Monthly Archives: February 2018

Faces of the Trade: Brian Crumbacher

It’s all about giving back to the community. For Brian Crumbacher, he gives back with a clipboard and a whistle.

“I have been coaching football since 1994, with my 24th year coming up this season,” Crumbacher said. “When I graduated high school, I was in shellshock that I was done. So, I started coaching at that point instantly.”

As life progressed, Brian got married and started a family. Now, his children are involved in athletics.

In addition to coaching, Brian Crumbacher is the labor coordinator at “Joe” Dickey Electric. In that role, he...

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Faces of the Trade: Pat Klingeman

It’s all about the roar of the engine in racing competitions. And for Pat Klingeman, he has been around engines since he was a child.

“I can remember being involved with an engine dynamometer at four years old,” said Klingeman, a member of IBEW Local 573 in Warren. “My father built two-cycle engines, so I’ve been involved with it my whole life.”

Following in his father’s footsteps, Pat has taken things to the next level on snowmobile engines with custom machine work and designing his own two-cycle tuned expansion chambers that he builds from scratch. During his time with snowmobile racing, Klingeman has competed on many different terrains.

Faces of the Trade: Garrett Chetock

Having a good memory is a requirement in the electrician field. It’s also a big key when playing guitar in a band. For fifth-year apprentice Garrett Chetock, he puts his mind to good use to perfect his electrician craft and musical passion.

When he was young, he started to gravitate toward music and his favorite instrument.

“I have played music since first grade,” he said. “I just picked up a guitar and loved it since then.”

Garrett Chetock is a fifth-year apprentice and an aspiring musician in a touring metal band.

Chetock joined the band...

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Veterans, students benefit from NECA-IBEW community outreach in 2017

Giving back to the Mahoning Valley has been an emphasis for NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors and IBEW electricians. The association continued its strong presence in 2017 through contributing to scholarship funds and performing community outreach projects, largely to support veterans causes.

The 2017-2018 calendar years mark historical milestones for NECA-IBEW Electricians as the national IBEW and NECA organizations observed 90- and 115-year anniversaries, respectively. These dates were leveraged as marketing themes locally that resulted in a steady stream of digital content throughout the year.

Mike Nemkovich, president, IBEW Local...

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