Iron & Steel Preservation 

January 07, Wednesday 2015
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Welcome to 2015! We look forward to continuing to bring you news and information about the preservation of metals. In this issue, you will read about Chicago Fastener (Tour of Chicago Fastener), a company manufacturing rivets for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation, and details about the upcoming ISP workshop. Registration is now open. 


Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop

March 9-10, 2015

Lansing Community College, Lansing Michigan

***** Register at (517) 483-9853 *****

Day one $200.00

Both days $325.00


After February 15th

Day one $225.00 

Both days $375.00


Continuing Education Units

March 9th (0.53 CEU)
March 10th (0.65 CEU)
Both Days (1.20 CEU)

March 9th: Speakers

David Simmons, emcee

Matt Hebdon

Purdue University Ph.D. candidate, research assistant

"Member-level redundancy of riveted built-up steel girders"


Steve Howell

Ballard Forge, Seattle, Washington

"Hydraulic Riveting"


Dan McCain

President of the Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal Association, Delphi, Indiana

"Volunteers Make a Difference"


Vern Mesler

Lansing Community College, Michigan

"Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation"


Heath Mitchell

G.W.Y., Inc., New Hampshire

"The Transition from Riveting to Bolting"


Kim Nowack

Chief Engineer of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, Michigan

"Mackinac Bridge - Past, Present and Future"


Cherry Vujevich

President of Chicago Fastener, Mokena, Illinois

"Making Rivets for the Longfellow Bridge" 


March 10: Workshop Demonstrations
  • Hydraulic Riveting, Steve Howell
  • Heat Straightening, Dan Garijo
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Braze Welding
  • Field Riveting with the field rivet hammer

Nels Raynor (luncheon speaker)

Bach Ornamental & Structural Steel

"Restoring Bridges: A Job and a Passion"   


Scholarships to attend ISP workshop

The Iron and Steel Preservation Program Fund at the Lansing Community College Foundation provides scholarships to the annual ISP workshops to students whose fields of study relate to the preservation of metals. The scholarships fund students at LCC and from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Contact Vern Mesler at

ISP Stipends Available for Ohio Public Officials

Tour of Chicago Fastener

 "There, turn right," Patrick Turcotte said, pointing ahead to a large sign: Walnut Lane, Industrial Business Park. Walnut Lane runs between a large plowed field and one-storey industrial buildings. We were looking for Chicago Fastener, having left Lansing, Michigan, early on a Thursday morning to make the three and a half hour drive to Mokena, Illinois, to meet with Cherry Vujevich (voy-a-vich), president of the company. Turcotte, a Lansing Community College colleague of mine, and I had arranged to tour the plant and film the manufacturing of rivets that were being used in the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project in Boston, Massachusetts. Continue reading 

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