NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action







Three Tough Mothers: Kayla Chipps


This is part three of a three-part series Part 1: Jordan Palumbo Part 2: Renee Meadows Second-year commercial electrician apprentice Kayla Chipps truly believes she has found her niche in the electrical field. “It helped grow this hunger inside of me to want to do better.” Chipps, of Austintown, was previously working in the medical […]

IBEW Local 573 helps power Warren Relay for Life


Courthouse Square in Warren was bustling with activity this week as local union electricians continued a long-standing community service initiative. Tradesman from IBEW Local 573 were on hand Monday setting up electrical service for team tents at this weekend’s Warren Relay for Life, a tradition that has been carried on for more than 20 years. […]

Three Tough Mothers: Renee Meadows


This is part two of a three-part series. After her life changed five years ago, Renee Meadows of Champion was looking for a new path to travel next. “I was a stay at home mom and had to reintegrate myself into the workforce. I had a family member who was an electrician out of [IBEW […]

Three Tough Mothers: Jordan Palumbo


This is part one of a three-part series. As she gets ready to wrap up her third year in the residential electrician program, Jordan Palumbo takes an immense amount of pride in how far she’s come. “Day one, I didn’t even know how to cut in an outlet,” Palumbo said. “Now, I am wiring houses […]

YSU Student NECA Chapter generates proposal for energy challenge


Eight YSU students are putting their electrical skills to the test while looking to conserve their strong presence in a national, sustainable energy competition. Members of the YSU Student Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) are finalizing their proposal for the Green Energy Challenge, which tasks teams to analyze particular electrical construction management […]

Faces of the Trade: Bonnie Esposito


  Being part of a team provides an identity, instills inspiration and offers motivation when times are hard. For Bonnie Esposito, team has taken on another meaning. In 2009, her son Marc was injured while serving overseas in the United States Air Force. She remembers talking to medical personnel at Walter Reed National Military Medical […]

Faces of the Trade: Mike Reiser


“If it ain’t cooked on wood, it ain’t no good!” That’s the motto Mike Reiser has adapted to create and master his wood-fired specialties of chicken, lamb, beef and pork. Between the alchemy of charcoal and wood, Reiser produces tender and mouthwatering treats from the spit. Reiser’s path of crafting meat from the rotisserie started […]

(Part 2 of 2) Bruce and Merrilees: Going Beyond the Expected


This is part two of a two-part installment on Bruce & Merrilees Electric. The motto at Bruce & Merrilees Electric is “Going beyond the expected, since 1948.” For Jay, Justin and Jonathan Bruce, that motto is a way of life. “Throughout our history, we’ve focused on how do we provide a valued service for our […]

Bruce & Merrilees marks historic 70-year run


This is part one of a two-part installment on Bruce & Merrilees Electric. The year was 1948. J. Howard Bruce returned to New Castle, Pa. from Pearl Harbor, where he repaired damaged ships as a civilian electrician. With a family background in the electrical field, he looked to forge his own path. “His brother had […]

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 […]