John W. Danforth Company

John Dickinson Awarded This Month’s Apprentice Highlight

John Dickinson was nominated as this month’s Apprentice Highlight. John is in his second year of his apprenticeship and is a member of the Local 13 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union based in Rochester. John has been working with Danforth since he began the trade over two years ago. John has been working on the Rush-Henrietta Central School District Full Day Kindergarten Project for the last 10 months in Rochester. This project entails laying out boiler rooms, welding, grooving, installing reheat coils, fin tube that come in various roughs, and more. Before this, John worked in Danforth’s Rochester shop with other apprentices, tradesmen, and foremen working on the fabrication of various piping including copper, carbon, and stainless steel for over a year and a half.

John’s supervisor, Pipe Foreman Chris Cobb, says that John is always early, and he listens to and soaks up as much information he can retain from each and every journeyman and applies it to the job at hand. Chris says that John stands out because he strives to be better everyday on the job as well as outside of the job. John consistently works on his welding skills at the Local 13 Union Hall even when class is not in session. John is respectful to his peers and doesn’t blink an eye when it’s time to pick up a broom and clean up, or help a tradesman when needed. According to Chris, John is an exceptional worker and will continue to be an exceptional foreman when his apprenticeship concludes. “Any mechanic that has worked along with him would agree that John has a bright future” says Chris.

About the Apprentice Highlight

Since our inception as a company in 1884, our strength has been our skilled tradesmen in the field and fabrication shops. Our company has grown stronger from generation to generation for over 130 years. This is due in large part to our comprehensive mentoring programs.

We believe in preparing our employees for their future through mentorship. Our apprentices are the future of our labor force and will become the leaders on our jobsites and in our fabrication shops. Our comprehensive hands-on training program gives our apprentices the opportunity to learn from our skilled journeymen and foremen on keynote projects across New York State.

The Apprentice Highlight is an honor bestowed upon up and coming tradesmen who display leadership and pride in their work. Those recognized as the Apprentice Highlight show a passion for their trade, Union and Danforth. The Apprentice Highlight is someone who is not only a student of the trade, but also someone who leads and teaches other apprentices on the job-site.

We are proud of the Union tradesmen that we employ across New York State and beyond. These fine young men and women are at the core of our success and will continue to be in the future. Our Apprentice Highlight program is something that is important to identifying and growing the leaders of the future.

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