February 14, 2014 

Midland, Michigan, February 2014 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) is pleased to announce the winners of
their Local Craft Championship. Competitors in the championship were required to complete a one hour written exam and a three hour project performance test.

The competitors were judged in areas critical to the success of any construction trade project: safety, quality of workmanship; layout of project, use of materials, assembly of components, sequence of project, ability to follow instructions, ability to complete in a timely manner, and accuracy. The 2014 Craft Championship Competition took place on January 25th at the GMCA Midland Training Facility. Nine students competed in four craft areas. The competing students are close to completing their four year apprenticeship through the Greater Michigan Construction Academy and are working skilled tradesman locally.

“We are very proud to announce that not only do we showcase the best and brightest skilled professionals during out local craft competition, but they are now among the many who have showcased their talent the National Level.” Said Stephanie Davis, Director of Education at the Greater Michigan Construction Academy.

The winners were:
Chad Feldotte – Pipefitting – Three Rivers Corporation
Trevor Reis – Insulating – G.E. Insulation Co. 
Aaron Ziehmer – Electrical – Valley Electrical
Scott Pawlak – Carpentry – Three Rivers Corporation

We congratulate both Trevor Reis of G. E. Insulation and Aaron Ziehmer of Valley Electrical for qualifying to participate in the National Competition being held in Birmingham, Alabama the end of April.

The Craft Championship Competition is sponsored by ABC Greater Michigan Chapter and its membership. Students that qualify for the ABC National Competition will join the nearly 1,500 men and women who have competed in one of the construction industries most recognized and respected craft skills events. ABC Greater Michigan is proud to have produced 20 national medal winners within the
last 15 years.

For more information on the National Craft Championships visit