Tag Archives: Mahoning Valley NECA







Electricians install pipe underground.

Local electrician follows in father’s “Boot” steps


Braeden Allen is not only earning money while he learns, but he’s doing it all while working alongside people he’s known forever. His father is Ryan Allen, job superintendent for Boot Electric. A construction wireman, the junior Allen has been learning the ropes “while friends have been at class in college,” not applying lessons to […]

Application period opens for LMCC Scholarship at Youngstown State


Now through May 1, applications are being accepted for the Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through The Youngstown State University Foundation. Eligibility requirements include: Must be at least a sophomore A minimum 2.5 GPA Full- or part-time student A joint labor-management committee consisting of IBEW Local 64 of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Chapter of the […]

electricians at Ultium

Business Journal Growth Report: Ultium Battery Plant Energizes NECA-IBEW


[As printed in the Business Journal Growth Report 2022 …] Heading into 2021, local electrical contractors and union electricians were hopeful the year would lead to steady, solid work. Driven by one particular project, the NECA-IBEW electricians experienced “the largest number of man-hours that anyone can remember,” says Tom Lipka, executive director, Mahoning Valley NECA […]

Electrical apprentice shows high school students how to bend conduit.

Apprenticeship Week – Katie Gintert, a Local 573 electrical apprentice, wants to specialize in inside wiring after program


Katie Gintert is in her second year with IBEW Local 573 in Warren. She’s working to complete her inside wireman program. Gintert always liked to build things. She joined Habitat for Humanity in high school, and took wood shop classes. “I knew that I wanted to be hands-on, I knew I wanted construction after being […]

Sparking an interest in electrical industry careers at the 2021 Skilled Trades Expo


Beating the heat one day and braving brisk temperatures the next, thousands of students from local high schools attended the Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo in Canfield. Held at the Canfield Fairgrounds Sept. 22-23, the expo was an opportunity for middle school and high school students to start the conversation about joining a trade after […]

MG Electric electricians looking over blueprints

MG Electric gets hands-on at OH WOW! renovation downtown


What does the renovation and rewiring of a Youngstown treasure like OH WOW! entail? For MG Electric Project Manager Michael Johnston it involves “a lot of patience and a lot of planning.” The two-phased project consists of a complete renovation of the first floor which will relocate the entrance from Federal Plaza to Central Square […]

History of safety and compliance paves way for strong year by electricians


(Portions of the following first appeared in the Business Journal Growth Report 2021) NECA-IBEW Electricians, an association of IBEW union locals in Youngstown and Warren and signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley, leveraged their workplace safety track record to ride a strong year despite the obvious hurdles put up by the pandemic. “We adapted […]

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Bill Booth caps 40 year-career with IBEW Local 64


It’s the last week of work for Bill Booth, and although he doesn’t know exactly WHAT he’s going to do first, he definitely knows what he’s NOT going to do. “I’m looking forward to a lot less meetings,” the soon-to-be retiree said. Booth is capping a 40-year career, the last 24 as president and organizer […]

Job shadowing provides hands-on learning for those exploring electrician apprenticeships


As Baby Boomers are retiring, careers in the skilled trades are in greater demand. Schools and guidance counselors are recognizing this and communicating with students that college isn’t the only pathway to a steady career. And locally, there is an influx in the number of students interested in the electrical trade. To highlight the local […]

Veteran poses with electricians

Electricians provide holiday cheer to local Veterans


Two local Veteran families in-need received a special surprise holiday gift from the Warren and Youngstown NECA-IBEW Electricians, a group of electrical contractors and union locals, IBEW Local 64 and IBEW Local 573. It’s the third year the group has adopted local Veteran families at the holidays, not only to thank them for their service […]