BAC Local 5 topped off 150-years with a Union celebration for the ages.

BMA Media Group Union Special Events Team worked with Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5 of Cleveland to celebrate their 150th anniversary, making them one of the oldest Bricklayers Unions in the country.

The event was held on March 29, 2019 and attended by over 300 guests at the iconic and historic Powerhouse Entertainment Complex located on the West Bank of the Flats in Cleveland.

The perfect venue for a Union event

bricklayers local 5-150-years EventThe Cleveland Powerhouse Entertainment Complex provided a unique, but fitting venue for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of BAC Local 5. Built in 1882, The Viaduct Power House was the first power plant dedicated to providing electricity to street cars in Cleveland. In the 1980s, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5, along with many other Cleveland building trades locals, were instrumental in restructuring the power plant into an entertainment complex, with the most recent addition being the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The decor in the aquarium incorporates exposed brick walls, steel girders, smokestacks and coal tunnels honoring the Power House’s industrial past.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium was the perfect location for cocktails and hors’ d'oeuvres to kick off the celebration. The guests were then escorted to Windows on the River for a gala dinner, event presentations and entertainment. With its industrial architecture, high ceilings, exposed brick and waterfront views, Windows on the River is one of Cleveland’s premier event venues. 

The speakers for the evening were esteemed members and supporters of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5, including International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers President James Boland. Additionally, David Wondolowksi, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council; Ken Kudela Director of the Ohio- Kentucky Administrative District Council; and Caryn Halifax,  CEO and President of the International Masonry Institute and the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation, addressed the crowd, congratulating BAC Local 5 on its 150 years of success. 

BMA helps Unions remember events

BMA Media Group’s union events team partnered with Bricklayers Local 5 to curate congratulatory messages and advertisements from community supporters as well as other Bricklayer and Allied Craftworkers locals to create a commemorative program book filled with the extensive history of the local. The keepsake program book was researched, written and designed by BMA’s creative team as well as underwritten by sponsorship and advertisements secured by BMA’s experienced sales staff.

BMA also managed all event logistics, including invitations, RSVP tracking, logo design, food and beverage, event production, entertainment, event agenda and speaker protocol. 

If you are interested in learning more about the event services offered by BMA Media Group, visit our LaborTools website here.


LaborTools powered by BMA Media Group is used to help strengthen our union client’s organizations. From working with unions from the local level to the international, with training funds and labor management partnerships, as well as other labor organizations, BMA has experience with organizations of all sizes. We are here to create and implement unique and customized marketing campaigns for our clients.

At BMA, we offer services in the following categories: union event services (from writing the history of your union to executing the logistics of an event,) video production, website design, union marketing campaigns, print and broadcast advertising, social media management, development of print materials, building trades industry education, labor public relations and crisis management, union merchandise, as well as strategic branding and marketing of union organizations.

BMA Media Group is a Union Building Trades Contractor, signatory with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 673 and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 6 / Sign Display and Allied Trades Local 639. BMA Media Group is also signatory with AFTRA and an affiliate contractor of the Cleveland Chapter of NECA.

Topics: Event History, BMA Media Group, Event, LaborTools, Union, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Bricklayers

Elyssa Georgian

Written by Elyssa Georgian