I got this job as a foreman on second shift to run a fab shop I think 3 guys were under me. First shift was twice the size of mine our output was measured in tons of steel.
My guys were noobs trying to make a reputation for themselves, I was the painter shit job on the crew. We turned more steel than those lazy want to be union bastards every night.
One night I came in to get my plans from the boss and he shut the door on his office. He told me that me and my crew were fired at the end of the week because we were making the first shift look bad and they were threatening to quit.
Pat was crying, I said fine, I didnt have anything to lose, the guys had enough experience under their belts by that time that they could've gotten jobs at any fabshop. It was a Hell of a ride for a few months.
My guys were shearing, forming and welding fools. I was shooting enough paint on those dust collector sections to cause Sherwin- Williams into a shortage. My guys never failed me.
That's the only time I even thought about collecting unemployment. I needed a month off after that ride.
Each section of those dust collecters was as big as a semi trailer but wider, definitely an oversize load.
there was four sections three semi trailers on top of the hopper section the tit. there was a lot of iron that held it up.
I got sucked into putting one of those bad boys into service in a sand cast foundry in Alliance Ohio. It was like working in the bowels of hell. We had to run about a half mile of blowpipe also. All the rafters of that place had thad dam sandcast dyst piled as high as it could go.
I've still got my hardhat but none of my chlose made it out alive. I think it was a couple week job.
I think the joint was making those big hook looking things that join railcar together. I don't think there was any forging going on that I remember at least I don't remember having to wear hearing protection. It was a big place. I was in a section of it. ETA had a lot of stuff stolen though.