The Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County (Chicago PCA) inducted contractor Robert Abbott and former UA Local 130 Business Manager Jerry Sullivan as the most recent inductees into the Chicago Area Plumbing Industry Hall of Fame.
Abbott founded Abbott Industries in 1973 as a plumbing contractor that has put its mark on numerous Chicago area landmark projects. He is also an industry leader who has spent countless hours attracting young people to the mechanical trades, and is a donor/contributor to numerous charities.
Sullivan began his career as a plumbing apprentice in 1955 and later spent 16 years as an instructor teaching an estimated 2,000 plumbers subjects that included drawing, math, service and shop work. He rose through union ranks to became head of Local 130 in 1990 and stayed in that position until his retirement in 2002.
The Chicago Area Plumbing Hall of Fame was started in 2004 with 20 individuals being inducted. Induction ceremonies are held every other year in conjunction with the installation of new officers. Two additional persons were named to the Hall of Fame in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The ceremony took place at the Chicago PCA’s Installation Dinner, Jan. 23. Jerry Roberts was inducted to a two-year term as new president of the Chicago PCA. He is the owner and founder of JSR Enterprises, a specialty contractor serving commercial-industrial-institutional markets.