Shop To Showfloor: “Built to Last” Starts Its Sixth Season on TV in Chicago
Focusing on Skilled Labor Training & The Stories Behind Every Project
by F. Andrew Taylor
Exhibit City News – Nov 7, 2018
When the Carpenters union in Chicago was trying to hammer out some ideas on how to spread the word about what it does, the Chicago Regional Council turned to television. The result is Built to Last, a product of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters’ Labor and Management Committee and a TV show that is currently in production for its sixth season set to air in the spring.
“It isn’t a show about swinging hammers,” says Anthony Janowski, marketing director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. “It’s about the importance of skilled labor. It illustrates the unique benefits provided by skilled labor and the contributions it can make to the community.”
The show was nominated each of the last two years for an Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement for Magazine Programming” by the Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“The Carpenters’ Labor and Management Committee has proudly invested in Built to Last as it invests in the communities where we live, work and play,” says Gary Perinar, executive secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. “This show is a success because of the people involved, their dedication to the carpentry trade and proficiency in a wealth of crafts, the seamless collaboration between union labor and professional contractors and enticing stories with fascinating people that elicit emotions ranging from compassion and inspiration to intrigue and exultation.”