It’s taking a lot of heavy lifting to build the massive new international bridge connecting Detroit, Michigan, in the U.S., and Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. Although two tall Comansa tower cranes have been the most visible rigs throughout most of the project, it’s no surprise that many other cranes of various descriptions are playing key roles in building the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Labour on the bridge project is all unionized. IUOE Local 793 has 50 to 65 of its members working on the project at any given time. They include 11 journeymen crane operators and six apprentices.
“A lot of times, the members like to recall the projects that they worked on because they know that it’s a contribution to society to do that,” Mike Gallagher, Business Manager for Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers said. “I think that there’s going to be a lot of members proud to say they worked on that project.”
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