NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action

Residential electrical trends include LEDs, backup generators and smart technology

Homeowners and rental property owners in the Mahoning Valley are flipping the switch on traditional thinking and migrating to high-efficiency lighting, backup power and smart technology in their homes. And NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors are ready to meet the demand. “Everything has pretty much moved to LED,” said Nick Berni, project manager at Gulu Electric. […]

Tri-Area Electric puts stamp on Youngstown Amphitheatre project

What once was the former Wean United site in downtown Youngstown has been revived as the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, with member contractor Tri-Area Electric at the heart of the project. “Last summer, this area was just an open field essentially full of rubble and dirt,” said Michael Johnston, project manager for Tri-Area Electric. “Now, this […]

Faces of the Trade: Mike Rowbotham

Coming from a long line of family military service, including his grandfather and brother, Mike Rowbotham knew at a young age what branch of the military he wanted to serve in. “When I was in second grade, I told my mom I wanted to join the Marines,” he said. After enlisting in July 2012, Rowbotham […]

IBEW Local 573 continues commitment to Warren Relay for Life

Donating their time and expertise, IBEW Local 573 continued a long-standing community service project this week for the Warren Relay for Life. Members, apprentices and retirees spent part of their Monday morning setting up electrical service for team tents on Courthouse Square. “This event has been near and dear to our hearts for a long […]

Faces of the Trade: Brian Luoma

It requires a high level of strategy to defeat an opponent in chess. And that’s exactly what retired journeyman electrician Brian Luoma loves about the game. “To me, it’s like a lot of miniature little puzzles,” Luoma said. “In chess, I like to see and figure out what you’re doing and answer to it. It’s […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians embrace going green

As green energy continues to evolve, NECA-IBEW Electricians member contractors are preparing for renewable energy sources to be used more in construction projects. “Green energy has its niche market,” said Steve Fife, journeyman electrician at “Joe” Dickey Electric and fifth-year apprentice instructor. “There’s a lot of people interested in it. Not only does it help […]

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 […]