Ironworker apprentice places first in tri-state skills competition

Columbiana County resident, Raden McKnight, has garnered the distinction as an accomplished ironworker by placing first in a recent skills competition. Raden, a third-year apprentice and member of Local 207, competed earlier this month against the top ironworker apprentices from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in a skills competition that included welding, rigging, and column climbing, and a written test.

Held in Youngstown, this year’s competition produced another local finalist, Mahoning County’s Dan Shank. Dan is also a third-year apprentice and a member of Local 207. Along with a trophy and $1,000 savings bond, Raden won the chance to compete against 130 apprentices from the U.S. and Canada at the International Ironworker Apprentice Competition that will be held in September of 2010 in Seattle, Washington.