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2019 Advanced Susan Harwood Grant Rigging Principles Training

Throughout 2019, NATE will be facilitating 12 Advanced Rigging Principles Courses nationwide. NATE is pleased to offer these courses free of charge to industry employees and employers due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-05018-SH8) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Upcoming complimentary, grant-enabled training sessions will be hosted in Tustin, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Urbana, Iowa; Glen Allen, Virginia; Kenner, Louisiana; Bellevue, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; Mukwonago, Wisconsin and Needham, Massachusetts.

The Advanced Rigging Principles curriculum will be tailored specifically to the communication tower industry and include detailed instruction on advanced industry rigging principles workers need to know such as synthetic rope, rope inspection, rigging forces and lift systems, and communication and execution of hoisting operations per the ANSI/ASSP 10.48 Standard. The training is organized into six sections that include the following subject topics:

• Section 1: Introduction to NATE and OSHA
• Section 2: State of the Industry
• Section 3: Primary Regulations, Codes, Standards, and Policies
• Section 4: Synthetic Rope
• Section 5: Rigging Forces and Lift Systems
• Section 6: Communication and Execution of Hoisting Operations

The course will also include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.

Interested participants should complete the accompanying Advanced Rigging Principles Training registration forms for the training location in their region on the Association’s 2019 Worker Training Course website page today.

NATE Unveils ‘Band of Brothers’ Video

NATE today released the first #ClimberConversation video of 2019, shining a spotlight on the camaraderie that develops between tower technician crews. The video was released at the 2019 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, a conference that NATE is actively participating in this week.

The #ClimberConversation volume is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new pipeline of workers into the industry.

The video, entitled “Band of Brothers” includes testimonial footage from tower technicians talking about the special family type bonds that occur when working at tower sites and traveling around the country with their fellow crew members. Click HERE to watch the video.

NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConversation.

NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit HERE to watch the previous videos released in the #ClimberConversation series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.

NATE to Host Inaugural Member Congressional Fly-In Event in the Nation’s Capital

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the key details associated with the inaugural NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event in Washington, D.C. on May 14-15, 2019.The NATE Member Congressional Fly-In will be a time for representatives from NATE member companies across the country to converge in the Nation’s Capital. to conduct meetings with the congressional delegations and staff representing all of their respective states.

The Association will assist all participating NATE members with lining up their meetings with their designated state congressional delegations and staff. Additionally, all participating NATE members will receive an official copy of the NATE-branded 116thCongressional Directoryand will be thoroughly briefed with a NATE Legislative and Regulatory Priorities Briefing Paper.All of the Association’s congressional policy priorities are bi-partisan in nature.

“With over 855 member companies nationwide, NATE is excited to flex our grassroots muscle by hosting our organization’s first official member fly-in event in D.C. this spring,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “All politics is local and the fly-in event serves as a call to action for representatives from all NATE member companies to participate. Due to the extensive footprint of our membership, our companies can have a tremendous impact on their respective congressional delegations by virtue of where they are from and the prominent role their companies are playing in our vibrant industry,” added Schlekeway.

The NATE Member Congressional Fly-In will also be an opportunity to network with associatesfrom many of the other wireless, broadcast and utility industry organizations that the Association collaborates with. NATE will be hosting several fun networking eventsin conjunction with the fly-in. All of these networking events are free to attend for NATE member fly-in participants.

Additional information pertaining to the NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event agenda and hotel information are included below for members to reference. To participate in the NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event, please RSVP to [email protected]!

Hotel Information

NATE has secured a small room block at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard. To access the exclusive$292/night rate (rates apply to Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 only and there is limited availability), guests need to copy and paste the URL (https://tinyurl.com/yxu3rxen) into your browser.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard
50 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Reservations Line:202-899-2800 or 1-800-CALL-HOME
Online Booking Link:https://tinyurl.com/yxu3rxen

If the NATE room block fills and additional rooms are not available at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard, here is a link with an alternativelisting of hotels in the area:https://www.capitolriverfront.org/plan-your-visit/hotels.For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.


Tower Family Foundation, NATE Announce 2019 Ernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Winner

The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) have jointly announced that Austin Uhr, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6 during the annual NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

During his time as a student at the University of Evansville, Austin Uhr has distinguished himself in the engineering with interests in the areas of construction and structures. This past summer Uhr, served as a construction intern for a local consulting company and is actively seeking a summer 2019 internship in the field of structural design.

“Austin is a dedicated student who submits projects and classwork of the highest degree,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In his structural design projects, he strives for creative designs that serve their intended function, while maintaining a keen eye on constructability issues. He is not afraid of any challenge placed before him and is always willing to work with his classmates. Austin is at the top of his class academically, but especially excels in courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. We think his work ethic and diligence best embody the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of this memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and a Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarshipawards a $2,500 scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

NATE Announces 2019 Executive Committee Members

NATE has announced that Board of Directors’ members Jimmy Miller, John Paul (JP) Jones and Kevin Dougherty were elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference and Trade Show in Grapevine, Texas.

Jimmy Miller, President and CEO of MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi, was elected to serve in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Miller becomes the seventh Chairman in NATE’s twenty-four year history as an organization.  Miller has served on the NATE Board of Directors for eight years. Miller is also a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee, Financial Investment Committee and is an active participant on the Association’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee, where he served as the first Chairman.

John Paul (JP) Jones, President of Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC in Cedar Park, Texas, was elected to serve in the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jones has served on the NATE Board of Directors for five years. Jones also currently serves as the Chairman of the OSHA Relations Committee, as a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and is active on the UAS Committee.

Kevin Dougherty, CEO of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware, was re-elected to serve in the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee. Dougherty has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for 3 years and has fulfilled a variety of other leadership roles during his tenure with NATE, including service on the OSHA Relations Committee, STAR Initiative Ad-Hoc Committee and Workforce Development Group.

“I would like to congratulate Jimmy, JP and Kevin on being elected by their colleagues on the NATE Board of Directors to serve on the Executive Committee,” stated Chief Operating Officer Paula Nurnberg. “NATE continues to grow and evolve as an organization and the Association’s leadership is doing an incredible job presiding over very exciting and innovative times in the industry,” added Nurnberg.

NATE also plans to formally honor departing Board members Jim Tracy and Jim Miller for their leadership and years of service to the Association during the NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6.