TARRYTOWN, N.Y., July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dianna "Iron Lady" Montague, affectionately known as "America's Toughest Lady," is the first African-American woman in the nearly 100 year history of the Philadelphia Iron Workers Union Local 405 to become a member, and the first woman of any ethnicity to complete the Union's apprenticeship program, becoming a full-fledged, card carrying iron worker. She is the only female iron worker in America who is certified to build bridges, owns her own company, and actually performs the trade in the field. Dianna 'Iron Lady' Montague's construction firm, Iron Lady Enterprises, Inc. (www.IronLadyEnterprises.com), was recently responsible for the assembly of the Westchester and Rockland land and abutment rebar assemblies on the $3.1 Billion New NY Bridge Project.
"It's a testament to what's possible in America for Ms. Montague, who grew up fatherless in impoverished North Philadelphia, to now be a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contractor working on a multi-billion dollar infrastructure project like the New NY Bridge project (www.NewNYBridge.com)," gushed her business partner, an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Lauder Institute in Ms. Montague's native Philadelphia.
The New NY Bridge, which is being built by Tappan Zee Constructors – a consortium including Fluor Enterprises, American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, and Traylor Bros – will give the Hudson Valley a new foundation for transportation.
Ms. Montague credits her success to her innate determination and the intensive training she received over a twenty-one year, accolade-filled career serving her country as a Master Welder building and repairing ships for the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA Ship Yard, Pearl Harbor, HI, and in San Diego.
"It's truly an honor to work on this project," stated the Iron Lady. When I graduated from high school, I dreamed of working with my hands and building the skyline I saw from my bedroom window. I've overcome many challenges to be where I am today. What means more to me than anything is my giving hope to countless boys and girls who, like I did, might look out of their own bedroom windows with dreams and aspirations," she explained. "I also get a kick out of the reactions of those who see me picking up a 200 LB piece of rebar to show my crew of 20 burly male iron workers a thing or two in the field," she added jokingly.
Iron Lady Enterprises carries several MBE/WBE/DBE certifications with various public agencies throughout the U.S.
SOURCE Iron Lady Enterprises, Inc.