Tag Archives: Youngstown







Santon Electric sign outside duplex on Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown.

Santon Electric tackles residential housing projects in Youngstown


Residential housing on Youngstown’s South Side is getting powered by Santon Electric. Electricians have been going between duplexes on Glenwood Avenue and single-family homes being built on Bernard Street. The projects are an effort between the city and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Santon Electric is working with Joe Koch Construction – the lead contractor […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Dickey Electric lights up addition at Butler Art museum


The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown is familiar ground for “Joe” Dickey Electric. The company serves as the main electrical contractor for maintenance at the museum. In addition, since June 2022, the North Lima-based electrical contractor has been onsite building the new Vincent and Phyllis Bacon Wing. It features a window wall facing […]

electrician wiring a house

7 Questions to ask before hiring a residential electrician


Electrical work is an important component of any home renovation or repair. That’s why you want to hire the right residential electrician for the job. To be sure you’re making the right decision, we compiled a list of 7 questions to ask before committing to a contractor. “You want to make sure your contractor is […]

Electrician voted best career in the building trades


It is no secret that careers in the building trades are hot. Locally, IBEW Local 64 and IBEW Local 573 need electricians to complete local residential and commercial projects. With “good earning potential and excellent job growth prospects,” a career as an electrician has been ranked the top career choice in the skilled trades for […]

IBEW Local 64 grants holiday wishes for local children


IBEW Local 64 values supporting those in need during the holiday season. The Youngstown-based union of electricians presented a monetary donation to a local non-profit, YWCA Mahoning Valley in November. Scott Satterlee, business manager of IBEW Local 64 said, “Giving back to the community in any capacity is something the union is grateful to be […]

Representatives of IBEW Local 64, IBEW Local 573 and Santon Electric pose with their donations to the Boo Squad’s Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Electricians, inspired by the generosity of children, come to the table with Thanksgiving meal donations


IBEW Local 64 and IBEW Local 573 value giving back during the holiday season, especially when the donation features a lesson for young people. The owner of Santon Electric, Dan Santon, saw an ad for the Boo Squad on the local news, and he then shared what he found with fellow NECA-IBEW Electricians leaders. “We […]

VEC provides voice of “Apprentices as Future Leaders” at NECA Convention


For the last five years, the VEC, Inc. team has attended annual NECA Conventions across the country to learn and grow as a company while also presenting their own expertise to peers on a national level through breakout session speaking opportunities. This past October, Mike Reiser, vice president for the Industrial Division, and Bruno Frate, […]