BATON ROUGE, La., March 20th—Brown & Root Industrial Services, LLC today announced that 2 of its employees earned top honors at the 2023 National Craft Championships at Associated Builders and Contractors Convention 2023 in Orlando, Florida, on March 17. The 34th annual competition showcased the skills and expertise of nearly 200 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals.
Justin Howard of Deer Park, Texas took home the silver medal in the millwright competition with Anthony Robert of Ama, Louisiana securing a bronze medal finish in the pipe welding competition. Howard received an additional award for demonstrating outstanding safety throughout the competition.
“We are proud of the skill and commitment to safety demonstrated by Justin and Anthony at the NCC,” said Brown & Root chief executive officer Andy Dupuy. “Both competitors represented Brown & Root well and will play an important role in the future of our industry. Our team is fortunate to employ such talented craft professionals.”
The NCC featured the nation’s top-performing craft professionals, including carpenters, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers, welders and more, all vying for top honors in 16 competitions with skills on display in 12 crafts. NCC also featured a team competition with journey-level craft professionals from different crafts working to complete a joint project. The competition included a two-hour online exam and a six-hour practical performance test.
“Brown & Root’s competitors exhibited world-class quality and safety at the nation’s premier skilled trade competition” said Brown & Root chief operating officer Fred McManus. “Justin and Anthony brighten the future of the merit shop industry, build America stronger and highlight the countless career opportunities available in construction.”
Established in 1987, the National Craft Championships celebrate and recognize upskilling in construction, draw some of the country’s most talented craft professionals and highlight the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry.
Milwaukee Tool, an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools, has been the official tool sponsor of NCC since 2019. The company provides tools and prizes for NCC competitors. The competition is supported by volunteers, generous sponsors and in-kind contributors who plan and execute this event annually. For more information, visit abc.org/ncc. Brown & Root Industrial Services has been in the industry since the early 1900’s and built a legacy synonymous with excellence in providing full-service solutions for every project phase of industrial facilities across the globe. Brown & Root offers a full range of industrial services in industrial engineering, construction, maintenance, turnarounds, and specialty field services. Led by core leadership team with many years of valuable experience and a singular focus on customer service, we work with companies in the downstream, refining, petrochemical, chemical and manufacturing industries to execute projects, solve challenges and achieve their business goals. By continually asking ourselves, “What more can we do?” we develop practical effective solutions that often go beyond what our customers may have imagined.