“New Chapter” in BAC History with John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center
Journal: Issue 6 - 2007
"If we invest in the skills and the talents of our people, there is no end to the opportunities.” The inspiration for those words from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was the dedication of the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in September. At the ceremony, O’Malley praised IU President and IMI Co-Chair John J. Flynn for making the state-of-the-art training campus a reality for BAC members. “You are ensuring that they have the tools to capture their piece of the American dream.”
A highlight of the dedication ceremony was the surprise reading of an IU Executive Board resolution passed that morning to recommend the naming of the facility in honor of Flynn, and the unfurling of a banner with the new name. The honor belonged to Flynn, the Board said, because he has been “a tireless advocate of IMI’s mission to improve craftworker training.”
More than a decade in the making, the $30 million training campus in Bowie, Maryland offers training in all BAC crafts, at all career levels, as well as educational opportunities for designers and contractors. The 25-acre campus has an approved site plan of more than 240,000 square feet of training, classroom and office space.
The Executive Board resolution praised the investments channeled over the past three decades by BAC and its contractor partners for bringing “innumerable returns in the form of better, more innovative and efficient training.”
The culmination of those efforts in an international training center, the Board noted, “represents an exciting new chapter in the long and proud history of BAC, IMI and the unionized masonry industry as a whole.”
While the Executive Board praised his “keen foresight and vision of a vibrant and growing 21st century masonry industry,” Flynn said the real credit goes to the “hard work, energy and talent of hundreds of individuals – everyone in our Union and the Union contractors throughout the country.” He singled out the “expert leadership” of IMI President Joan Calambokidis that turned long-held goals into “programs and services that really translate into jobs for our members and contractors.”
Since opening, the campus has been humming with the International Apprentice Contest, Masonry Camp, and the annual Instructor Certification Program, in addition to core training activities such as brick and tile pre-job programs.
For a virtual tour, go to www.imiweb.org.
For training inquiries, contact Ed Bellucci at 301.291.2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.