DETROIT, MI, OCTOBER 31, 2019 - We had the honor of hosting the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation (SMART) International Union leaders at our 250,000 square foot Detroit Manufacturing Campus.
Joined by SMART General President, Joseph Sellers and his leadership team, GK led the group on a tour of our newest fabrication facility; the 150,000 square foot building operated by the skilled trade workers of SMART Local Union 292.
Our guests had the opportunity to witness first-hand what makes the Gallagher-Kaiser manufacturing campus one of the safest and most efficient fabrication facilities in North America.
In addition to installing industry-leading equipment, GK made unprecedented improvements in terms of worker safety. From expanding our aisle-ways to eliminate potential collisions, to training an on-site 292 first responders' team and installing horizontal life lines throughout the shop for fall protection; GK’s commitment to sending every worker home safe is unmistakably present throughout the entire facility.
With over 67 years of manufacturing experience, we’re privileged to have second and third generation sheet metal workers on our 292 team. From fabrication to installation, their expertise and commitment to quality is what sets Gallagher-Kaiser apart.
Aside from his role as GK President, Tracy Roberts also serves as one of the Management Trustees for SMART Local 292. Tracy played a significant role in the expansion of the Detroit fabrication facility; making sure our skilled trades’ workforce was equipped to succeed.
“Of course, our manufacturing and installation group is an integral part of our operation. We wanted to design a facility that not only kept everyone safe, but that allowed us to be as efficient as possible. And I believe we’ve done that,” said Roberts. “From the investment we made in the machinery on the shop floor to the logistical design of the entire campus, it was important to us that our GK 292 team felt this was a space they could succeed in. The opportunity to show the SMART leaders from across the nation what we can do here in Detroit, is certainly a highlight of my career.”
Gallagher-Kaiser is proud to show SMART Union the space their local 292 members apply their skill set; the most technologically advanced fabrication shop in the industry today.