Elgin man competes in Nationwide Electricians Competitors Nov. 22 on ESPN2

Greg Anliker of Elgin, Illinois will be attending the IDEAL National Championship Invitational this Sunday at 3 p.m. CST on ESPN2.

The competition brings together some of the best professionals, students and apprentices in the United States to showcase the exciting skills of electrical professionals competing for a gold ticket to the 2021 National Championship in Nashville, as well as the chance to win money, prizes and recognition win as one of the best electricians in the world.

Anliker has been a professional electrician for 22 years and has spent the past 16 years at Kellenberger Electric in Elgin.

“As the country faces an expected shortage of over a million trade workers over the next decade, we see growing interest from Americans to join the trade when the country comes together to rebuild our economy,” said Doug Sanford , Senior Vice President of Ideal Industries Inc. “Skilled workers are the essential, often unsung heroes that drive our world. This competition celebrates talent in our industry while providing a platform for these professionals to demonstrate their skills and them for their hard work and dedication. “”

In the past few years the competition comprised more than 1,000 qualification rounds with more than 60,000 participants.

The 2020 championship had to be reinvented due to COVID-19 with a modified special event in Chicago that culminated in a televised invitation on ESPN2 earlier this year.

In addition to ESPN commentator Jason Benetti and industry expert Scott Caron, former master electrician of “This Old House,” Chip Wade, an exceptional contractor for HGTV’s “Curb Appeal,” serves. Together, they will guide participants through various challenges that demonstrate both problem solving and physical skills in key categories: processing, safety, efficiency, and teamwork. “It was exciting to see the trades ‘sporting’ in this competition,” said Chip Wade. “Much like Michelin-starred chefs, these are elite electricians who should be recognized for their craft, and it’s really fun to see these competitors tackle some pretty impressive projects too.”

How it works

At the 2020 IDEAL National Championship Invitational, six of the best electricians and student apprentices in the country gathered for this special invitation on television. Participants will be grouped into three teams and will take part in four challenges including a trace and cut of the trunk doors, an overhead service challenge, a gross remodel, and a wiring door code challenge.

The winning team bypasses the usual rigorous qualification process and receives a free, gold ticket to the IDEAL 2021 National Championship in Nashville, plus the chance to win over $ 600,000 in prize money, tools, equipment and clothing. Official sponsors of the IDEAL National Championship and 2020 Invitational Contest include Rocket Mortgage, Duluth Trading, Little Giant and Discount Tire.

The special will air on Sunday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. CST on ESPN2.

“This was the ultimate skills competition and I was honored to be a part of it,” said professional competitor Kristen Clayton of San Francisco, California. “My strategy was to approach this competition like any other workday. I knew I had it.” work hard, get the job done, and get it right. “

Stay wired to win

In addition to the IDEAL National Championship and Invitational, Ideal Industries Inc. hosted a “Stay Wired to Win” digital series to further support the electronics trade during the challenging COVID-19 era. From wiring cabling online at maximum efficiency to freshening up your code skills, these online challenges are designed to keep electrical skills up-to-date and to steer the competitive spark into the 2021 IDEAL National Championship.

“Our goal is to help those who keep the lights on and the world hum, while increasing the general interest in their craft,” concluded Carmen Cardillo, general manager of IDEAL Electrical. “We will continue to do whatever we can to honor, support, and connect with the electronics trade through special invitations on television, innovative digital competitions, and our annual IDEAL National Championship.”

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