Tag Archives: NECA-IBEW Electricians







CR Electric outside Brainard Rivet in Girard for power upgrade.

CR Electric’s power upgrade breathes new life into manufacturing plant


A year of planning and strategizing for a power upgrade at Brainard Rivet in Girard came down to a six-hour window of critically timed electrical work. CR Electric calls it an intense project to tackle. Brainard Rivet needed to change over from an 800-amp service to 2,000 amps. The company manufactures fasteners, rivets and pins […]

Cody Hilliard and Kenny Lucas, of IBEW Local 64, at guidance counselors presentation about skilled trades.

Electricians school educators about skilled trades careers


The teachers became the students at an information session about skilled trades careers. Around 70 area guidance counselors and educators gathered at the Sheet Metal JAC Training Center in Boardman to learn about the many opportunities for young people in the building trades. Eric Davis, training director at the Warren Electrical JATC, was among the […]

Eric and Bethany Carlson, United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley 2023 co-chairs.

Best campaign ever: Carlsons help bring in record funds for United Way


It’s a fundraising number the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has never seen in its 105-year existence. Eric Carlson, president of “Joe” Dickey Electric, and his wife, Bethany, served as 2023 campaign co-chairs and helped bring in more than $3.7 million for the organization. The Carlsons have been involved with United Way […]

Electrician working at Ultium Cells early on in the project.

Electrical contractors charged up: Optimistic outlook for 2024


[Following is the NECA-IBEW’s submission in the recently published Business Journal Growth Report 1 issue] A steady combination of commercial projects and residential work kept the energy high for NECA-IBEW Electricians in 2023. Overall, the signatory Mahoning Valley electrical contractors and IBEW union locals are keeping an optimistic outlook for 2024. IBEW Locals 64 and […]

Alex Dahler, of Dahler Electric, is a new electrical contractor in the Mahoning Valley.

Contractor profile: Dahler Electric striving for big business


Dreaming big is something Alex Dahler hasn’t stopped doing since he became an electrician. His interest in the trade started during his high school days. He then attended Mahoning County Career and Technical Center for the electrical program. After graduating in 2013, he got into the apprenticeship program with IBEW Local 64. He worked for […]

Eric Clayton, of CR Electric in Girard, tested into journeyman electrician after 15,000 hours of work.

Journeyman electrician finds power in unconventional path to career success


Sometimes the plan to reach a goal happens in an unexpected way, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the success is any less sweet. For Eric Clayton, persistence and the will to do what he loves have gone a long way to becoming a journeyman electrician. He’s been in the trade for eight years, currently works […]

Sam Decesare, owner of Revolt Electric, outside his work van.

Contractor profile: Revolt Electric running at full charge


In electrical terms, 2023 has been a power surge for Sam Decesare. He officially started his own business, Revolt Electric, in January and has been moving at lightning speed ever since. As a one-man operation, to say he has a full schedule is an understatement. He juggles working, estimates, meetings and the office work. Decesare […]

Twin Peaks opening in Boardman in space left vacant by TGI Fridays.

Gulu Electric to illuminate the Twin Peaks restaurant


A space left empty for eight years after TGI Fridays closed in Boardman is being revived. Twin Peaks, a sports bar and restaurant, is coming to Tiffany Boulevard. Gulu Electrical Contractors, of Youngstown, has been working on the project since the end of August. Steve Weimer is the foreman for Gulu. He says the job […]

Nate Castle, IBEW Local 573, explains conduit bending to students at the MVST Expo in Canfield.

Skilled Trades Expo offers glimpse into electrical trade


The idea of the Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo is to have students get their hands dirty and find a potential career path they wouldn’t have otherwise considered. Nearly 5,000 students flocked to the new event center at the Canfield Fairgrounds between September 20 and 21. This was the fourth year for the event. There […]

Alex Birtalan, 22, receives LMCC scholarship for second year.

Two-time LMCC scholarship winner steadfast in career dreams


With at least two years of classes left in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology, Alex Birtalan has a “can’t-stop-won’t-stop” mentality. For the second year, he received the NECA-IBEW Electricians’ scholarship through the YSU Foundation. Birtalan, 22, of Salem, attends YSU part-time and works as much as possible as a junior estimator at […]