07Oct 2019

IUPAT DC6 is always open to providing opportunities to hard-working people looking to build a career, and such was the case with Denane Pollard.

Denane visited Local #841 union hall one day looking for work. He had some experience in interior painting as well as drywall finishing, but he was hesitant to apply for work because he had gotten into some trouble in the past and he didn’t have any tools. But at IUPAT, we look at the future, not the past.

We had an opening for a drywall finishing apprentice, but we still had to help Denane get the tools he needed to start work. After a quick trip to the local home improvement store to get the basic necessities for a drywall finisher – Denane was able to start work THE NEXT DAY at Thomarios. When worked slowed down at Thomarios, he began working at Canton Floors. Never one to miss an opportunity, when the city of Akron stared on Firehouse Number 2, constructed under the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) Denane got to work with Glenn Stephens, who was very impressed by Denane’s work ethic and enthusiasm for learning.

Never one to stop pushing himself to achieve more, Denane shared that his true passion was for painting. He was willing to become a drywall finisher to get working, but he was really interested in a more challenging trade – Bridge Painting. When an opportunity to work with 360 Construction became available, he jumped at it.

“I want to be a bridge painter because I have been a residential and commercial painter for over 10 years,” said Denane. “Now is the time to take my career to new heights!”

Denane is eager to tell others about the benefit and opportunities available at IUPAT DC6. You can find him mentoring other and telling everyone about his rewarding career in the building trades.

25Jan 2019

March is Potential Member Showcase Month!

January 25, 2019, Strongsville Ohio: The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) is offering job seekers exciting apprenticeship and career opportunities by hosting multiple Job Fairs and Hiring Events during the month of March at their Union Halls in Youngstown, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Strongsville. The events will take place from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and then again from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM each day, refreshments will be provided:

  • March 1, 2019: 35 S. State Street, Youngstown Ohio 44420
  • March 8, 2019: 200 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
  • March 15, 2019: 909 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605
  • March 22, 2019: 8700 Memorial Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43064
  • March 29, 2019: 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville, Ohio 44136

The Job Fairs and Hiring Events will feature profiles of the Drywall Finishing, Glazing, Painting, and Sign and Display Trades. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from each trade to gain insights on IUPAT DC6 occupations.

“If you’re ready to shape your career, build your confidence and take control of your future – we should talk,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager, Secretary/Treasurer of IUPAT DC6. “Our members enjoy training, benefits, and a pension with no college debt – and you have a job while we train you, so you earn while you learn!”

In addition to learning about the steps necessary to join IUPAT’s apprenticeship program, journeymen can explore training opportunities and speak with contractors from the trades about open positions. Virtual Simulators for trade specific talents will be available to operate. College credits for apprenticeship classes are also obtainable.

For more information Contact:
Nichole McCarthy

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6
(440) 239-4575 ext. 126

27Nov 2018

November 13th District Council 6 acknowledged National Apprenticeship Week at their Strongsville Union Hall. This event captured the attention of 143 attendees for various schools within the surrounding areas including; Cleveland Heights High School, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Polaris Career Center, Clearview Local Schools, Max Hayes, Warrensville Heights and Medina County Career Center. Throughout the day nineteen students completed our general application, of which included seven young woman who are seriously looking to join the IUPAT. DC 6 recruited the help of our current apprentices and staff to assist these students with hands on demonstrations to capture the feel of what our trades involve. Current apprentices inspired these students by telling their stories on why they joined the union and how it has changed their lives.

04Nov 2018

Are you a student or do you know a student doing research in the coatings industry?

Display your innovative research at the Coatings+ 2019 Poster Session! This session will focus on the presentation of research information by an individual or representatives of research teams with an academic or professional purpose.

Submit an Abstract

Selection Criteria

Posters will be reviewed by the Education Program Advisory Committee (EPAC), which is compromised of SSPC members. Each poster is evaluated in four key areas:

  • Originality
  • Quality of the abstract (clearly defines outcomes, flows smoothly)
  • Relevance/significance to the industry
  • Objectives

Each Poster Must Include the Following Categories

  • Title
  • Abstract/Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Results/Discussion
  • Future Research
  • Conclusion
  • References/Acknowledgements

Poster Presenter Responsibilities

If your poster is accepted, you must be available to attend your poster during arranged time slots to entertain questions from attendees. SSPC is not responsible for receiving or shipping posters or poster materials.

The presenter will be responsible for all arrangements to deliver and display their poster. All poster presenters accepted to present will receive a complimentary full conference registration.

Important Deadlines

  • December 1, 2018 – Submission of Abstract
  • December 12, 2018 – Notification of Acceptance
  • January 2, 2019 – First Draft of Poster Due
  • January 15, 2019 – Final Posters Due

SSPC Coatings+ 2019 
February 11 – 14, 2019

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830

10Oct 2018

National Apprenticeship Week was created by President Barack Obama in 2016 to “support and encourage apprenticeship programs that will help rebuild our middle class” and “rededicate ourselves to educating more of our people, retraining our workforce, and renewing our nation’s promise to put the American dream within the reach of the determined.” The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6), in partnership with the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR), invites members of the community to attend a special Apprenticeship Open House on Tuesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Painters District Council 6 Office/FTIOR Training Center at 8257 Dow Circle W, Strongsville, Ohio 44136. The Open House provided an opportunity to explore career opportunities while learning about the positive impact Apprenticeships have throughout the nation. There is no cost to attend, and pre-registration is not required.

Please join us to commemorate National Apprenticeship Week and take a glimpse into the life of a Glazier/Glassworker, Commerical/Industrial Painter, and Taper/Drywall Finisher. Attendees will also be able to:

  • Tour IUPAT DC6/FTIOR state-of-the-art Training Facility
  • Learn the history of the Apprenticeship Program
  • Experience IUPAT DC6/FTIOR in-house simulators
  • Participate in interactive hands-on demos

For more information, e-mail George Boots at or phone (440) 239-4575. Click HERE to download an Open House flyer.