Pipe Fitters Local Union 211

History of 211

Pipe Fitters 211

Our History

Pipefitters Local Union 211’s membership has helped build many major entertainment facilities, schools, colleges, hospitals, industrial facilities, manufacturing facilities, hotels, jails, prison’s, and corporation’s in the greater Southeast Texas jurisdiction.

Our Apprentice School has top notch instructors and our apprentices receive the very best training, in the classroom, and hands-on in our training facility as well as on-the-job.  We are focused on providing our Contractors with the best of the best.

Local 211 was chartered on January 1, 1949 with 2,714 UA members, a large majority of whom had transferred from UA Local 195 located in Beaumont, Texas.


This is our original (remodeled) facility on Old Galveston Rd. from 1949 to 2015.


Our Apprentice School was located down the street from the Hall, on Old Galveston Rd.

The first recorded Officers in January 1949 were:

  • President – L.J. Colbert
  • Financial Secretary – N. E. Coward
  • Business Manager – C. L. Quinn
  • Business Agents – T.W. Willingham, W.E. Reed, Ray A Young, R.D. Vernon

Locals Merged into Local 211:

  • On August 1, 1975 Local 567 of Bryan, Texas was merged into Local 211.
  • On July 1, 1979, Local 200 of Galveston, Texas was merged into Local 211.
  • On July 1, 1995, Local 790 was merged into Local 211 and 3 other locals.
  • On May 1, 2012 Local 390 of Freeport was merged into Local 211.
  • In October of 2012 Local 823, Harlingen, Texas was merged into Local 211.
  • On May 1, 2015 Local 195 in Beaumont, Texas was merged into Local 211.

In 2002 Business Agent and Financial Secretary Kenneth Edwards was elected as Business Manager and served as such until his retirement in 2016.  Bryan Edwards was appointed Business Manager when Kenneth retired and continues to serve as 211’s Business Manager.


Our current facility, since 2015, located in Deer Park, TX.  The Hall & School are in one facility.


In 2017 we opened a state-of-the-art welding facility and dedicated it to Kenneth Edwards.

Local 211 continues to grow.  We will be expanding our facilities as our work and membership grows.  Here are pictures of our other locations.


Zone 195 Union Hall located in Nederland, Texas


Zone 195 Apprentice School located in Nederland, Texas


Zone 823 Hall & Training Facility located in Harlingen, Tx.


Our Corpus Christi Training Facility

We are PROUD of our past and are looking forward to a BOLD future.