ECA member Trench Shoring Company has set April, 2021 as the target date for the opening of their San Leandro location – the firm’s eleventh.

With this newest facility, the company takes another step toward their commitment to serve all of California, with ten branches from San Diego to the Bay Area, plus a location in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The new San Leandro facility will give Trench Shoring Company convenient access to the busy construction industry in Northern California. The branch is central to the Bay Area, near Oakland Airport and close to major freeways.

Notes Trench Shoring Company President Kevin Malloy, “Since the launch of our company in 1973, Commitment to Safety and Service has been founder Tom Malloy’s motto. Many of our contractors have been asking us to open a Northern California location. Our goal for the San Leandro facility will be same day service to support projects throughout the Bay Area.” 

Integral to the opening of their San Leandro branch is the company’s focus on safety both for their employee workforce and also in the trenches for their clients and customers. To support their internal workforce, Malloy established a Safety Task Force with the dual goals of embedding a culture of safety throughout the company and correcting any unsafe practices. 

These safety goals have evolved into a detailed training manual which today includes over 30 different safety policies and procedures. To educate and help keep Northern California clients and contractors safe in the trenches, Trench Shoring University (TSU) instructors will employ their state-of-the-art training tools adapted for both online (remote learning) as well as classroom situations when safe. Competent Person Training and Confined Space Training courses meet all OSHArequirements.

Notes President Malloy, “Although our new location has been planned for some time, the actual launch will not occur until we are completely set up with staff and inventory.” 

From day one, the San Leandro facility will be equipped with a full inventory of shoring equipment including steel trench plates, trench shields, hydraulic shoring, slide rail and a wide range of safety equipment. Heavy and utility vehicles, crane, pickup and flatbed trucks, and a well-trained staff are ready to provide the same-day service on which Trench Shoring Company has built its reputation for almost fifty years.

Laborers Graduate 508 ‘Journeypersons’ 

The Laborers’ Training and Retraining Trust of Southern California celebrated the advancement of 508 apprentices to LIUNA journeymen and journeywomen status during a virtual 2020 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony on Jan. 23.

Jon P. Preciado, business manager of the Southern California District Council of Laborers (SCDCL), noted that while the graduation was “virtual,” the training was not: “2020 presented everyone with a unique set of circumstances in which to live and work. While a lot of people could work from home or sit in on a zoom meeting, these apprentices, now journeymen and women, had no choice but to go to the job site every day to learn their trade and to earn their pay raises.” 

“Despite the obstacles laid in front of them, these men and women rose to the challenge and got the job done. On behalf of the 32,000 LIUNA members in Southern California, I applaud them on their accomplishment,” Preciado added. 

In the class of 2020, the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship program graduated 492, the Laborers’ Landscape and Irrigation Fitter Apprenticeship program graduated seven, and the Laborers’ Cement Mason Finisher Apprenticeship graduated nine new journeypersons. 

There is more to come as the Laborers Training School has more than 2,700 active apprentices and graduated nearly 3,000 in the last five years.

“It has been a difficult year, but I think we did a great job of managing the situation. Based on COVID safety protocols for staff and students, we had to limit our in-person course offerings and move some classes to an on-line format and cross-train our staff,” said Scott Gordon, Laborers’ Training School executive director.

“Luckily, we had been working to establish on-line training standards for a few years. We worked swiftly to ensure that our on-line training met standards at the State level and received approval from our Local Education Agency,” Gordon explained. We did all of this to ensure that these apprentices could get the classes they needed when they needed them. I am so happy that we could help them make that step to journey status.”

The Laborers’ Training and Retraining Trust of Southern California is a partnership between the SCDCLand its signatory contractors, including ECA. The Laborers Training School operates 12 facilities in Southern California and provided 172,568 hours of construction skills training to 14,306 students in 2020.