained the different types of materials used, ranging from steel, aluminum, copper and other alloyed metals and what they are used for. The club kids were able to make personalized Christmas tree ornaments by etching a design with an engraving pen or by stamping their own message or design onto the ornament. The kids loved making these and were excited to take them home to share with their families.

Thank you Jeramiah and all your volunteers for this awesome lesson.

Article submitted by Sheri Tatman, Fundraising & Marketing Manager


2609 Fairfield Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Phone: (260) 744-0998  Ext. 133

Email: statman@bgcfw.org

Eagle Marsh Barn Repairs & Upgrades and New Entrance Gate

Little River Wetlands Project

The Little River Wetlands Project’s barn at Eagle Marsh, located on Engle Road in Fort Wayne, serves as the headquarters for their many activities throughout the year.

Earlier this year, the Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance partnered with Little River Wetlands Project to assist them with several needed repairs and upgrades to the barn and fabrication and installation of a new entrance gate. 

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers who donated their time and skills and our partners who donated funding and project materials, we were able to provide these repairs and improvements at nearly no cost to this great asset to our community. 

We are incredibly proud of this partnership, our volunteers and partners and appreciate their desire to support our community.


New Barn Floor  The gravel was removed in the back half of the barn and a new concrete slab poured.   The Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 692’s Apprenticeship paid for the concrete and donated the labor to install the new floor.  Volunteers from Laborers Local 213 and Brooks Construction Company, Inc. also joined in. 

New Entrance Gate   All the materials and labor for the fabrication and installation were donated by Ironworkers Local 147 staff and apprentices.   Retired Painters Local 469 member Randy Thieme painted the gate.

Interior Barn Lighting Upgrades & Heaters   Apprentices from IBEW 305 installed lights and Hi-Tech Electric installed new heaters.   IBEW Quality Connection made a large donation to cover the cost of the materials. 

New Gutters were donated and installed by Smart Local 20 and SMACNA.

The Barn Doors were repaired and new rollers installed by Mike Avila and Little River volunteers.

New Barn Entry Door  The door and materials donated by FCI Construction, Carpenters Local 232 and IPS Supply.  Strahm installed the door.

Barn Painted All painting was done by Strahm Group – Local Painters Local 469 volunteer.  Sherwin Williams supplied the paint at a discount and MacAllister Machinery donated the use of the lift. 

A Complete List of Donors

Brooks Construction

IMI Materials

Smart Local 20, SMACNA

Cement Masons Local 692

Hagerman Construction Company

Ironworkers Local 147

Laborers Local 213

FCI Construction

Carpenters Local 232

Millwrights Local 1076

IBEW Quality Connection

IBEW Local 305

Painters Allied Trades District Council 91

Strahm Group, Inc

Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance

Northeast Indiana Building Trades Council

Hi-Tech Electric

Interior Products Supply

MacAllister Machinery Sales, Service & Parts

Sherwin Williams