NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action







“Joe” Dickey Electric powers Akron Children’s ER expansion


Driving along Market Street in Boardman, work on Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has been ongoing for about a year. While still seeing patients, an emergency room expansion project is underway, with “Joe” Dickey Electric running the electrical lines throughout the new space. Going with the flow Kurt Eisenbraun is job foreman for Dickey Electric. […]

IBEW Local 64 electricians take charge with EV training


As a new wave of technology strikes the globe, one industry is taking proactive steps to make sure everyone is ready ahead of the storm. Several journeyman electricians from the NECA IBEW Mahoning Valley chapter have completed an electric vehicle infrastructure training program, or EVITP. Mark Gentile of MG Electric, Eric Hassen of Tri-Area Electric […]

Faces of the Trade: Todd Ambrose, Local 573 business manager


There’s a “new” face at the IBEW Local 573 union hall in Champion. On Friday, July 8, Todd Ambrose was sworn in as the new business manager/financial secretary for a three-year term. At the top of his priority list: building on the “brotherhood” aspect of the organization. “I want to put the time and effort […]

Local 573 apprentice shares insight after making the jump from non-union contractor


Third-year apprentice James Tate is grateful he’s in a union apprenticeship. His story begins after college graduation. He earned a criminal justice degree. “I knew in that field I wouldn’t make the best salary,” Tate said. “I always liked to work outside, work with my hands.” Working a “desk job” didn’t sound appealing. “I didn’t […]

"Joe" Dickey Electric junior estimator Alex Birtalan.

LMCC Scholarship recipient learns life-changing detail while working


Throughout high school, Alex Birtalan didn’t want to go to college. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to just shoot in the dark” and have loans to pay back later, he said. His father, a sheet metal tradesman, approached Birtalan about joining a trade. “I always remember him saying good […]

Brogan Kenneally works at an Ohio Turnpike site.

National Guard-to-electrician easy transition for second-year Local 573 apprentice


For Brogan Kenneally, making the switch from military life to full-time electrician has been smooth. The fourth-year apprentice served with the Ohio National Guard for six years, which coincided with his apprenticeship. Kenneally is currently working at University Electric in Youngstown. Easy balancing act “IBEW Local 573 was able to help me balance military obligations […]

Local 573 volunteer stand with their logo.

IBEW Local 573 volunteers power Cortland Street Fair


Energy in Downtown Cortland this past weekend was buzzing, and the community has IBEW Local 573 to thank. Since 2019, the union has volunteered time to help set up and energize the Cortland Street Fair. The latest one was held July 21-23. Mike Reed, a journeyman electrician with “Joe” Dickey Electric, led the process this […]

Local 573 apprentice has her eyes on the future


While giving different career paths a go, it was electricity that caused a lightbulb to go off for Grace Morrison. “During my life I’ve had a lot of different career experiences,” she said. Her background includes licensed cosmetology to customer service and management. “I wanted to do something that mattered,” Morrison said. She’s currently working […]

Keith Patton works in a lift.

Air Force Veteran and second-year apprentice sees parallels in military and electrical work


While he’s constantly working with his hands, Keith Patton also enjoys a challenge. The second-year apprentice with the Warren Electrical JATC is building on a foundation he established while in the United States Air Force from 2009 to 2017. While serving, Patton was an electrical and hydraulics airplane mechanic, troubleshooting issues on C-5s and C-17s. […]

Members of Local 64 stand together at an event.

Autism warrior supported by IBEW brotherhood


Warriors come in all sizes … and ages. For the Lucas family of Canfield, they range from 9-year-old Austin to the IBEW Local 64 union brothers of father Kenny, a journeyman wireman with Girard electrical contractor CR Electric. Austin was diagnosed with autism when he was in kindergarten. “We want each of our members to […]