Top Notch of Indiana recognized Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 20 with the Training Excellence Award during its seventh annual Standards of Excellence Awards program luncheon on May 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event honored select organizations that earned the highest level of distinction over the previous year in Indiana’s union construction industry.

L to R: Darryl Esterline, Local 20 Business Representative/Fort Wayne Area JATC;
L to R: Darryl Esterline, Local 20 Business Representative/Fort Wayne Area JATC; Jim Morris, Morris Sheet Metal/Fort Wayne Area JATC; Tim Myres, Local 20 Apprenticeship Coordinator; Dario Franchitti, 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner; Jason Benson, Local 20 Business Representative/Indianapolis Area JATC; Trent Todd, Local 20 Business Representative/Lafayette Area JATC

Judged by an assembly of industry leaders, corporate executives and building owners, the Training Excellence Award is presented to the apprenticeship program that exhibited excellence and innovation during the past year. Local No. 20 earned the award because the jury felt the program clearly set a high level of expectation for the apprentices. One jury member said Local No. 20 had “the best training facility I have ever seen,” while other jury members noted the apprenticeship programs’ deliberate attention to value for their project owners with “a clear shift in attitude from just completing a job to creating value for the client.”

Tim Myres, Local No. 20 training coordinator, attributed the local’s recognition to the cumulative effort of the many talented professionals on staff, and the hard work they put forth to be considered, and then honored, with the award. This is the first time Local No. 20’s Apprenticeship and Training Program has been recognized by Top Notch of Indiana.

During the last five years, instructors and staff have worked to upgrade and improve the apprenticeship and training program at Local No. 20. From reworking the curriculum, to preparing apprentices for the next 20, 30, or 40 years of their careers in the real world, it’s been a challenge, but one worth the undertaking, Myres said.

“We all have seen the positive outcome of their efforts, and this award makes it apparent that industry leaders across the state have observed all of their hard work and success as well,” he added.

Awards were presented in four categories, including Training Excellence, Union of the Year, Contractor of the Year and Labor/Management Foundation.

For additional information on the Top Notch Standards of Excellence Awards, visit www.topnotch.org.