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Electrical Connection Supports Rural and Urban “Shop with a Cop” Programs

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Donates a Total of $10,000 to St. Francois County And Ferguson Law Enforcement Holiday Giving Programs 

For the 26th year the Electrical Connection is a major supporter of the law enforcement community trust building program “Shop with a Cop.”  The labor-management partnership is contributing $5,000 each to St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop.” The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  This year’s donation raises the Electrical Connection’s 26-year commitment to “Shop with a Cop” to more than $75,000.

The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program is among the oldest and largest in the nation.  This year, it served more than 500 children on Dec. 18, 2018 when law enforcement throughout the state came to the Farmington, Mo. Wal-Mart to buy children holiday gifts they would not otherwise receive.  The following day, on Dec. 19, 2018, the Ferguson police department hosted its “Shop with a Cop” program at the Ferguson Community Center at 1050 Smith Ave., serving more than 30 children. Gifts at the Ferguson event were purchased at Target. The Electrical Connection has supported the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” for the past three years.

The Electrical Connection was joined by Saint Louis FC at both “Shop with a Cop” events.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection Energizes U.S. Probation Officers Holiday Gift Giving Program for Families in the Justice System

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IBEW/NECA Partnership Donates $2,500 to Children’s Holiday Event 

A program to help rehabilitate inmates and ex-offenders in the justice system is being energized by the Electrical Connection through its support of a holiday gift giving program.  In the process, the Electrical Connection is also introducing construction careers to ex-offenders in the justice system.  On December 12, 2018, the Electrical Connection presented a check for $2,500 to support a children’s holiday event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in partnership with the U.S Probation Office.  The money supported holiday gift giving to families served by theUnited States District Court Eastern District of Missouri, Probation Division.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

On December 12, 2018, children gathered with families at a holiday party the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church gym at 4967 Forest Park Ave in the Central West.  They were given winter coats, Christmas gifts and celebrated the holiday season with festive activities. Up to 250 children were served in the program.  At a separate event, children of inmates in the federal system were able to visit with their mothers via a teleconference.

“The Electrical Connection has built a reputation for supporting the St. Louis community and we greatly appreciate its support of our gift giving program to strengthen families served by our justice system,” said Scott A. AndersChief U.S. Probation Officer.  “The Electrical Connection is adding even greater value by introducing a solid career path in the electrical industry to those we rehabilitate.”

In many ways, the U.S. Probation Officers Children’s Holiday Event is much like the “Shop with a Cop” program long supported by the Electrical Connection.  The law enforcement community trust-building program provides holiday gifts to children that they would not otherwise receive.  The Electrical Connection supports “Shop with a Cop” programs in Ferguson, Mo. and in St. Francois County, Mo.

“We are greatly impressed by the U.S. Probation Office’s Project Re-Direct and the support it provides to inmates and ex-offenders,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “Its creative approach to rehabilitation, which the holiday giving event is part of, goes a long way to stabilizing lives and families while strengthening our community.”

Project Re-Direct is led by Clark E. Porter, MSW, an ex-felon himself, who is now a program support specialist for United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri.  It is an intense seven-month program that consists of substance abuse treatment, community service, employment assistance, and support for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism and reorient their lives to give greater purpose beneficial to society.  Learn more about Porter and Project Re-Direct in this video.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection Details Readiness for Rapid Changes In Energy Technology

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Smart infrastructure, including smart roads, and innovations in energy storage and micro grid technology are coming to Missouri, but will the state have the skilled workforce needed to build it?  Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, gave a resounding yes. Curran was among the speakers and moderators at the third conference this year in the Midwest Energy Policy Series (MEPS) presented by the Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI). The Electrical Connection represents a partnership that develops and trains the vast majority of highly skilled electricians and communication technicians that serve the state’s technology and energy needs.  The day-long MEPS conference was held on Dec. 5, 2018 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 hall and training center.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. Curran spoke on workforce and Electric Vehicles as well as moderated the panel discussion on Future Technology Pushing Today’s Economy.  It featured Tim Arbeiter, director of broadband for the State of Missouri, Tim Sylvester, CEO, Integrated Roadways, and Tim McMahon, senior vice president of advocacy and government relations, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

“It is time for the Show Me State to stop having the world show us and time we started showing the world what Missouri does,” said Curran. He noted that under leadership of Director Dennis Gralike, the staff of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis helped develop the national curriculum for fixed electrical vehicle charging stations. Working with OEMs, Gralike’s staff developed the first-ever Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) launched in 2011 and now the standard for supporting EV infrastructure.  “For the EV market to be successful, there had to be assurances of reliable fixed charging stations,” noted Curran.  “Having quality, licensed contractors and a skilled and safe workforce to install charging stations was critical for the EV consumer experience, if the market was to expand.”

Curran added that Gralike’s team is now engaged in training for energy storage and micro grid certification, partnering with Penn State nationally.  “We have talent, skilled resources based here now in Missouri to not only be competitive but to lead the way worldwide in new technology development, installation and acceptance,” noted Curran.  IBEW/NECA invests more than $3 million annually in training.  For more than 75 years, its training has been free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and allows apprentices to earn a living with benefits while they take the 78-course curriculum at the training center. It also offers continuing education for journey workers.

John McClain

Echoing Curran comments on workforce readiness was John McClain executive consultant with Cornerstone Consulting.  McClain, who has more than 45 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, served on the Energy, Economic Development and Missouri panel discussion.  He presented a case study in Kentucky, a right-to-work state, where a manufacturer was having issues with power supply and distribution until McClain brought in the Electrical Connection partnership to fix the problems.

“No state should have policies in place that suppress skilled workforce development,” noted McClain. “The Electrical Connection’s industry-funded training program is the standard for pace-setting skills and safety serving Missouri’s energy and technology needs.  It’s a great asset to Missouri and is exported to other states whose policies have led to skilled training atrophy.”

Joining McClain on his panel discussion were Byron DeLear, regional executive, Ygrene Energy Fund and Randy Moore, CEO, ZAF Energy Systems.

The other panel discussions were Energy Providers Spurring Economic Development featuring Mike Kearney, vice president, economic development, Ameren, and Drew Robinson, manager of renewables KCP&L, Spire, Inc. There was also a 2019 Legislative Outlook featuring Missouri Senator Ed Emery and Representative Rocky Miller.

The Missouri Energy Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of public and private-sector entities working together to increase energy economic development, innovation, and education throughout the state. MEI serves as an independent public policy group on emerging energy issues and focuses on being a trusted source of energy information for Missouri and the Midwest. The organization encourages creative collaborations and promotes affordable, reliable and sustainable energy efforts.

For more than 100 years, the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA has been the “go to” resource for safe and reliable electrical and communications construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org

 

Electrical Connection Joins Salute to IBEW President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill

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Edwin Hill

The Electrical Connection mourns the loss of inspirational labor leader Edwin D Hill.  Hill passed away on Dec. 1, 2018.  He began his career as construction wireman in 1956 and rose through the ranks to become president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was later honored as its president emeritus.

“The labor movement has lost one of its greatest visionaries and leaders,” noted IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson.  “We join with President Hill’s friends and family in mourning his loss. But while this is a moment of great sadness, we draw inspiration and joy from President Hill’s nearly six-decades of service to working families and the union that was the cause of his life: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”

Hill navigated numerous challenges for IBEW, strengthening the union with progressive programs to deliver greater value in its highly skilled and safe workforce.  Among those was the“Code of Excellence,” which helped earn local NECA contractor PayneCrest an AGC Keystone Award in 2016 for its work with IBEW on the Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit in Gentry, Ark.  The project’s use of the “Code of Excellence” was spotlighted by Electric TV.  Read more.

Electrical Connection Members Earn Three AGC Keystone Awards

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The AGC of Missouri, the state’s largest and oldest general contractor business organization, is saluting Electrical Connection members with three AGC Keystone Awards.   Guarantee Electrical Co. and Kaiser Electric were each honored at the Nov. 8, 2018 celebration of construction excellence at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles.  Since 1997, more than 30 projects built by Electrical Connection member contractors have earned AGC Keystone Awards.  More than 90 have been honored as finalists.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

NECA contractor Guarantee was named Electrical Specialty Contractor of the Year and earned a Keystone Award for its work on the BJC Campus Renewal Project Phase I for BJC HealthCare.  Kaiser earned a Keystone Award for its emergency generator project at St. Mary’s Hospital for SSM Health.

Electrical Connection members saluted as finalists included PayneCrest Electric, Inc. for its work on the Ranken Jordan Inpatient Addition in Maryland Heights.  Guarantee was also honored as a finalist for its work on the Peter Sachs Museum for the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Museum of the Westward Expansion at the Arch for the U.S. Department of Interior.

For a list of all Electrical Contractor members honored over the past 22 years, visit this link.

 

The prestigious AGC Keystone Awards celebrate excellence in projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.  For more information, visit www.agcmo.org.

Electrical Connection Members Power the PGA Championship in St. Louis

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If you attended or watched the historic 100th PGA Championship in St. Louis, you marveled at the precision golf shots.  Behind the scenes, equally impressive precision by Electrical Connection members powered the event and connected it to a worldwide audience.  Contracted by Aggreko, an international electricity, heating, and cooling provider, NECA contractor Guarantee Electrical Co. teamed with IBEW Local 1 to power every facet of the championship.

“The PGA was a spectacular showcase for St. Louis worldwide,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We are extremely proud of our IBEW/NECA team which for decades has been the region’s ‘go to’ source for reliable and safe electrical and communications infrastructure needed for major events.   The PGA and Bellerive Country Club delivered a great tournament for fans and we were pleased to be part of it.”

The tale of the tape on the sprawling Bellerive Country Club in Town & Country, Mo. and its 7,547-yard course also tells the tale of the enormous challenge of transforming the private club for a worldwide spectacle. The event was almost entirely powered by generators.

Guarantee connected temporary power to the 46,800-square-foot PGA Merchandise Pavilion to power its air conditioning, wireless communications, lighting, video boards and more. The generators also reliably powered the concession stands strategically placed along the golf course.

Equally impressive were the accommodations for the media and the estimated 1,000 journalists covering the event.  The IBEW/NECA team provided temporary power to the massive media center and stationary cameras covering the action on the course.  In addition, the temporary power was used to support media using wireless connections for roaming camera crews and journalists on the course.

Guarantee began work on the project a year ago by connecting temporary power from an Ameren feed to the PGA trailer from which the entire championship was orchestrated. To insure uninterruptable power for this major event, a backup generator was provided to the Bellerive clubhouse.

The PGA project was yet another in a series major St. Louis area events wired by the IBEW/NECA team.  Indeed, Guarantee Electrical traces its name to its “guaranteed performance” wiring of the 1904 World’s Fair.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the National Electrical Contractors Associations (NECA).  For more than 100 years, IBEW/NECA has been the “go to” resource for safe and reliable electrical and communications construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection & Saint Louis FC Continue Fundraiser for “Shop with a Cop”

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The Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC partnership to raise funds for two holiday season “Shop with a Cop” programs will continue for the rest of the year.  A series of thunderstorms suspended the July 14, 2018 game to benefit the law enforcement trust building programs in Ferguson and St. Francois County.  That didn’t dampen the celebration of the programs or the fundraising.  See the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on the game and the celebration.  The suspended game will resume on Oct. 10, 2018.

Before the bad weather moved in, pre-game ceremonies featured a “Shop with a Cop” video and introduced law enforcement officials from Ferguson and St. Francois County along with the Electrical Connection leadership which has supported “Shop with a Cop” for more 25 years. Fans received a limited edition 2018 holiday ornament commemorating the event for a donation.  Nearly $400 was raised during the weather dampened game.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The special edition ornament is available on the Saint Louis FC Fan Shop website at www.shop.saintlouisfc.com and will also be offered at the rescheduled Oct. 10, 2018 game and an August 4, 2018 game saluting unions.  In addition, fans will be educated about both charitable programs at the Saint Louis FC Fan Shop.

‘Shop with a Cop’ raises money so law enforcement can take children December holiday shopping for gifts they would not otherwise receive.  St. Francois County celebrated the 25th anniversary of its “Shop with a Cop” program last year.  It is one of the largest in the country, serving more than 500 children. Electrical Connection members have supported that program since its inception.  In 2016, the Electrical Connection helped re-energize the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program by initiating the Saint Louis FC “Christmas in July” fundraiser.  The Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC to initiate Saint Louis FC “Christmas in July” fundraiser in 2016.  The Electrical Connection has donated nearly $75,000 over the years to support both since 1993.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection & Saint Louis FC Host Fundraiser for Shop with a Cop

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Ferguson and St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” Programs to Benefit

Fundraising for two holiday season “Shop with a Cop” programs will get a big boost at the July 14, 2018 Saint Louis FC soccer game in Fenton, Mo.  The Electrical Connection is again partnering with Saint Louis FC to host a Christmas in July fundraiser at the game for “Shop with a Cop” programs in Ferguson, Mo. and St. Francois County.    The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Shop with a Cop raises money so law enforcement can take under privileged children December holiday shopping for gifts they would not otherwise receive.  St. Francois County celebrated the 25th anniversary of its “Shop with a Cop” program last year.  It is one of the largest in the country, serving more than 500 children. Electrical Connection members have supported that program since its inception.  In 2016, the Electrical Connection helped re-energize the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program by initiating the Saint Louis FC “Christmas in July” fundraiser.  The Electrical Connection has donated nearly $75,000 over the years to support both programs.

The Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC will celebrate both programs at the July 14, 2018 Saturday night soccer game against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Toyota Stadium in Fenton, Mo.  Pre-game ceremonies will spotlight both “Shop with a Cop” programs and fans will receive a limited edition 2018 holiday ornament commemorating the event for a donation.   Representatives from the Ferguson and St. Francois County programs will be in attendance.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Five Electrical Connection Member Projects Named Finalists in AGC Keystone Awards

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MO Botanical Garden Museum

The total number of Electrical Connection member projects saluted over the last 21 years by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri now exceeds 100 with word that five were selected as finalists for this year’s AGC Keystone Awards. Since 1997, the prestigious construction awards program has honored projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.

This year, three projects from Guarantee Electrical Co. and one each from PayneCrest Electric Inc. and Kaiser Electric were selected as finalists for the awards.  All are members of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

Guarantee is being honored for its work on the Peter Sachs Museum for the Missouri Botanical Garden, the BJC Campus Renewal Project Phase I for BJC HealthCare, and Museum of the Westward Expansion at the Arch (pictured above) for the U.S. Department of Interior.

PayneCrest’s earned a finalist selection for its work on the Ranken Jordan Inpatient Addition in Maryland Heights while Kaiser is saluted for its work on its emergency generator project at St. Mary’s Hospital for SSM Health.

Winners of the 2018 AGC Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles.  For more information, visit www.agcmo.org.

Electrical Connection Reminds Boat Dock Owners to Check Electrical Safety

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Headed to the lake house or condo to prepare it for a summer of fun?  Don’t forget to check the electrical safety of boat docks.  That’s the advice of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).    

“Boat docks are exposed daily to wakes, high winds, bad weather and fluctuating lake levels,” noted Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “That can impact electrical systems powering docks creating potential electrical shock hazards on the dock and in the water.  So it’s important to add a boat dock electrical safety check to the list of things to get the lake home ready for a summer of fun.”  Curran adds that neighboring docks should be checked as well.

This year, Missouri State Senator Jake Hummel introduced revised legislation (SB 622) to improve boat dock safety in the state. In other parts of the country, communities are upgrading safety equipment to protect marinas including the Geneva State Park Marina near Cleveland (see:http://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/marina-installs-new-safety-equipment/article_eb7c0975-f4f3-53b0-b535-8650e9c75b9c.html).

In the meantime, the Electrical Connection, which is the single largest source of licensed electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the state of Missouri, recommends boat dock owners consider the following:

  • A Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) should be on all dock receptacles.  A GFCI measures the current in a circuit. An imbalance of that current, such as a discharge into the water, will trip the GFCI cutting off power.
  • The GFCI should be tested at least once a month or per the manufacturer’s specifications.  The GFCI should be located somewhere along the ramp to the dock so it can be easily found and tested by local fire departments as needed.
  • All metal parts on the dock like ladders, boat lifts, sinks and the frame of dock should have “bonding jumpers” on them to connect all metal parts to a ground rod on the shore.  That will ensure any part of the metal dock that becomes energized because of electrical malfunction will trip the GFCI or the circuit breaker.
  • Make sure the switch to disconnect power is at the dock entrance and easily found for first responders.  You don’t want to attempt any kind of rescue from a charged dock.
  • Never use an extension cord on a dock.
  • Neighboring docks can also present a shock hazard.  Ensure your neighbor’s dockside electrical system complies with the National Electrical Code and has been inspected.
  • All electrical installations should be performed by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Because docks are exposed to the elements, their electrical systems should be inspected at least once a year.

The Electrical Connection, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  It has the largest data base of skilled, safe and licensed electrical contractors serving Missouri.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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