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Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Honoring Native Americans who built skyscrapers, bridges

Honoring Native Americans who built skyscrapers, bridges

Turhan Clause, an Algonquin and Mohawk ironworker, on a fake beam in the exhibit. (Courtesy Iroquois Indian Museum)

The next time you’re in Manhattan, a place where skyscrapers poke at the clouds, look up and think about this:

The men who built those giants were perched hundreds of feet above the ground and walked on girders less than 12 inches wide.

The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the Time Warner Building. Haudenosaunee ironworkers from the Six Nations of the Iroquois, most of them Mohawks, raised and riveted the beams of New York’s iconic buildings.

From 1968 to 1972, the World Trade Center was built by 500 men, 200 of whom were Mohawks.

At the Iroquois Indian Museum, a new exhibit, “Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero,” honors the Native Americans who proudly chose jobs in structural ironworking, one of the most dangerous occupations in construction.

“The structures are larger than life, the stories are larger than life,” says Colette Lemmon, curator of exhibitions.

“We hope this will pull in guys that are in construction, women in construction, young people who are interested in construction.”

Tools, work clothes, historic photos, artwork and many other objects borrowed from ironworkers were brought together to tell their stories.

The exhibit “resonates with family values, community values, things we forget,” says Lemmon.

“The ideas are about teamwork, responsibility for actions, standing up to fear.”

The story begins in the 1880s with Mohawks on Kahnawake Indian lands in Quebec.

When the Dominion Bridge Company of Canada wanted to build a bridge from Montreal through the Kahnawake, the contract to obtain land rights required that they hire Mohawks. The Native Americans proved to be skilled climbers and were trained to do structural ironwork.

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