Tag Archives: Youngstown







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, […]

VEC wins NECA Project Excellence Award for Ultium Cells work


Member-contractor, VEC has been awarded a National Electrical Contractors Association Project Excellence Award for its work on the Ultium Cells battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio in 2021. Mike Reiser, VEC Vice President for the Industrial Division, says the team, was “responsible for the switch yard, which is a 138,000-power volt, as well as the substation, […]

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Skilled Trades Expo boosts electrician apprentice recruiting efforts


Students from across the Mahoning Valley were tradespeople for a day at the Skilled Trades Expo on Sept. 21 and 22, learning hands-on and interacting with workers to learn about opportunities in the building and construction industry. NECA-IBEW Electricians were represented by the Warren and Youngstown training centers, current apprentices and representative contractors who introduced […]

Brogan Kenneally works at an Ohio Turnpike site.

National Guard-to-electrician easy transition for second-year Local 573 apprentice


For Brogan Kenneally, making the switch from military life to full-time electrician has been smooth. The fourth-year apprentice served with the Ohio National Guard for six years, which coincided with his apprenticeship. Kenneally is currently working at University Electric in Youngstown. Easy balancing act “IBEW Local 573 was able to help me balance military obligations […]