Wisconsin apprentices earn trip to national competition

Daily News Staff

Feb. 6, 2019

2019 ABC of Wisconsin Apprentice Skill Competition first-place winners are, from left: Cody Heath, Terrytown Plumbing, Baraboo; Jedidiah Krug, Current Electric Co., Brookfield; and Chad St. John, Northcentral Construction Corporation, Fond du Lac.
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WEST BEND — Three of Wisconsin’s construction apprentices have earned top honors in their respective trades and will represent the state in the Associated Builders & Contractors National Craft Championships in March in Long Beach, California.

The three advanced after placing first in their respective trades at the ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition and will now compete against the top craft trainees from around the U.S.

The Skill Competition, held in West Bend on Friday, included 19 competitors representing four technical colleges in carpentry, electrical and plumbing. The daylong event included a practical competition in the morning and written exam in the afternoon.

Here are the 2019 ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition winners:

Carpentry

First place — Chad St. John, Northcentral Construction Corporation, Moraine Park Technical College Second place — John Paul Rubenzer, Altmann Construction Co., Inc., Moraine Park Technical College Third place — Brian Noone, Stevens Construction Corp., Moraine Park Technical College

Plumbing

First place — Cody Heath, Terrytown Plumbing, Madison College Second place –—Charles Earle, Milestone Plumbing, Inc., Waukesha County Technical College Third place — Samuel Heath, Dave Jones, Inc., Madison College

Electrical

First place — Jedidiah Krug, Current Electric Co., Waukesha County Technical College Second place—– Tyler Anderson, DeTroye Electric Service, Inc., Moraine Park Technical College Third place — Craig Holland, MCR Services, LLC, Moraine Park Technical College “This is a great experience for the competitors who get to measure their skills with those of their fellow competitors,” said John Mielke, president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. “We’re proud of all the competitors who are passionate about their trades and come out and take advantage of this unique career opportunity.”