Frank McCloskey grew up in Ridgefield, New Jersey. More than 20 years ago (and right out of High School) he went to work in the scenery fabricating business-and he’s been hard at it ever since. Frank has worked in virtually every department there is at a scenic shop: starting in the warehouse, Frank has worked through carpentry, finish, installations, and even bailed in with the painters before finding himself in the metal shop and settling down at home.
In 2003, at the very beginning, he joined blackwalnut as Metal Shop Foreman-developing blackwalnut’s metal shop from zero to sixty and right into fabrication of the NFL Draft. He has fabricated everything from small step units to 40,000lb. structural steel, fully enclosed and operational outdoor studios. In addition to his formidable skills with a welding gun, Frank has also been called upon to operate blackwalnut’s CNC router. He has working knowledge of AutoCAD software-which comes in handy when handing out fully-fleshed-out work assignments to his team. Frank holds a welding certificate from HoHoKus School of Trade and has prepared other people for certification as well. One of the recent gigs that he is most proud of is NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia.
At home Frank has an unbelievable wife and two children. Even though he works what has been described as ‘insane hours’ he makes time for volunteering every spring with his baseball team for children with special needs ages 8 to 23.
Frank is an extraordinary individual-his fantastic work ethic and intense devotion to his family is truly inspiring.
“A child with Autism is not ignoring you they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.”