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Mahoning Valley NECA is your resource for electrical industry news, legislative updates and information you need to stay up-to-date. You can also find a listing of press releases and blogs on this page, too.

7/03/2017
NECA-IBEW Electricians award first YSU scholarship
Joshua McGoogan, a mechanical engineering major at Youngstown State University, was awarded the first Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through the Youngstown State University Foundation. The $1,000 scholarship is funded through a joint labor-management committee comprised of IBEW Local 64 of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
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6/26/2017
Safe, happy employees bring success for Main Lite
For John Harnar, the secret to business success has everything to do with his team. “Keep them safe. Keep them working. Keep them happy,” the operations manager of Main Lite Electric said. “The rest is like dominoes.”
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6/19/2017
Electricians hand ball to local World War II hero to throw Scrappers’ first pitch
Howard “Howdy” Friend, a World War II veteran, considers himself a lucky man. “The way I look at it, I was given over 70 extra years of life after the war,” said the 91-year-old Friend, a retired educator and administrator living in Poland. “I am appreciative of every opportunity that has come my way.”
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6/12/2017
Local electricians help power Canfield baseball field
There is no greater feeling than sitting and watching a baseball game while an excited announcer describes the play. Thanks to the local NECA-IBEW Electricians and John Rafoth of Rafoth Electric, the Canfield High School baseball experience will be even stronger.
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6/09/2017
CR Electric lends talents to Liberty-McDonald Relay for Lifes
The folks at Girard’s CR Electric Inc. contributed their time and resources to the fight against cancer by powering the upcoming Liberty-McDonald Relay for Life event. This is not the first time that CR Electric has helped kick off a Relay for Life event.
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5/08/2017
Warren Relay for Life Set-Up Starts with IBEW Local 573 Electricians
In what’s become a 20-plus year tradition, more than a dozen tradesmen from IBEW Local 573 in Warren were once again on Courthouse Square this week setting up the electrical service for what has become one of the largest American Cancer Society Relay for Life events in the state.
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5/05/2017
University Electric: Marking 30 Years of Earning Customers for Life
The year was 1986. Jim Beil was working as estimator and purchasing agent at AF Beil Electric Inc., which his uncle owned. Edward Slattery was chief estimator at Warden Electric. Both men, in their early 50’s, too young to retire, were leaving their positions for different reasons. They had known each other for years and decided to join forces in starting their own company – University Electric Inc., established in December 1987.
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4/06/2017
Santon Electric History: Right Place, Right Time, Right Man to Run the Business
In the eyes of Dan Santon, nothing happens by chance. “This wouldn’t have happened if all the pieces of the puzzle weren’t in place,” Santon said, referring to Santon Electric, the business he has owned for about four decades.
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3/30/2017
Local Electricians Plant Seed for Unique Fund for Veterans Through YSU Foundation
Representatives from NECA-IBEW Electricians presented a $5,000 check to the Youngstown State University Foundation to help establish a fund earmarked for the unique needs of veteran students.
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3/10/2017
(Part 3 of 3) The Dickey Electric Story: Joe’s Impact in the Community is His Legacy
Joe Dickey and his young family had just gathered around the table for Thanksgiving dinner one day early in the company’s history when a customer called the house in a panic
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3/06/2017
(Part 2 of 3) The Dickey Electric Story: Building a Business the Joe Dickey Way
His first year in business was just him and one apprentice, and Joe Dickey recalls making about $30,000 in revenue. Today, 60 years later, the company employs around 100 on a regular basis and upwards of 350 during bigger projects
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3/02/2017
(Part 1 of 3) The Dickey Electric Story: The Banker Who First Believed in Joe
It was 1957 and Dwight Eisenhower was President, the Frisbee first hit toy store shelves, American Bandstand debuted on national television and Joe Dickey, Jr., didn’t want to go into business for himself
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2/17/2017
Rex Takes the Hill — VEC Owner Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Infrastructure Projects
VEC, Inc. owner Rex Ferry was among a contingent of construction industry representatives to testify at a U.S. House hearing this week about how executive actions to facilitate infrastructure projects has already led to job growth.
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2/15/2017
Electrify your education — YSU’s NECA-IBEW scholarship seeks applicants
Applications are being taken now through May 1 for the Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through the Youngstown State University Foundation.
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01/23/2017
(Part 4 of 4) What is NECA? 3 unique advantages of NECA electrical contractors
NECA contractors are the experts at the top of the electrical field. They know the latest technology, the most recent updates to the electrical codes, and they strictly follow safety guidelines and regulations.
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12/05/2016
(Part 3 of 4) What is NECA? 3 Ways to Ensure You’re Hiring the Right Electrician
Choosing an electrician for your home or business need can be a daunting task, but armed with some basic knowledge about how to differentiate one from another you can get plugged in to the right contractor choice.
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11/07/2016
(Part 2 of 4) What is NECA? 3 unique advantages of NECA electrical contractors
How can you spot a NECA electrical contractor and why should you care? NECA contractors make a difference, both in the quality of their work and their positive impact in the community.
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10/14/2016
(Part 1 of 4) What is NECA? Convention takeaways bode well for Mahoning Valley
We’re kicking off a new blog series on “What is NECA,” starting with the key takeaways from the recently concluded National Electrical Contractors Association’s annual convention in Boston.
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5/13/2016
(Part 2) 12 Reasons to Become a Union Electrician. College isn’t for everyone, but a good career opportunity is
College isn’t for everyone, but there’s a false perception that it should be. Sure, the majority of high school graduates —66 percent! — enroll
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5/5/2016
Apply online – New JATC websites enable easier apprentice application process
Launched earlier this month, newly refreshed websites for the Warren and Youngstown Area JATCs include the functionality to apply for electrician apprentice programs
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5/5/2016
IBEW Local 573 to walk 24 hours at Warren Relay For Life
Members, apprentices and volunteers from IBEW Local 573 in Warren are stepping up their game, literally, at this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life on
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5/1/2016
NECA-IBEW Electricians’ drug-free workplace backed by the numbers
Numbers don’t lie. Neither do drug tests. A look at the latest Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) shows that the positivity rate for the general
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4/29/2016
Electrical Industry Finds Ways to Meet Growing Need for Skilled Workers
Electrical Contractor Magazine recently published an article about innovative ways to find skilled workers for the industry. The Mahoning Valley Chapter was featured for its
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4/4/2016
NECA-IBEW Electricians power VFW Post 4237 in Austintown
An initial wave of donated labor and materials from various union building trades have kicked off a multi-phase renovation of VFW Post 4237 in Austintown. This week,
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4/1/2016
First in a Series: 12 Reasons to Become a Union Electrician
Do you like to work with your hands? Is college or an office job not all that appealing to you? Do you want to make a very good living and learn a marketable, lifetime skill?
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3/13/2016
TCTC students learn about pathway from career prep to apprenticeships
While the seniors are making final plans for starting their careers, the juniors are positioning themselves for what they need to do in their final year of high school to
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3/3/2016
VEC Electrical Engineer sworn in as American citizen
According to a NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractor VEC, Inc. news release, Ahmad Omishot, electrical engineer, was sworn in as an American citizen in a
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2/19/2016
“Like” NECA-IBEW Electricians on Facebook!
We recently created a Facebook page dedicated to promoting news and events among the IBEW locals and member contractors, and to elevating the profile
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2/19/2016
2016 Outlook — NECA-IBEW Electricians Emphasize Education and Training While Embracing New Technology
(The following was also published in the (Youngstown) Business Journal’s Growth Report 2016) Each year the electrical industry experiences significant advances in
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2/8/2016
Mahoning Guidance Counselors Hear “6 Little Known Facts About Building Trades Apprenticeships”
Eyes were opened. Questions were asked. Connections were made. Youngtown Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee director Ed Emerick co-presented
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1/18/2016
Luncheon to honor NECA scholarship recipients
Mahoning Valley NECA and the YSU Foundation held its annual luncheon to honor NECA scholarship recipients at the Youngstown Country Club on Thursday January 14th. 2016
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1/14/2016
NECA-IBEW Electricians announce YSU scholarship
A joint labor-management committee of union electricians and electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley has established a scholarship at Youngstown State University to help
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12/21/2015
IBEW Local 573 executive board donates bikes for homeless children
The Mahoning-Trumbull AFL-CIO Labor Council executive board collected toys for underprivileged children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties at the organization’s
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12/17/2015
IBEW 573 members pass the hat for Warren Family Mission
At a time when donations have been down, the members at IBEW Local 573 stepped up with a check for $1,230 for the Warren Family Mission. “We
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12/7/2015
VEC Sees Business Surging as Leadership Reorganizes
GIRARD, Ohio – A new alignment of leadership, a consolidation of several companies under a single name, plus major construction projects related to energy and
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11/23/2015
NECA-IBEW Electricians, building trades rally support for sick child
Hundreds of people spent part of their Sunday raising money and offering positive vibes for the young son of a building trades executive who’s battling
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11/20/2015
Electricians school guidance counselors about union apprenticeships
More than 50 Trumbull County guidance counselors were put to the test this week to see how much they knew about building trades apprentice programs. As part of an
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11/6/2015
VEC Supports YSU’s NECA Student Chapter
VEC, Inc. is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association and supports our local NECA Student Chapter at Youngstown State University. 
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11/3/2015
Youngstown and Warren Electrical Training Centers mark Apprenticeship Week
Most of the thousands of people that drive past the intersection of Southern Boulevard and Western Reserve Road in Boardman don’t see what the Youngstown Area
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10/30/2015
Electrifying downtown Youngstown. NECA-IBEW Electricians are part of the resurgence.
NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors are playing a role in the transformation of downtown Youngstown. One such project is the recently completed Wick Tower at 34
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10/19/2015
NECA-IBEW Electricians sponsor YSU athletics
NECA-IBEW Electricians reached an agreement to become an official sponsor of Youngstown State University athletics, a move that affirms the positive relationship the
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10/14/2015
NECA-IBEW highlights recent electrical construction projects in new ad campaign
The NECA-IBEW Electricians launched a new full-page ad in the Business Journal that features recent high-profile commercial construction projects in the Mahoning
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9/16/2015
Mahoning Valley NECA foreman training session draws nearly 30 attendees
  The electrical industry is Jay B. Jones’ blood, you can say. And the guest trainer shared his unique background and keen insight on successfully leading
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9/4/2015
Commentary: 5 Reasons Why Labor Day Still Matters
Editor’s note: The author of this commentary is Bill Booth, president of IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Want some evidence that
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9/2/2015
VEC, Inc. to Realign and Combine Companies
Girard, OH – VEC, Inc. will realign its companies, Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. and Evets Electric (dba Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services)
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8/13/2015
NECA, IBEW Plan $1.3M Training Center
BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local 64 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers plan
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8/3/2015
Electricians add spark to building trades bike run
NECA-IBEW Electricians supported the annual Building Trades Bike Run benefiting the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s AFL-CIO Community Services this
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7/22/2015
Youngstown IBEW business manager rides for cystic fibrosis
Our Jim Burgham, business manager for IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown, was among 270 riders in the IBEW Cystic Fibrosis Motorcycle Ride last weekend that started and ended at the
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7/7/2015
Community Spirit Lives on in Memory of IBEW Local 573 Brother
Volunteers from IBEW Local 573 in Warren carried on a recent tradition started by a now-deceased member of their union by hanging flower baskets throughout Warren’s
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6/26/2015
NECA-IBEW Electricians promote apprentice program through Scrappers partnership
The NECA-IBEW Electricians partnered with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on a promotional program that included sponsorship of the home opener’s fireworks display.
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5/10/2015
VEC profiled in Business Journal for its virtual construction capabilities
Mahoning Valley NECA member contractor VEC was featured in a (Youngstown) Business Journal article this month for its building information modeling, or BIM, capabilities.
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4/10/2015
GM Goes Green with Chevy Cruze, Dickey Electric and NECA-IBEW
A massive solar energy project completed at GM Lordstown by MVNECA member “Joe” Dickey Electric was profiled in a broadcast segment on ElectricTV.net.
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1/14/2015
NECA-IBEW Electricians announce YSU scholarship
A joint labor-management committee of union electricians and electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley has established a scholarship at Youngstown State University to help
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4/4/2002 12:00:00 PM
NECA-IBEW Electricians power VFW Post 4237 in Austintown
An initial wave of donated labor and materials from various union building trades have kicked off a multi-phase renovation of VFW Post 4237 in Austintown. This week,
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