Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council break ground on new training facility in Pekin

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 6:22 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 NEWS) -A new project in Pekin will help train the next generation of carpenters and millwrights in Central Illinois.

The Mid America Carpenters Regional Council broke ground on a new training facility Friday.

The 15,000 square foot building is an addition to the council’s current Apprentice & Training program’s Pekin campus, where nearly 800 journeymen and apprentices will learn their craft.

“This project is going to enable us to have the added space that we need to teach our apprentices and journeymen the latest skill, the newest technology and it will up to have the best well trained workforce in Central Illinois,” Rob Swegle, director of the Apprentice & Training program’s Pekin campus said.

The new building provides more space for carpenters to work on flooring, putting up ceilings and other skills

“This will draw in apprentices from over 40 different counties, that will bring them to Pekin, which gives them an experience of the community and how it’s growing,” Pekin mayor Mark Luft said.

Spokesperson for Mid America Carpenters Regional Council said on one standard building, carpenters complete about 60% of the project, working on key components of the building, like laying foundation, concrete and more.

Roy Eash has been a carpenter in Peoria for 27 years and graduated from the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Apprentice & Training Program.

Eash said it puts carpenters on a path to success in the field and says he’s proud to help serve the community.

“Every building is like if you’re taking a last shot in a championship game and you make it, that’s the pride you feel,” Eash said

Eash said one of his favorite projects he worked on is OSF’s Children’s Hospital in Peoria.

He said it’s surreal to drive by everyday and see the buildings he helped put together.

“Knowing that my children’s children are gonna know that I built that, the carpenters built that, It’s incredible,” Eash said.

The facility is slated to open in 2022.

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