NECA-IBEW Electricians Are Energized for 2020 – Enterprise Journal Each day
An association of local electrical contractors and union members is optimistic that 2020 will see plenty of job opportunities with new projects across the region.
NECA-IBEW Electricians consists of IBEW Local 64 from Youngstown, IBEW Local 573 from Warren and undersigned electrical companies in the counties of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana.
Over the past year the work has been steady and NECA-IBEW has been able to provide manpower for all of its contractors’ needs so they can bid on new projects while looking after their longstanding clients.
At the Royal Dutch Shell cracker plant under construction in Monaca, Pennsylvania, many union electricians had additional options.
“We are optimistic that in 2020 large development projects that will be discussed locally will come together and our member companies can be involved,” said Tom Lipka, Managing Director of the Mahoning Valley NECA Chapter. “Some have the potential to keep hundreds of our craftsmen on for two years.”
In particular, TJX, Meijer, Youngstown State University, Shepherd of the Valley, Menards, Lordstown Motors, General Motors / LG Chem, and several local hospitals have ongoing or planned projects.
“Menards is planning a very large sales and manufacturing facility in North Jackson,” said Jim Burgham, business manager at IBEW Local 64.
In addition to the upcoming projects, NECA-IBEW Electricians contractors are focused on updating their training programs and staying in front of students to promote career opportunities in retail. Maintaining an available, highly skilled workforce is an ongoing challenge at both local and national levels.
In 2019, the association added an Instagram account aimed at younger audiences with content related to human resource development.
“One of our strengths is our training initiatives for both apprentices and apprentices, as they ensure that our contractors have a skilled workforce to pursue these major projects,” says Lipka.
As the electrical industry advances technologically, NECA-IBEW electricians strive to stay up to date. This is why the Youngstown electrical training center recently invested in automation control training panels.
“These training panels were used for the first time last fall to teach our journeymen about automation control systems,” says Bill Booth, President of IBEW Local 64. “Automation controls are used in production facilities, mills, factories or anywhere where automation or conveyors move Products automatically. “
NECA-IBEW Electricians take pride in giving back and supporting their community, and 2019 was another opportunity to demonstrate their collective generosity. Highlights of their efforts were:
- BEW Local 64 attended United Way Welfare Day and built a wheelchair ramp for a retired firefighter 9/11 in New York City.
- A $ 5,000 donation to the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission for the new location.
- IBEW Local 573 and member company CR Electric continued their tradition of providing electrical services for the Warren and Liberty-McDonald Relay for Life events.
- Delivering $ 500 worth of gift cards to two veteran families in need this holiday season.
“Giving back to the community and supporting veterans are important priorities each year,” said Mike Nemkovich, business manager at IBEW Local 573 in Warren.
NECA-IBEW member companies include Becdel Controls, Boot Electric, Bruce & Merrilees, CR Electric, Cardinal Electric Power, Cretella Electric, Datacom, Grunau Co., Gulu Electric, Joe Dickey Electric, KV Electric, Keeling Brothers Electric, Liberty Electric and MG Elektrik, Main Lite Electric, Penn-OH Electric, Powerpoint Electrical, RLM Electric, Rafoth Electric, Santon Electric, T-Quadrat-Elektrik, Tri-Area Electric, University Electric, VEC and Zenith Systems.
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