Electricians from the IBEW enjoying Ann Arbor and the National Training Institute held each year. [photo]
The electricians have started to arrive for their annual training event in Ann Arbor. Expect several thousand by Sunday followed by the plumbers & pipefitters. They bring millions of dollars to Ann Arbor during a slow period. Welcome back! [photo]
With about 2,000 people coming to town for a week-long electricians training institute starting Aug. 1, the logistical prep for this event is fairly intense.
To watch just a small piece of that advance work, The Chronicle swung by the University of Michigan Indoor Track Building on Friday, where dozens of people were setting up for a massive two-day trade show that kicks off the training program.
This is the 20th year for the National Training Institute, put on by the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee – you’ll see signs around town referring to both NTI and NJATC. But it’s the first time that the group has held its event in Ann Arbor, bringing an estimated economic impact of $5 million during one of the slowest times of the year for local businesses.
We encountered a bit of economic impact on the trade show floor as well.