GREEN FILES: In Warren, Michigan, the Sheet Metal Workers Are Training for the 21st Century

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Training Center in Michigan was dedicated in 1977 and had the first “straight” air solar heating system in the state.

October 27, 2011

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Training Center in Michigan was dedicated in 1977 and had the first “straight” air solar heating system in the state and it continues today to provide workers with skills to make homes and businesses more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Novices and veterans attend classes at the facility, learning how to design, fabricate and install heating and air conditioning systems, renewable energy heating systems, and other energy-efficient technologies.

The 20,000 square foot facility in Warren was build ahead of its time and continues to keep up. The BlueGreen Alliance met with two members of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 80, Lee Astrauckas and Stephen Murzen, to talk about the facility and how their work is making the world a cleaner, greener place.