3/12/2015 7:24 AM
Six craft competitors from Starcon took part in the 2015 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this month, earning two medals and a safety award. Noel Ocasio took home a Silver Medal in insulation. David Wright earned a Bronze Medal in insulation. Shawn Davis wrapped up Starcon’s prize-winning effort by earning recognition for the best safety performance in the welding category.
“Everybody displayed awesome professionalism, promptness, cleanliness – their work areas were very well organized,” said Starcon Craft Training Manager Kelly McIntosh. “Any of them could have won a safety award. I can’t say enough good things about our competitors. These guys were beyond professional at what they do.”
Kelly extended appreciation to Starcon Project Manager Jack Petty from the Flint Hills Resources petrochemical facility in Joliet, Illinois for recommending Shawn and Noel for the competition, and for ensuring the pair received plenty of valuable training. Shawn Davis also took advantage of the local ABC welding program to polish his skills in advance of the championships. The other four competitors – David Wright, Jeffrey Agnone, Michel Martinez, and Timothy Siever -- came from Starcon’s Marathon Canton team in Ohio, where the master trainer is Kelly Sexton who has a reputation for turning out medal winners in either welding or insulation, year after year.
“They all were very professional,” said Kelly. “Each one of them won internally at Starcon. That means they were good enough to win at any level, and they are all winners with us. It was all about the representation of the company, and they did a great job.”
The six team competitors have all been at Starcon for a while and enjoy working with the company. Kelly sees instructor potential out of some of the contestants and classifies all of them as very sharp young team members.
“They kept coming up to me and Workforce Development Manager Troy Copeland (Big thanks to Troy for all of his help and photography work) thanking us for how much they enjoyed the trip,” said Kelly. “You could tell that they were just very appreciative for the opportunity to be there. And as a trainer myself, you can’t get a better feeling than to see the expressions on their faces and being able to reward them with this opportunity.”
The competitors will take their enthusiasm back to their job sites to help promote training, share ways to improve Starcon’s programs and help others team members to prepare for next year’s Craft Championships competition.
Special thanks to Starcon’s Vice President of Operations Reggie Williams for his ongoing support on behalf of the National Craft Championships.