about boilermakers local 5

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.

Typical Tasks

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 Tom Ryan, 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.


Tom Ryan, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer
Kevin O’Brien, President/Assistant Business Manager, Zone 5
Stephen Jennison,  Vice President
Christopher Donahue, Recording Secretary
Moises Fernandez, Inspector
Andrew Fultz, Chairman of the Trustees
Thomas Antonioli, Trustee Zone 5
Matthew Motak, Trustee Zone 7
Andrew Fultz, Trustee Zone 175
Michael Freer, Trustee Zone 197