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Faces of the Trade: Jon Herchik


“If you don’t learn something new every day, you’re not trying hard enough.” That’s the mindset Jon Herchik brings to the jobsite. After 18 years as a carpenter, Herchik was looking for a career that offered more. He spent some time as a salesman for Freightliner Trucks, and then was guided toward becoming a union […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians give back to Mercy Health PD


A recent donation from NECA-IBEW Electricians has helped the Mercy Health police department strengthen its K9 officer program. “We couldn’t do what we do without community support like this,” said Ryan Bonacci, chief of police, Mercy Health. “This donation will help us keep the K9 program going well into the future.” Recently, NECA-IBEW Electricians reps […]

Faces of the Trade: Jim Serich


Making a difference in the community is a driving force for Jim Serich. For the last three seasons, Serich has been the head softball coach at Poland High School. Serich echoed the enthusiasm he’s had in this role. “I’ve had a lot of fun coaching the kids,” he said. Before leading the Bulldogs, Serich served […]

CR Electric generating new life into Niles Wastewater Treatment Facility


30,000 feet of conduit. 300 drawings. 3 years. Those are just some of the numbers that have revolved around the Niles Wastewater Treatment Facility project for Girard-based CR Electric. “I couldn’t do this without my team in the office – Tom McCleery, Nikki Copenhaver and John Robertson and also my outside team, Brad Darno, Mike […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians help kick off Scrappers’ season


It was all smiles for Bonnie Esposito on Friday night. Esposito, office manager for Mahoning Valley NECA, took the mound and threw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ opening night festivities. “I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was an awesome experience,” Esposito said. Esposito was selected to throw […]

Father, son bond amplified by electrical trade


The bond between a father and son is unique. For Rich Oblinsky and his son, Richie, their story revolves around the electrical trade. Twenty-nine years ago, Rich got into the electrical field on the residential side after an electrical technology class sparked his interest. In 1994, he applied and was accepted into the apprenticeship at […]

CR Electric gives back to Liberty-McDonald Relay for Life


Giving back to the community is a cornerstone philosophy for Girard-based CR Electric. For the last 18 years, they’ve lent a helping hand with the electrical services for Relay for Life events. On Thursday, members of the CR Electric team were at Woodland Park in McDonald donating their time to help set up generators for […]

Faces of the Trade: Dave McGoogan


For Dave McGoogan, his path to becoming an electrician started with a simple idea – helping his family. As one of eight siblings, money was tight growing up. He recalls overhearing his parents discussing the need for electrical repairs around their house. “I had brothers that did flooring and were carpenters,” McGoogan said. “I can […]

Faces of the Trade: Jared Miller


  “Discipline and being punctual.” These positive traits were gained by Jared Miller during his military service, and he feels they translate seamlessly to future success in the electrical field. After serving in the U.S. Army, including nine months in Kandahar, Afghanistan with the 2nd Infantry Division, Miller came home and joined the National Guard. […]

Faces of the Trade: Tina Long-Baldwin


As she gets ready to top out, fifth-year apprentice Tina Long-Baldwin feels rejuvenated in finding the electrical industry as her second career. “I was laid off from my first career in the printing industry,” she said. “My husband saw a commercial on tv about the JATC. I got my transcripts and went for the test […]