Free public tours offered Saturday at both local union training schools

Fulton area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about two Fulton union training facilities when free public tours will be offered Saturday afternoon.

The tours are offered in conjunction with “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian exhibit at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.

Callaway County also has an exhibit at the museum. Some of the exhibits showing old tools and other displays were prepared by Fulton area unions.

Both training schools in Fulton serve union members in the Central Missouri region.

Public tours will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at both schools. The training facility for union members of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 is located at 451 W. St. Eunice Rd. and the school for union members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 is located at 101 Industrial Dr.

Mark Fohey, business representative for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, said the two Fulton unions were asked by the Fulton Area Development Corporation to provide the tours to help supplement The Way We Worked exhibition at the National Churchill Museum.

Fohey said the training facility for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 provides training at night for union apprentices who want to learn the trade and journeymen members who want to sharpen their skills with modern techniques.

The school provides training for its union members in central and northern Missouri.

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