Yearly Archives: 2018

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...

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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 573,...

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Faces of the Trade: Mark Richmond

Honor. Courage. Commitment. Those are the values of the United States Marine Corps. They’re also the values Mark Richmond brings to the jobsite everyday as a union electrician apprentice.

Mark spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserves 3/25 out of Akron, OH. He was on active duty for a little more than a year-and-a-half, spending eight months in Afghanistan, and he feels his military experience translates naturally to the electrical industry.

Second-year residential apprentice Mark Richmond shares his experience while on a new home construction project in Boardman.

“You have to be committed...

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Applicants sought for LMCC scholarship

Applications are being accepted now through May 1 for the Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through the Youngstown State University Foundation.

Eligible applicants include IBEW Local 64 members and employees of signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley.

“Scholarships like the LMCC scholarship at the YSU Foundation are special,” said Brian J. Wolf, development officer for the YSU Foundation. “The YSU Foundation is honored to serve as the conduit between generous donors like the LMCC and students to help achieve their goals.”

Jim Burgham, IBEW Local 64 business manager, discusses the requirements for the LMCC scholarship at YSU.

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2017 – The year in photos. Capturing moments of NECA-IBEW Electricians impacting the Mahoning Valley community

One of the characteristics that differentiates NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors and IBEW electricians is the positive impact we make in the community.

And one cause we’ve taken head-on in recent years is our support of area Veterans. To that end, we’ve:

  • Helped rebuild local VFW halls
  • Raised money for Veterans scholarships at YSU
  • Promoted NECA and IBEW’s Helmets to Hardhats initiative to recruit former service members to the construction industry
  • Sponsored Military Appreciation Nights at Eastwood Field to honor Veterans at Mahoning Valley Scrappers games
  • Provided financial assistance for local female Veterans-in-need to buy gifts for their children for Christmas

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Other major initiatives...

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