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IBEW Local 573 continues commitment to Warren Relay for Life


Donating their time and expertise, IBEW Local 573 continued a long-standing community service project this week for the Warren Relay for Life. Members, apprentices and retirees spent part of their Monday morning setting up electrical service for team tents on Courthouse Square. “This event has been near and dear to our hearts for a long […]

Faces of the Trade: Brian Luoma


It requires a high level of strategy to defeat an opponent in chess. And that’s exactly what retired journeyman electrician Brian Luoma loves about the game. “To me, it’s like a lot of miniature little puzzles,” Luoma said. “In chess, I like to see and figure out what you’re doing and answer to it. It’s […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians embrace going green


As green energy continues to evolve, NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors are preparing for renewable energy sources to be used more in construction projects. “Green energy has its niche market,” said Steve Fife, journeyman electrician at “Joe” Dickey Electric and fifth-year apprentice instructor. “There’s a lot of people interested in it. Not only does it help […]

Faces of the Trade: Tom Lipka


After practicing law for 24 years, Tom Lipka has ventured into a new role leading the charge as executive director of the Mahoning Valley NECA chapter. “My first few months have been extremely hectic,” he said. “It’s on-the-job training and there’s so much to this industry. Since I’m coming in from outside, there’s a lot […]

Faces of the Trade: Justin Davner


For Justin Davner, an interest in the electrical trade started thanks to his stepfather, Paul, who was a union carpenter. “I started working with him around the house,” he said. “Then he started pushing me towards the electrical field.” While in high school, Davner focused in on his career choice by taking classes at the […]

Faces of the Trade: Bob Ponzani


After serving in the Vietnam War, Bob Ponzani returned to Youngstown looking for a career. He found it following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. “They taught me the [electrical] trade when I came out of the service to earn extra money while working at U.S. Steel,” he said. “And I just stayed […]

Electricians give $5,000 to Rescue Mission campaign


The Move Our Mission campaign is that much closer to breaking ground due in part to a $5,000 donation from NECA-IBEW Electricians. Representatives from the Mahoning Valley NECA contractors and IBEW Local 64 electricians visited the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley this week to present their check. The electrical room in the new mission […]

CR Electric solves unique design-build challenge for City Concrete silo project


As work continues on a silo project for City Concrete, Jason Rubin, president of CR Electric, couldn’t be happier with how everything is coming together. “We actually put our design together on paper with the controls, control cabinets, control centers and service,” Rubin said. “Now, we’re at the point six months later, we’re building the […]

Apprentices reflect on first year in the electrical trade


Starting down a path to a successful career, three first-year electrician apprentices through the Youngstown Area Electrical JATC were eager to share their stories and experiences. “I really love it,” said Pete Barone, commercial electrician apprentice. “Honestly, ever since I walked in the door, I could tell I’m part of something a lot different than […]