May 7, 2014 

Midland, Michigan, May 2014 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) is pleased to announce one of their students received the gold medal in Insulation at the ABC National Craft Competition that took place April 30 – May 2 in Birmingham, Ala.
Trevor Reis, an insulation mechanic with G.E. Insulation Co., Sanford, MI, won the gold medal after competing against other insulators from around the country.

GMCA sent another competitor who qualified to participate in the national competition at their local competition in January. That competitor was Aaron Ziehmer, an Electrician with Valley Electrical Contractors of Midland.

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 industry’s most recognized and respected craft skills events. ABC Greater Michigan is proud to have produced 20 national medal winners within the last 15 years.

Competitors in the championship were required to complete a four hour written exam and a six hour project performance test. The competitors are 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.

"All of us at GE Insulation Co are very proud of Trevor and congratulate him on winning the Gold Medal at the National Craft Competition this year. He did an excellent job! Trevor continued the tradition of showing how good our students are in being the 5th Gold Medal winner from GE Insulation Co in the last five years." Said, Gary Elza,President of GE Insulation Co. and ABC/GMC board member.

“Our students work very hard to learn their craft to the best of their ability. It is very rewarding to see that our instructors are doing a job worthy of national recognition.” said, Stephanie Davis, Director of Education, Greater Michigan Construction Academy.

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