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Cold-weather gear donated to Duluth construction students

Several local construction firms have donated cold-weather gear to support more than a dozen students in the Duluth school district’s construction technology program.

“Our region is experiencing a shortage of young people entering the trades, and many local companies have good-paying positions waiting to be filled,” said Brian Hanson, CEO of business recruiting firm APEX, which helped coordinate the donation. “The district’s career and technical education programs are important in introducing students and their families to very attractive career options in the trades.”

The Boldt Co., APi Group, United Piping Inc., the Jamar Co. and Northland Constructors gave 14 jackets and bibs, 24 pairs of safety glasses, 12 hats and 36 gloves to the program. The garments will help students continue building a garage as part of a collaboration with Lake Superior College.

“Our students work in the elements each afternoon and needed to be equipped with proper cold weather attire,” Brad Vieths, the district’s vocational program coordinator, said in a news release. “We couldn’t risk exposure, so we reached out to APEX for help. We were simply blown away by the response.”

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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