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Electrical Connection Member Contractors Show Strength in Ranking of St. Louis’ Largest Electrical Contractors

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Electrical contractor members of the Electrical Connection partnership have again made a robust showing in an annual ranking of the largest electrical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eighteen of the 22 electrical contractors ranked are members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).  NECA partners with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection labor-management partnership.  The rankings are by gross billings in 2017 and can be found at this link: https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/subscriber-only/2018/04/06/st-louis-largest-electrical-contractors.html

Among the St. Louis NECA electrical contractors on the April 5, 2018 listing and their revenues are:

  • Sachs Electric — $243 million
  • F. Electric Inc. — $212 million
  • Guarantee Electrical Co. — $152.65 million
  • PayneCrest Electric Inc. — $109 million
  • Kaiser Electric — $48.22 million
  • Aschinger Electric Co. — $44.36 million
  • TSI Global Cos., LLC — $43 million
  • Kaemmerlen Electric — $38 million
  • Bell Electrical Contractors Inc. — $30 million
  • Schaeffer Electric Co. Inc.– $24.4 million
  • Kay Bee Electric– $23 million
  • K&F Electric Inc., a Zak Co. — $20.8 million
  • Pyramid Electrical Contractors– $19.23 million
  • TD4 Electrical and Communications LLC– $18.5 million
  • RJP Electric LLC — $18.38 million
  • Schneider Electric of St. Louis LLC– $15.89 million
  • M.R. Bathe Electric – $10.76 million
  • J. Bathe Electric — $6.5 million

NECA members in the rankings include minority contractors.  The industries served by the NECA contactors on the list span residential and commercial, including healthcare, power, industrial, retail, multifamily, renewable energy, institutional, R&D, data centers, schools and more.

St. Louis NECA contractors employ the electricians and communication technicians IBEW.  The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership provides 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 Sponsors Saint Louis FC’s Fourth Season in St. Louis

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Saint Louis Football Club’s (Saint Louis FC) fourth season kicks off on March 31, 2018 with the Electrical Connection as a major sponsor again.  The revamped team will take the field at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo. to play the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.  Saint Louis FC will be wearing their familiar jerseys emblazoned with the Electrical Connection logo.  The Electrical Connection will also be offering a free jersey giveaway for all home games at its web site: www.electricalconnection.org.   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 March 8, 2018, Saint Louis FC introduced the 2018 team, its new head coach, Anthony Pulis, and its updated jerseys.   “There is a tremendous energy generated by Saint Louis FC fans,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “Our partnership with the team builds on that excitement and helps us better engage our customers and connect the region to IBEW/NECA community building initiatives.”   

 

For the third year in a row, Curran said the Electrical Connection will leverage the Saint Louis FC Partnership to raise money for the St. Francois County and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” programs.  The Electrical Connection will sponsor a July 14, 2018 “Christmas in July” game to raise money for the law enforcement trust building charities.

The Electrical Connection will be spotlighted not only on the jerseys but also field banners, scoreboard promotions and other signage at Toyota Stadium.  In addition, the Electrical Connection is supporting the team with advertising on KPLR-TV broadcasts of the Saint Louis FC games.

 

 “We appreciate all that the Electrical Connection does to support the team and connect Saint Louis FC with IBEW/NECA initiatives that build and sustain healthy community,” said Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, Saint Louis FC.   

 

Saint Louis FC is playing 34 games this year, including 17 home games at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park features a Biergarten, Corner Flag Hospitality Patios, a Fan Zone, space for tailgate parties, a Craft Beer Corner, and great food options. For game tickets, visit www.saintlouisfc.com

 

Saint Louis FC plays in 30-team United Soccer League (USL).

Electrical Connection members 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 Charts Career Pathways In Salute to Students Excelling in STEM Subjects

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22 St. Charles High School Students Honored forAchievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The Electrical Connection expanded its support of the best and brightest high school students in St. Charles County by charting pathways to career opportunities in the electrical industry.   As it has done in previous years, the Electrical Connection co-sponsored the STEM Celebration Breakfast presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County.  The ninth annual salute recognized 22 students who excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.  This year, it also included a panel discussion on career development that featured Dennis Gralike, director of the award-winning IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center.

The training center at 2300 Hampton Ave. is operated by the labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  IBEW and NECA also form the Electrical Connection.

Gralike detailed the training center’s robust curriculum that builds on the foundation of science, technology, engineering and math.  He also noted training center’s accreditations that allow apprentices and journey workers to earn college credits.

For more than 75 years, the training center has produced more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in Missouri.  It features a five-year, 10,000 hour education program that is industry funded at no taxpayer expense.  Its apprentices are instructed free of charge and have opportunities to earn a living while they learn the electrical trade.

“There’s no better example of the importance of STEM education than the growing complexities of commercial, industrial and residential electrical and communications construction,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “The STEM achievers we salute today have the potential to design, engineer and orchestrate the installation the electrical and communications infrastructure to meet our future technology needs.  These students will shape our next generation data centers, advanced manufacturing facilities, hospitals, renewable energy, smart buildings and more.”  Curran Wencouraged the students to build their careers in St. Louis.

Curran also announced that through the Electrical Connection’s partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals, the students and school officials will be treated to a special behind the scenes look at how STEM education is applied to running the storied baseball franchise.  On April 24, 2018, they will be invited to Busch Stadium to hear from team officials in several departments about how they apply STEM subjects.

The learning session will be concluded by a luncheon co-sponsored by the Electrical Connection.      The St. Charles County high school students honored at this year’s STEM breakfast include:

  • Hannah Ballard, Lutheran High;
  • Samuel Baumann, St. Charles West;
  • Adam Colter, Lewis & Clark
  • Claire Frank, Francis Howell
  • Emily Harrelson, Fort Zumwalt South
  • Andrew Janes, Fort Zumwalt North
  • Jacob Krussel, Duchesne High
  • Robert Merritt, St. Charles High
  • Hayden Mills, Wentzville Timberland High
  • Jade Nguyen, Fort Zumwalt East
  • Andrew Oliver, Christian High
  • Cooper Redington, Francis Howell Central
  • David Reineke, Orchard Farm
  • Keyton Rovka, Wentzville Holt High
  • Alexandra Sabala, St. Dominic
  • Jiyu Son, Fort Zumwalt West
  • Seth Tate, Wentzville Liberty Academy
  • Caitlind Walker, Francis Howell North

Students honored in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Program include Levi Virden, St. Charles High; Grant Argent, Francis Howell; Savannah Rackovan, Wentzville High; and Brandon Siebert, Orchard Farm High.

The STEM breakfast is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMissouri Energy Initiative (MEI), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and more.

The STEM Celebration Breakfast and panel discussion was held Thursday March 22, 2018 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Mo.

Electrical Connection members 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 Earns Inclusion Award

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The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) has presented the Electrical Connection with an Inclusion Award for its efforts to strengthen diversity in the St. Louis construction industry.  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).

In earning the SLCCC’s Organizational Excellence for Inclusion Award, the Electrical Connection was saluted for taking a holistic approach to investment in training and creatively expanding outreach to minority communities.  Today more than 25 percent of apprentices accepted in the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center are minorities.  IBEW/NECA invest $3 million annually in training, developing highly complex electrical and communication technology skills. The training center has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent.  Its career-building education is free of charge, at no taxpayer expense, and allows apprentices to earn a living with benefits as they develop the skills and safety needed for next generation electrical and communications installations.

Ten years ago, the Great Recession devastated the ranks of the region’s skilled construction workforce.  Many dropped out of the industry or moved away. IBEW/NECA fortified its investment in training from 8,000 hours to 10,000 hours in 2011.  It also tasked its Electrical Connection partnership to develop new strategies to energize minority outreach through its business relationships and partnerships.

Among those in the minority community who have benefited from the outreach is 47-year-old Trisa Newburn whose massage therapy business was shut down by the Great Recession.  Now in her final year of apprenticeship at the training center, Newburn is on the threshold becoming an IBEW electrician.  “This career would be great for lots of people nowadays especially when you can get out of college and still not have a job.  I can get out of school and have many jobs to go to, with good money,” noted Newburn in a Feb. 22, 2018 Fox 2 story on the recovery and resiliency of the St. Louis construction industry.

One of the biggest IBEW/NECA investments was made in fall 2017, when it committed $500,000 to a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center that fortifies an eight-year-long commitment helping schools improve science, technology, engineering and math education.  The investment helps the Science Center reach more schools serving minority communities.

“The Science Center’s mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center.  “The Electrical Connection is a great partner in advancing that mission while broadening outreach to minority communities, where we work together to cultivate greater opportunities for minorities in the electrical trades.”

Other investments and outreach has included:

  • Effective STEM partnerships that unite programs like the Saint Louis Science Center and FIRSTRobotics with the unique skills of the electrical industry that are in high demand to serve science and technology.  STEM subjects are connected to electrical careers in compelling ways as more than 10,000 students have been engaged in school districts with a significant minority student body.
  • Connecting its education programs with key business/education organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Gateway Chapter; American Association of Blacks in Energy, St. Louis Chapter; Project Lead the Way(Jennings School District) and more.
  • Creating a career development education partnership with St. Louis Community Collegein 2017 that allows apprentices and journey workers to earn associate degrees.
  • Participation in more than 20 career fairs annually at high schools throughout the area and furthering outreach through its membership in Missouri School Board Associationand the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
  • Publicizing details of compelling transitions to electrical careers by minorities
  • Fully supporting the Building Union Diversity (BUD)program, a series of nine-week pre-apprenticeship training programs that ready minority construction career aspirants for apprenticeship training.
  • Creatively broadening outreach through trust-building programs aimed at younger children through its $10,000 support of the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop”program 2016 and 2017.  The charity helped familiarize young children with the electrical industry
  • Continuing support of the Regional Union Construction Centerand its mission of creating a sustainable minority contracting community.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers represents the buyers of construction services in the St. Louis region.  Learn more at www.slccc.net.

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.

Image above, L to R: Carol Daniel, KMOX; Mike Newton, IBEW Local 1; Ramon Tumblin-Rucker, BJC HealthCare and SLCCC Diversity Committee chair; Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1; and St. Louis NECA representative Ken Naumann, Kaiser Electric.

Electrical Connection Earns Corporate Citizenship Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis Regional Chamber has honored the Electrical Connection with an Arcus Award. The electrical industry labor-management partnership was presented the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award at a March 1, 2018 gala event at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel downtown.  The celebration drew more than 600 leaders from the business and civic community. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The Electrical Connection was saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  In fall 2017, the Electrical Connection committed to investing $500,000 in a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools.  The Electrical Connection had previously sponsored the high-tech lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.  It has also been major supporter of FIRST Robotics and the St. Charles Economic Development Center’s salute to STEM achievers and has engaged more than 10,000 students in how STEM subjects connect to electrical careers.

The Electrical Connection’s enduring civic support also includes:

  • A 14-year commitment to Rebuilding Together St. Louis, donating labor and more than $825,000 in materials to improve more than 485 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanityto safely wire nearly 300 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Outneighborhood safety by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • Being an important resource on the electrical industry, including energy and technology trends, though board service to the Hawthorne Foundation, Missouri Energy Initiative, Missouri Partnership and others.
  • An ongoing sponsor of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues & Saint Louis FC.
  • Reenergizing Ferguson, Mo.’s “Shop with a Cop” program while continuing its 23-year support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” donating more than $59,000.

And for more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development.  Training is free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and structured to meet Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity, smart building technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, digital communications and more.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  More than 25% of apprentices accepted to the program have been minorities.  The partnership also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection was among five organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others included Bunzl Distribution, Maritz, Millapore Sigma and Redberri Corporation & Redberri Earth Foundation.  The Arcus Awards honor companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. Learn more at www.stlregionalchamber.com.

Electrical Connection Named Finalist for Inclusion Award

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An organization representing the buyers of construction services is recognizing the Electrical Connection partnership for its efforts to strengthen diversity in the St. Louis construction industry.  The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers has named the Electrical Connection a finalist for its Inclusion Awards in the category of Organizational Excellence for Inclusion.  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).

The Electrical Connection was nominated for the award by Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center.  In fall 2017, the Electrical Connection committed $500,000 to a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center that fortifies an eight-year-long commitment helping schools improve science, technology, engineering and math education. The investment helps Science Center reach more schools serving minority communities and is just one component in the Electrical Connection’s holistic approach to strengthen inclusion and diversity in the construction industry.  Today more than 25% of apprentices accepted in the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center are minorities, up from the single digits during the Great Recession.

“The Science Center’s mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning,” noted Vescolani in the nomination.  “The Electrical Connection is a great partner in advancing that mission while broadening outreach to minority communities, where we work together to cultivate greater opportunities for minorities in the electrical trades.”

Ten years ago, the Great Recession devastated the ranks of the region’s skilled construction workforce.  Many dropped out of the industry or moved away. IBEW/NECA tasked its Electrical Connection partnership to develop new strategies to energize minority outreach through its business relationships and partnerships.  This has included:

  • Effective STEM partnerships that unite programs like the Saint Louis Science Center and FIRST Robotics with the unique skills of the electrical industry that are in high demand to serve science and technology. STEM subjects are connected to electrical careers in compelling ways as more than 10,000 students have been engaged in school districts with a significant minority student body.
  • Connecting its education programs with key business/education organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Gateway Chapter; American Association of Blacks in Energy, St. Louis Chapter; Project Lead the Way (Jennings School District) and more.
  • Creating a career development education partnership with Louis Community College in 2017 that allows apprentices and journey workers to earn associate degrees.
  • Participation in more than 20 career fairs annually at high schools throughout the area and furthering outreach through its membership in Missouri School Board Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
  • Publicizing details of compelling transitions to electrical careers by minorities
  • Fully supporting the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, a series of nine-week pre-apprenticeship training programs that ready minority construction career aspirants for apprenticeship training.
  • Creatively broadening outreach through trust-building programs aimed at younger children through its $10,000 support of the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program 2016 and 2017. The charity helped familiarize young children with the electrical industry
  • Continuing support of the Regional Union Construction Center and its mission of creating a sustainable minority contracting community.

IBEW/NECA also fortified its investment in training from 8,000 hours to 10,000 hours in 2011 even though the region was still struggling to recover from the Great Recession.  As always, the training is provided free of charge and apprentices can begin earning money as they learn the trade.  The program is funded entirely by the IBEW/NECA partnership and at no expense to taxpayers.  Mentoring is an integral part of apprenticeship training resulting in a 90% graduation rate.

Other finalist in the Inclusion Awards for organizational excellence are Building Futures, Trinity Masonry, and UP Companies.  For more information visit the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers web site at http://www.slccc.net/blog_home.asp?Display=15

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 Named Arcus Award Finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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For the second year in a row, the Electrical Connection is being saluted as an Arcus Award finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The electrical industry labor-management partnership is a finalist for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Winners of the Arcus Awards will be announced at a March 1, 2018 gala event at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.

The Electrical Connection is being saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  In fall 2017, the Electrical Connection committed to investing $500,000 in a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools.  The Electrical Connection had previously sponsored the high-tech lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.  It has also been major supporter of FIRST Robotics and the St. Charles Economic Development Center’s salute to STEM achievers and has engaged more than 10,000 students in how STEM subjects connect to electrical careers.

The Electrical Connection’s enduring civic support also includes:

A 14-year commitment to Rebuilding Together St. Louis, donating labor and more than $825,000 in materials to improve more than 485 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.

Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire nearly 300 new homes.

Helping National Night Out neighborhood safety by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 homes.

Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.

Being an important resource on the electrical industry, including energy and technology trends, though board service to the Hawthorne Foundation, Missouri Energy Initiative, Missouri Partnership and others.

An ongoing sponsor of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues & Saint Louis FC.

Reenergizing Ferguson, Mo.’s “Shop with a Cop” program while continuing its 23-year support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” donating more than $59,000.

And for more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development.  Training is free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and structured to meet Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity, smart building technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, digital communications and more.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  More than 25% of apprentices accepted to the program have been minorities.  The partnership also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection is among five organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others include Bunzl Distribution, Maritz, Millapore Sigma and Redberri Corporation & Redberri Earth Foundation.  The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. The St. Louis Regional Chamber will salute 51 companies across 10 categories that align with the Chamber’s purpose to inspire a greater St. Louis. Learn more at www.stlregionalchamber.com.

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 Helps “Shop with a Cop” Programs Grow

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

Farmington police officer Jeff Kostedt paid it forward through a law enforcement trust building program that turned his life around when he was a child. On Dec. 15, 2017 Kostedt helped brighten the holidays for underpriveleged children in the 25th annual St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program – a charity that served him 18 years ago when he was just seven years old.  Kostedt and countless children from families in need are the reason the Electrical Connection has supported St. Francois County’s “Shop with a Cop” and helped re-energize a similar program in Ferguson, Mo.

As a child growing up in rural St. Francois County, Kostedt said his parents didn’t have the means to buy Christmas gifts.  His life was such that he was afraid of the police. “I always thought they were going to take me away from my family,” said Kostedt.  That changed in 1999 when he was selected along with dozens of disadvantaged children to participate in the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” holiday giving program.

“Jeff is an extraordinary example of how a community can work together to build trust and make a real difference in lives,” said Danny Miller, president of Farmington-based Total Electric.  It was Miller who first engaged the Electrical Connection to support “Shop with a Cop” in 1993.  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).

The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program is among the oldest and largest in the nation.  This years, it served more than 500 children.  Over the past 25 years, the St. Francois County program has been supported by donations from business and civic organizations, including more than $65,000 from the Electrical Connection.  The program pairs police with children to buy holiday gifts with donated funds.

“When Danny Miller brought the program to our attention 25 years ago, we never dreamed it would grow into this incredible act of kindness every year serving hundreds of children,” said Doug Martin, CEO St. Louis NECA. “’Shop with a Cop’ has been such a difference maker that can build trust in other communities.”

Last year, the Electrical Connection expanded its support, putting its partnership with Saint Louis FC to work with a fundraiser to support the St. Francois County program and reenergize the Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” program.  The fundraiser was held again this year.  The Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program was on December 13, 2017 at the Ferguson Community Center.  The Electrical Connection donated $5,000 each to the Ferguson and St. Francois County programs.

“Our electricians and communication technicians not only serve these communities, but live in them as well,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “They are committed to helping our neighbors in need year round.”

“We are grateful the Electrical Connection helped us again brighten the holidays for disadvantaged children in our community,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock echoed those sentiments.  “The Electrical Connection’s enduring commitment to our program has helped it grow into one of the largest in the nation,” said Bullock.

“Our Electrical Connection partnerships are more than just business development,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “We actively listen to our partners to help them find worthy civic engagements that align with their mission.  Such was the case with Saint Louis FC and ‘Shop with a Cop.’” The Electrical Connection was joined by Saint Louis FC at both “Shop with a Cop” events, distributing jerseys and soccer balls to the children.

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 Launches Campaign to Reduce Home Electrical Fires

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Electrical-Related Fires Increase in Winter Months; More Than 45,000 Home Electrical Fires Reported Annually According to 2017 Report

As the winter months approach, the Electrical Connection is raising awareness to reduce hazards of home electrical fires typically associated with colder weather.  Improper use of space heaters, extension cords, holiday lighting combine with overtaxed circuits to enhance the risk of electrical fire hazards over the winter months.  The Electrical Connection is providing safety tips to reduce those hazards in response to a national report earlier this year on electrical fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (see http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Electrical-and-consumer-electronics/Electrical).  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).

The NFPA report issued in March 2017 details an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report.

“People tend to stay indoors more in the winter months and sometimes misuse electrical devices, such as space heaters, extension cords and holiday lights, creating a potential fire hazard in their homes,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “We want to get ahead that by launching a public safety campaign.”

NFPA found that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 57 percent of the home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Fires involving heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment accounted for 19% of fires, nine percent involved kitchen and cooking equipment, and seven percent involved personal and household equipment.

“Our NECA contractors are frequently called to make electrical repairs to faulty installations that were perform by someone who didn’t have the skills to do the work,” noted Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “We emphasize building to National Electrical Code standards to avoid wiring hazards hidden behind walls of homes and businesses.”

NFPA reported that non-home fires resulted in 20 civilian deaths, 190 civilian injuries, and $659 million in direct property damage each year from 2010-2014.

Electrical Connection members 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 Safety Tips

Always make sure installations in your home or business conform to the standards of the National Electrical Code (NEC).  This requires a fully licensed electrical contractor.  The Electrical Connection has the largest data base of licensed electrical contractors in St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. It can be accessed by visiting www.electricalconnection.org.  Other safety tips to be aware of:

WARNING: While homeowners can visually inspect electrical systems, we do not recommend they attempt to fix or tinker with them in any way.  Leave that to a licensed professional.

  • Space Heaters/Electric Blankets — Never use an extension cord for an electrical heating appliance, such as a space heater or an electric blanket. The cord provided with the heating device is properly rated and should be connected directly to the electrical outlet. Inspect your space heater and discard it if it shows deterioration, particularly around the plug-in cord, or it lacks a functioning automatic shut off if tipped over.  Watch where you place the space heaters to keep it away from combustible materials.  Keep children away from space heaters.  Closely inspect electric blankets and heating pads and discard them if you note any potential fire hazard, such as discoloration due to overheating or exposed wiring.
  • Extension Cords — Never use an extension cord for an extended time as a permanent or temporary wiring solution. Extension cords aren’t made to be used for long periods of time and can result in electrical fires. When you are using an extension cord, always ensure that the plug has all three prongs. This ensures that your cord will stay properly grounded, which could prevent the cord from overloading. Any extension cords without the third prong should be discarded immediately.
  • Holiday Lights – Examine and discard lights with frayed wires. They are not only a fire hazard, but a shock hazard and are especially dangerous if they come in contact with a metal gutter and ladder while being installed outside. Use lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tested for safety and don’t exceed the strands of lights that can be connected as detailed on the product.  Pay attention to whether the lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use.  Consider using LED lights which last 20 times longer and don’t burn hot like traditional incandescent lights. Child-proof all holiday decorations. Lights can be fascinating to young children and if they get too curious can expose them to a live circuit.
  • Outlets — Don’t overload sockets with plugs that could start a fire. Any electrical outlets in your home that are near a water source—sinks, bathtubs, washing machines—require a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) according to the National Electrical Code. A GFCI is a fast-acting circuit breaker that shuts down your electricity as quickly as 1/40 of second after a fault occurs. If you’re missing a GFCI an electrical professional can easily install one for you.
  • Wiring — Visually inspect your home’s service panel and note any potential concerns. Contact a licensed professional if the panel is not firmly attached to the wall or wires are not neatly enclosed within their protective box or if deterioration is noted.  Also contact a licensed professional if you note wiring connection points are not capped with a wire connector and enclosed within an appropriate UL approved junction box.

Electrical Connection & Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Celebrate 10-Year Homebuilding Partnership

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Hundreds of St. Louis families are living the dream of homeownership thanks to an enduring partnership between the Electrical Connection and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.  For 10 consecutive years, the Electrical Connection has ensured that more than 180 Habitat homes have been wired safely by donating electrical services and materials for code-compliant installations.  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 Contractors Association.

“We are grateful to have had the support of the Electrical Connection for 10 consecutive years.  The Electrical Connection not only generously donates materials and services to safely wire Habitat for Humanity Homes, but it ensures the installations meet code requirements,” said Kimberly McKinney CEO, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.  “With the Electrical Connection’s assistance, we can continue the important work of providing affordable housing for hardworking low income families who deserve a safe and decent place to live.”

Over the past 10 years, the Electrical Connection donation has covered every aspect of electrical infrastructure and fixtures in Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis homes.  In total, it amounts to:

  • More than 360,000 feet of Romex wiring
  • More than 2,160 fixtures
  • More than 3,240 light switches
  • More than 7,200 receptacles

“Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is just one way we are committed to strengthening our home town,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “Our electricians and communication technicians understand that the vitality of our neighborhoods is energized by broadening opportunities for home ownership.”

St. Louis NECA Chapter CEO Doug Martin echoed those sentiments.  “NECA partners with the IBEW through the Electrical Connection to leverage our technical proficiencies where it can best help build stronger communities.”

Electrical Connection members 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.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis. For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

Photo Above: The Electrical Connection is celebrating 10 consecutive years of service wiring Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis homes.  Left to right are Habitat for Humanity Project Manager Kevin Rapp and Dave Roth and Ryan Dougherty, both with the Electrical Connection.

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