NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action







Carlson to become “Joe” Dickey Electric owner – Part 1: How the electrical trade shaped Carlson’s life


This is part one of a two-part series. Eric Carlson’s path to a career in the electrical trade started with learning the basics from his father, Gary, who was an electrician for 42 years and retired from “Joe” Dickey Electric in 1999. “I grew up around the electrical industry,” Carlson said. “Even as a young […]

Electricians deliver holiday cheer to two families in-need


Two Mahoning Valley families in-need received a special surprise holiday gift from the electricians last week. The gift presentations were made on behalf of NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors and IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown and Local 573 in Warren. The first stop was in Fowler Township in Trumbull County to surprise Roni Conner, a fire […]

Faces of the Trade: Ray Boila


The city of Struthers holds a special place in Ray Boila’s heart. It’s his hometown and where he lives with his wife, Jackie, and two sons. It’s also where he gives back to his community, both on the football field and baseball diamond. As a youth coach for the Struthers Little Hardhats, Boila helps instill […]

Faces of the Trade: Sara Hartman


Now in her second year, it’s full steam ahead for commercial electrician apprentice Sara Hartman. “I’ve been involved with quite a few projects in the last couple months, and I love what I’m doing every day.” Hartman’s interest in becoming an electrician first piqued thanks in large part to her family background in the electrical […]

Electricians to feel impact from GM Lordstown idling


Jack Morse’s feelings about the idling of the GM Lordstown plant in 2019 are both personal and professional. The IBEW Local 573 business manager grew up in a “GM family.” His father worked there right from the start, he said. “He was badge number 211,” Morse said, indicating he was among the first ones hired. […]

Apprenticeships offer path to success


This is part two of a two-part series With a projected labor shortage on the horizon, Dan Santon, owner of Santon Electric, believes it’s imperative to find qualified applicants to get into the skilled trades. “This is a problem all over the country,” Santon added. Santon feels high school students need to be educated on […]

A Veterans Day Reflection


Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the armed forces. For Fred Beike, the day also means a reflection on family and the values he learned throughout his seven years in the National Guard. “Veterans Day is very important to me,” he said. “My father and grandfather were both veterans, […]

Faces of the Trade: Dan Santon


This is part one of a two-part series. In Dan Santon’s eyes, creating a family-like work atmosphere is a key to success. After high school, Dan worked as a truck driver for a local electrical contracting firm, which led into an apprenticeship with IBEW Local 64. Once he topped out, Dan began working as a […]

Faces of the Trade: Cody Hilliard


For fifth-year commercial electrician apprentice Cody Hilliard, a career as a journeyman electrician wasn’t something he originally planned. After beginning on a college path, Hilliard decided to follow his family roots and pursue a career in the electrical trade. “It seemed to be a little bit better suited for myself,” Hilliard said. “When you come […]

Faces of the Trade: Joe Kay


Since he was young, Joe Kay’s world has revolved around the electrical trade. His father, Dave, started R.D. Kay Electric in 1990 as a one-man shop with a red Ford F-150. As the business grew, Dave organized into IBEW Local 64. “That was basically my childhood,” Joe said. “Riding around in my dad’s work truck, […]