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Snyder appoints members to boiler rules board

Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
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LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Jim Federighe and James Lewis and reappointed Robert Hutsell to the Board of Boiler Rules. 

The board is responsible for prescribing uniform rules for boilers while licensing and regulating boiler inspectors, installers and repairers.

"These appointees have tremendous skills in their respective fields and I look forward to their contributions to the board," Snyder said.

Federighe, of Muskegon, is president of Northern Boiler Mechanical in Muskegon and has been with this company for 32 of his 49 years in the boiler industry. He previously worked for Consumers Energy as an assistant plant manager and an engineer. Federighe holds boiler repair and boiler installer's licenses. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. Federighe represents mechanical contractors in the state with experience in installation, piping, operations or repair of boilers. He replaces Robert Caraway.

Lewis, of Jackson, retired from Consumers Energy as an executive engineer where he provided oversight of power plant engineering, construction and operations. He previously served as manager of equipment services in fossil and hydro operations for Consumers. Prior to that, Lewis worked for General Electric Co. for seven years. He earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. Lewis represents the general public and replaces Steven Spurlock. 

Hutsell, of Dearborn, is the business manager and secretary-treasurer for Boilermakers Local 169. He previously worked as a business agent for Boilermakers Local 169 and as a journeyman member of the union for 16 years. Hutsell is a member of the Great Lakes Construction Alliance and an executive board member of both the Michigan State Building Trades and the Greater Detroit Building Trades. He is a certified high-pressure welder. Hutsell represents organized labor in the state engaged in the design, erection, fabrication, installation, operation, repair or inspection of boilers.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.