NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action

Faces of the Trade: Tom Lipka

After practicing law for 24 years, Tom Lipka has ventured into a new role leading the charge as executive director of the Mahoning Valley NECA chapter. “My first few months have been extremely hectic,” he said. “It’s on-the-job training and there’s so much to this industry. Since I’m coming in from outside, there’s a lot […]

Faces of the Trade: Justin Davner

For Justin Davner, an interest in the electrical trade started thanks to his stepfather, Paul, who was a union carpenter. “I started working with him around the house,” he said. “Then he started pushing me towards the electrical field.” While in high school, Davner focused in on his career choice by taking classes at the […]

Faces of the Trade: Bob Ponzani

After serving in the Vietnam War, Bob Ponzani returned to Youngstown looking for a career. He found it following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. “They taught me the [electrical] trade when I came out of the service to earn extra money while working at U.S. Steel,” he said. “And I just stayed […]

Electricians give $5,000 to Rescue Mission campaign

The Move Our Mission campaign is that much closer to breaking ground due in part to a $5,000 donation from NECA-IBEW Electricians. Representatives from the Mahoning Valley NECA contractors and IBEW Local 64 electricians visited the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley this week to present their check. The electrical room in the new mission […]

CR Electric solves unique design-build challenge for City Concrete silo project

As work continues on a silo project for City Concrete, Jason Rubin, president of CR Electric, couldn’t be happier with how everything is coming together. “We actually put our design together on paper with the controls, control cabinets, control centers and service,” Rubin said. “Now, we’re at the point six months later, we’re building the […]

Apprentices reflect on first year in the electrical trade

Starting down a path to a successful career, three first-year electrician apprentices through the Youngstown Area Electrical JATC were eager to share their stories and experiences. “I really love it,” said Pete Barone, commercial electrician apprentice. “Honestly, ever since I walked in the door, I could tell I’m part of something a lot different than […]

Journeyman electrician gives back on El Salvador mission trip

Along with making an impact locally as an electrician and teacher, Dave McGoogan looks to help those in need around the world. In February, McGoogan, a journeyman electrician with “Joe” Dickey Electric, traveled to El Salvador with his son, Dale, as part of a mission trip with Victory Christian Center. “This was my sixth time […]

Second-year apprentices learn the art of conduit bending

From conceptualizing to precise measurement taking, bending conduit is a crucial skill needed to succeed as a journeyman electrician. “Conduit bending is a technique used to provide a path for our circuit conductors to get from point A to point B,” said Bob Mass, journeyman inside electrician, Grunau Company. “Unfortunately, there’s never a straight path […]

“Joe” Dickey Electric steps up as United Way Change Maker

With an emphasis on supporting the community, “Joe” Dickey Electric is giving back by becoming a Change Maker sponsor for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “Typically, we’re involved with the United Way, being part of special and little projects throughout the year,” said Eric Carlson, president, “Joe” Dickey Electric. “This year, […]

High voltage class preaches importance of safety

Working safely and identifying hazards are top priorities when our member contractors set foot on the jobsite. Recently, the Youngstown Area Electrical JATC held a high voltage class in an effort to educate journeymen electricians on how to safely work with transformer connections options. “The class is an effort to get journeymen electricians a little […]