About Us

Who We Are

The Iron Workers Great Lakes District Council is proudly associated with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers.

Our territory is home to Iron Workers:

Our History

In the late 1880s, steel had virtually replaced wood and stone as the primary load-carrying material in the erection of bridges and buildings. This abrupt change in structural materials brought about a demand for a new type of worker-bridgemen and architectural ironworkers. Ironworkers became known as "cowboys in the sky." As these daring, young, independent men aged and became husbands and providers, their thoughts turned to providing for their families during sickness, injury, and death and the realization by joining together, their voices became stronger, unified, and heard. Thus, the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America was established on February 4, 1896 by sixteen delegates who attended our founding convention in Pittsburgh.

Officers & Trustees

The officers of the Iron Workers District Council represent the membership, well - comprised of industry experts possessing great leadership skills and an abundance of industry knowledge.

Gregory Christy


William Sherer

1st Vice President

Rich Jordan

2nd Vice President

Mike Randick

3rd Vice President

Bengy Swanson

Financial Secretary

Marty Marinack

Recording Secretary

Tony Deley


Eric Kahle


Greg Bernarding