Grand Rapids Location


The IBEW Local Union 160 Building Corporation closed on property in Grand Rapids, MN on Friday August 15, 2014.  The purchase agreement was contingent on two items; the City of Grand Rapids would have to approve the size and type of building we wanted and the soil tests were to come back in a positive way, meaning we did not have to spend a large amount of money on foundation/footing.  Both of these were satisfied.  We are working with Max Gray Construction out of Hibbing on a building design.  Tentatively we are looking at about a 40' by 60' building, that will provide at least three offices, a counter to do referrals and a meeting room large enough to hold about 60 people.  The actual address is to be determined at a later time, but it is on SE 17th Street, Grand Rapids, MN, between SE 2nd Ave and SE 5th Ave, behind the Timberlake Lodge.  We will build close to the tree line then towards 2nd Ave.  I have had on-going conversations with IBEW Local Union 31 (whom also represents a number of employers in the area) and they are interested in renting the hall for their meetings.  In fact, since the word has gotten out about our new building, other unions are asking about renting space.  I can assure everyone the finances work for us even if we don't have renters.  However, if we can bring in some renters without taxing the building too much, it would be beneficial for Local 160.

Thomas G. Koehler
Business Manager/Financial Secretary



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November/December 2014 Newsletter


I have temporarily appointed Bob Boogren as my Assistant Business Manager while I am re-cooperating from an inury sustained from a fall.  Bob will be available for any issues that may arise   Page 3

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NOTICE TO ALL 'A' MEMBERS   All IBEW 'A' members will have a $1.00 increase in their dues regardless of whether or  not you have a wage increase.   Page 2

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2014 International Linemen's Rodeo    Page 5

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