Tag Archives: Youngstown







No shocker. Electricians make great dads.


Residential journeyman electrician Jim Johnstone is both proud and appreciative of the career he’s built in the electrical trade. But he gets even more satisfaction from another role he plays in life. “Being a dad is the best job I ever had,” he said, with Father’s Day quickly approaching. Johnstone works for “Joe” Dickey Electric […]

Electrician ships off to Dubai for Navy Reserves deployment


It won’t be easy emotionally for IBEW Local 64 electrician Ross Applegate to leave for Dubai on a deployment with the Navy Reserves. But his family – and his job at Gulu Electric – will be there for him when he returns. “My son was born while I was on my last deployment, so he […]

Southern Park Mall’s future looks bright with the help of Santon Electric


The Southern Park Mall has been attracting shoppers to Boardman for almost 50 years. Santon Electric has worked with the Southern Park Mall since the 80s, only a few years after it opened. And the Boardman-based electrical contractor has been heavily involved in the newest major renovation project there, which is taking shape both outside […]

Joe Dickey’s turkey of a tale illustrates the customer-first mindset of successful small businesses


Power outages don’t only happen Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. As any small business would attest, particularly in the service industry, sometimes the phone rings after hours. As we mark Small Business Saturday two days after Thanksgiving, it’s an ideal time to revisit an anecdote shared by “Joe” Dickey Electric founder, Joe Dickey, […]

Are you smarter than a college graduate? The case for becoming an electrician, one of the highest-paying jobs that doesn’t require a college degree


Before ever stepping foot into the workforce, many college students have accumulated four years or more of student loan debt. And many of them experience shock or panic when they receive their first bill, some of whom haven’t even secured a full-time job yet. Last year, 69 percent of college students took out student loans, […]

Tri-Area Electric Addresses Complex Needs at Salem Hospital


The Business Journal and its “Daily Buzz” online broadcast featured Tri-Area Electric’s project at Salem Community Hospital today. Click here to access the Daily Buzz page, then play the May 13 edition and scroll ahead to the 4:58 point for the Tri-Area story. In the segment, reporter Jeremy Lydic interviews Tri-Area project manager Michael Johnston about […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians Support Liberty High School


High school sports is big in the Mahoning Valley and it’s among the favored causes of the NECA-IBEW Electricians. The group of union electrical contractors and electricians from IBEW Local 573 in Warren and IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown committed to a sponsorship with Liberty High School that includes signage on the football stadium scoreboard. The sponsorship […]