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"Joe" Dickey Electric installing light pole at The Walnut Grove in Canfield.

Curbing vandals: Dickey Electric rallies with electricians to light up Walnut Grove playground


“Joe” Dickey Electric, along with the Youngstown and Warren LMCCs, helped secure the popular Walnut Grove inclusive playground in Canfield by installing a large LED light fixture at no cost to the local non-profit organization. The project was in response to a call for help after property damage from vandalism in 2023. The Walnut Grove […]

University Electric crew working on wiring for EV chargers that will go in the parking lot on Fifth Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Youngstown.

Full power: University Electric setting up chargers for EV drivers in Youngstown


Charging stations will soon be available for EV drivers in two parking lots in downtown Youngstown. University Electric is the contractor hooking up the service and installing them. The existing Kress lot, next to West Federal Street, will eventually have two stations capable of charging four vehicles at a time. “We have not started there […]

Attorney Chris Sammarone, executive director for Mahoning Valley NECA.

New leader for Mahoning Valley NECA: Attorney Chris Sammarone takes reins


A practicing attorney for 25 years, Chris Sammarone is the new executive director for the Mahoning Valley NECA chapter. He officially took the helm on May 1. He fills the seat left by Tom Lipka, who held the position since 2019. Lipka was recently promoted to a field representative position for NECA’s Eastern Region. Coincidentally, […]

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 […]

Shawn and Tyler Campbell, of Connected Technologies

Contractor profile: Success comes quick for Connected Technologies


To say business is growing at a “rapid pace” is an understatement for Shawn Campbell, co-owner and project estimator at Connected Technologies. The company started in March 2021, and the number of completed jobs has more than doubled since then. Connected Technologies is a low-voltage contractor dealing with the installation of data cables/towers, fiber optics, […]

Electricians with Boo Squad, from Poland, donating Thanksgiving meals for families in-need.

Scary good work: Electricians back children-led mission to spread kindness


Dan Santon envisions a Boo Squad in every community where NECA and IBEW do business. Boo Squad is a Poland-based community service organization comprised of more than 50 kids from local school districts. Its biggest mission of the year is feeding families in-need at Thanksgiving. “It’s such a great thing for kids to see the […]

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 […]

IBEW Local 573 apprentice showing students at Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo how to bend conduit.

Plug into a powerful future as an apprentice electrician


There are a variety of pathways to a rewarding, well-paying career. A college degree is conventional, but it’s not for everyone. Some people enjoy hands-on learning, and a skilled trade like an apprentice electrician, is a route to a great living without incurring much debt. Starting in the electrical trade can be done right out […]

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 […]