Local 84 History
The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers dates back to 1903, which is a testament to union founders’ commitment to worker dignity, a high skillset and well-being of their membership.
Insulators Local 84 was chartered in 1927, and throughout its history, has seen a steady growth in membership, including through amalgamation with an Insulator Local in Youngstown, which occurred in 2000. To this day, Local 84 thrives as one of the successful Insulator Locals in Ohio, serving the central and east regions of the state.
This 16-county jurisdiction includes: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties
Members of Insulators Local 84 have proudly worked on major projects within their territory including helping build the original Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the Hall’s the renovation and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. While constructing the original Hall of Fame museum and stadium in 1963, all building trades Locals who manned the job were issued one “share” from The Hall, which is on display in our offices.
Another major project in Canton where Local 84 members worked was the construction and maintenance of the Marathon Petroleum Corporation refinery.
In the Akron area, the highly skilled and highly trained members of Local 84 performed all the mechanical insulation, firestopping and infectious disease control work at the Akron Children’s Hospital. Our members continue to play a vital role in the expansion and maintenance of this vital hospital, providing regular upkeep of the insulation and life safety measures.
Over the years, the energy sector has played a key role in Local 84’s growth and expansion.
In Trumball County, the Lordstown Energy Center provided jobs to more than 140 of our insulators for over 13 months. This natural gas-fired power plant features two gas turbines and a steam turbine powerful enough to generate safe, clean, efficient and reliable power to supply approximately 850,000 homes and businesses. Thanks to our expert craftsmen and fellow members of the building trades, the facility turned operational in October 2018.
Another major project in the energy sector employed upwards of 200 mechanics from Local 84 over a 14-month timeframe. The Carroll County Energy Generation Facility is another natural gas-fired power plant, which can produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes and businesses.
On both power plant projects, the expertise and craftsmanship of our members helped ensure energy conservation, allowing the plants to operate as efficiently as possible.
Besides industrial work, our members have also performed work in a number of area school systems and colleges. Local 84 members have worked at The University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University, helping them become more energy efficient. They have also helped build, expand or performed maintenance on numerous elementary, middle and high school structures. The highly trained and highly skilled members of Insulators Local 84 are proud be the workforce often called upon to perform the vital mechanical insulation and firestopping work throughout these buildings where the region’s children spend much of their time.