Who We Are
Any member of The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers may call himself or herself a Boilermaker; and many do even though they do not actually work in boiler construction and repair.
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is a diverse union representing over 100,000 workers throughout the United States and Canada in construction, repair, maintenance, manufacturing, professional emergency medical services, and related industries. With its headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers unites 420 Local Lodges throughout North America, providing numerous services for Local Lodges and individual members and uniting all our members in our common endeavor: to improve the lives and lifestyles of our members.
What we do
Today’s Field Construction Boilermaker is involved in more than just the construction and repair of boilers. Boilermakers are a vital part of construction project teams that erect and repair pressure vessels, air pollution equipment, blast furnaces, water treatment plants, storage and process tanks, stacks and liners. A Boilermaker could be involved in the installation of a giant super-heater section in a large utility boiler, the erection of a 750,000-gallon water storage tank, the placement of a nuclear power plant reactor dome or the construction of components on a hydroelectric power station.
- Loading and unloading materials
- Rigging materials for movement
- Directing crane operators
- Assembling/disassembling scaffolds and work platforms
- Changing crane booms
- Inspecting and caring for rigging accessories and equipment
- Burning and gouging
- Removing and replacing pressured and non-pressure components
- Interpreting blueprints
- Laying out components
- Erecting support steel beams, columns, high/low pressure components
- Using various welding equipment and process
- Aligning and fitting components
Local Lodge No 5
Headquartered in Floral Park (NY), Local Lodge No. 5 was established as a Field Construction Lodge. Under the leadership of current Business Manager Steve Ludwigson, Local Lodge No. 5 is comprised of four separate jurisdictional Zones:
- Local Lodge No. 5, Zone 5 – Floral Park, NY
- Local Lodge No. 5, Zone 7 – Orchard Park, NY
- Local Lodge No. 5, Zone 175 – Oswego, NY
- Local Lodge No. 5, Zone 197 – Albany, NY
Together, Local Lodge No. 5 boosts a membership of diverse and highly skilled individuals that are regularly dispatched throughout Eastern and Central New York.
For more information regarding the structure of our union; our International Officers; the many divisions, conferences, and departments into which the Union is divided – along with some history – please visit www.boilermakers.org.
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL LODGE NO. 5 OFFICERS
Steven Ludwigson, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer
Thomas Ryan, President/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 5
Kevin O’Brien, Vice President/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 5
Christopher Donahue, Recording Secretary
Moises Fernandez, Inspector
Andrew Labeck, Chairman of Trustees, Zone 5
Mike Bogue, Trustee/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 7
Greg Peterson, Trustee/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 175
William Bailey, Trustee/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 197