By TIM ROWDEN
Maryland Heights, MO – Roofers & Waterproofers Local 2 celebrated the grand opening of its new office and training center Oct. 20 at 45 Worthington Access Dr. in Maryland Heights. St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page was on hand to help cut the ribbon and take the grand tour.
Local 2 President/Business Manager Denny Marshall, Jr. said the new training center is the largest, most up-to-date facility in the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers.
“We have 300 apprentices right now, and we’ll take all we can get because we want to supply the contractors.” Marshall said, “I want all apprentices that go through Local 2 training to not just be the safest Roofers and Waterproofers, but the most productive and problem solvers on the job. We are Union Roofers and Waterproofers. We are supposed to be the best of the best, nothing less.”
The new training center includes a classroom, meeting hall, two model buildings to be roofed and testing pods for apprentices to master different materials and techniques.
“When they take their journeyman test they’ll be in there and have all kinds of different penetrations and scenarios to have to do to pass to become journeymen.”
Local 2 was in its old building in downtown St. Louis on Locust Street for 30 years but it only had room for one small mockup roof.
Marshall said it took about a year to convert the new building, a former 20,000-square-foot warehouse, into a new state-of-the art training facility, deemed the biggest and best roofers’ training school in country by the International Union.
“You’ve got to set the bar,” he said. “That’s what we did, we set the bar.”