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The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is announcing the completion of a major expansion of its International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 222,000 square foot "West Building" nearly doubles the size of the campus and includes state of the art training, education and meeting facilities, which will be used by members, regional council instructors and other union staff.

The Las Vegas campus, which includes rooms for members visiting the center for training, now covers 17 acres and can accommodate up to 2,000 visitors at a time. Among the features of the West Building are a dive tank for underwater welding instruction, four overhead bridge cranes, pile driving pits, turbine pits and a retractable roof allowing for expanding scaffold training.

“Our job is to make sure our members are trained and ready,” said Bill Irwin, Executive Director of the Carpenters International Training Fund. Irwin is a member of Carpenters Local 40 and the former Executive Director for the New England Carpenters Training Fund.

“Effective training creates more employment opportunities for our members, because they are skilled in how to act professionally and work productively.”

The UBC has lots of information on the expansion and how it will help union carpenters continue to be the best value in the construction industry on their site. Visit this page on for a complete rundown.