In my role as director of technical service with International Masonry Institute (IMI), I am often asked by Chicago architects “Do today’s plasterers have the same skills as those from 100 years ago?” My answer is always a reassuring and resounding “Yes.”
During its prime, Waterbury Connecticut was recognized as the “Brass Capitol of the World.” The “Arts” also had a strong presence, with several theatres located in the downtown area. Unfortunately, when the city experienced a slowdown in manufacturing, it also saw the closing of all the town’s theatres. Like many cities in similar situations, Waterbury has been struggling to draw people back to the downtown area.
Each year, the International Masonry Institute and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers offer plaster upgrade training to the membership. According to Owen Jones, Field Representative for the Wisconsin District Council, “Plaster membership has grown at a rapid pace, and there is a high demand for both new andrestoration plaster work.” Thanks to the training provided at the International Masonry Institute’s NationalTraining Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland, and local training throughout Wisconsin, the design and construction industry is assured of a ready supply of trained craftworkers to perform all types of plaster construction.