Thomas Jarka - General Manager of Midwest

Thomas Jarka

General Manager of Midwest

Thomas joined the laborers union in 1983, starting at Bethlehem Steel Burns Harbor, where he performed maintenance work in a variety of areas including coke batteries, pickle lines, blast furnaces, and vacuum degassers. In 1996 he became a General Laborer Foreman for Kvaerner Songer. While there he worked on two major blast furnace outages. In 2006 he began as Laborer Superintendent for Songer Services. Four years later he was promoted to General Manager. 

A 24-year volunteer firefighter, Thomas played an essential part in introducing the Safety Task Planners at Kvaerner Songer during the 1990s. He holds certifications in OSHA 10 & 30 training, Hazmat training, and CPR training.

Featured Projects

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Reline of Blast Furnace at Arcelor Mittal, Indiana Harbor, Indiana.

Blast Furnace Reline - IN, USA

We completed the project 2 days ahead of schedule—48 critical extra hours of operation for a furnace cranking out 13,000 tons of iron daily.

Rebuild of the Lorain Rotary Hearth Furnace at U.S. Steel Tubular, Lorain, OH

Rotary Hearth Furnace - OH, US

The rebuild project was completed under budget, ahead of schedule, and accident free. 

Coke oven battery thru wall rebuild for U.S. Steel, Clairton Coke Works, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Coke Oven Battery Thru Wall - PA, USA

Songer Services beat the schedule a whopping 6 months early, saving U.S. Steel an estimated 30 million dollars.