Tag Archives: CR Electric







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 […]

Nikki Copenhaver and Sheila Danko stand in warehouse.

Team of mothers help CR Electric keep moving


There’s a group of superheroes working at CR Electric. Leading the company is office manager-estimator-project manager Nikki Copenhaver, with administrative assistant Sheila Danko, both in the office. Out in the field are electricians Jordan Palumbo and Danielle Cree, both also mothers. Besides the uniqueness of being women in the electrical industry, they have something in […]

Phil Seidler stands in construction area of Heritage Manor in Youngstown.

CR Electric project manager strives for perfection on Heritage Manor expansion


Since May, construction on the Heritage Manor senior living center on Gypsy Lane in Youngstown has been ongoing. Handling the electrical work is the Girard-based CR Electric, Inc., with Phil Seidler serving as project manager. This is the first large-scale project that he’s managed. “I’ve leaned on the skills I’ve learned and applied my experience […]

A look back on the year’s biggest stories from NECA-IBEW


As this year comes to a close, there are a handful of stories about our local electricians that still have us buzzing with excitement. Ranging from a shift in union leadership in Mahoning County to women blazing their trail in the workforce, here is a look at the top five stories from 2021. Youth movement […]

Local electrical legend, CR Electric member, celebrates birthday and work anniversary between holidays


This week isn’t just the height of the holiday season. It’s Marc Rubin’s 78th birthday, but also his 50th anniversary of being in the electrical industry on Dec. 29. “It’s a joy to work with who I work with, and the customers are great to work with. We’ve established friends throughout the years,” Marc said. […]

jordan palumbo and family

CR Electric’s Palumbo finds her career path to be empowering


Jordan Palumbo loves what she does for a living. A member of IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown, Palumbo enjoys every aspect of being a union electrician. “I love the people I work with. I’ve made some good friends,” she said. “I love working with my hands, to learn new things.” Meeting new customers, and their […]

Jason Rubin standing in front of site

CR Electric outgrows building in record time


When CR Electric, Inc. of Girard moved to their current facility five years ago, they thought they would have more than enough space to last them forever. Within just five years, though, they’ve outgrown it and need to expand. “It’s crazy that we’re in a 10,500 square foot facility right now, and I’ve rented a […]

Man outside of clock tower

CR Electric’s work shines bright on Premier Bank building downtown


Jason Rubin still vividly recalls the experience he had as a third-year apprentice climbing out the windows of the then-Home Savings clock tower to change the light bulbs high atop Downtown Youngstown. His signature can still be found on the wall inside the tight space up there right next to his journeyman mentor that day, […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians optimistic for an energized 2020


An association of local electrical contractors and union locals is optimistic that 2020 will provide ample work opportunities with new projects throughout the community. NECA-IBEW Electricians is comprised of IBEW Local 64 of Youngstown, IBEW Local 573 of Warren and signatory electrical contractors in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Last year, work was steady and […]