Wisconsin apprentices qualify for national competition

WEST BEND, WI -- Four of Wisconsin’s top construction apprentices are heading to California to compete in the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships. The four 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 35 competitors from eight technical colleges in carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing. The day-long event included a practical competition in the morning and written exam in the afternoon. The Wisconsin Skill Competition champions are:

Carpentry Jacob Moody of Plain (right), WI, Kraemer Brothers, Moraine Park Technical College

Electrical: Ervin Westphal  of Sheboygan (second from left), K-W Electric, Inc., Moraine Park Technical College 

HVAC Benjamin Tordik of Waukesha (left), Gross Heating, Inc., Brookfield, Madison College 

Plumbing Mitchell Corwith of Janesville (second from right), Janesville Plumbing, LLC, Madison College

“The intensity of the competition shows exactly how passionate competitors are about their work, but unfortunately, we can only crown one winner in each trade,” Bill Rozga, Skill Competition Committee Chair, told the group at the Awards Banquet. “I cannot overemphasize, just that fact that you came out and competed; it’s something you chose to do; you stepped up. We’re very proud of all of you,” Rozga said. The National Craft Championships will be held in Long Beach, California in March.

Use this link to see a video highlighting the event