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IBEW Local 26 Member Spotlight: Steve Swaney

Fourth-Year Apprentice Steve Swaney is not quite like most of our Local 26 apprentices. At 51 years old, he finds himself a few decades older than most of his fellow apprentices in the program. While most people his age would be hesitant about returning back to school at this stage in their life, Steve is excited by the educational opportunities he has at his disposal and the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career.

A Helping Hand This Holiday Season

IBEW Local 26 was busy this December collecting food and charitable donations to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C. Collected donations totaled over $8,000 worth of food. Generous contributions were provided by IBEW Local 26, day and night school students of the JATC and holiday party donations from Local 26 members. Electrical Alliance contractor C3M Power Systems LLC contributed cash, as well as food donations; and, Perlectric., Inc, another Electrical Alliance contractor, donated Giant Food gift cards. IBEW Local 26 has held an annual holiday food drive since 2008.

Retired Executive Director of NECA’s DC Chapter Honored After 36 Years of Service to the Industry

The Electrical Alliance, the DC Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) are pleased to announce that Andy Porter, former Executive Director of the DC Chapter of NECA, was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Contracting at the 2018 NECA Convention, September 29 – October 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2018 Project Highlight: Power Solutions Completes Work for New S.T.E.M. School

This spring, a project two years in the making was completed, allowing a new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program near Leesburg, VA to open its doors to students for the 2018-19 school year. Electrical Alliance contractor, Power Solutions, installed all electrical services and metering; the power distribution system; all interior, emergency, exterior, and building facade lighting; and the fire alarm, grounding and lightning protection systems at The Academies of Loudoun.

Singleton Electric Powers Water Treatment Facility in Virginia

Singleton Electric Powers Water Treatment Facility in Virginia

Singleton Electric, an Electrical Alliance contractor, ran 100 miles of wire as part of its effort to power the new Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility in Loudoun County, VA. To meet the current and future demands of the region’s growing population, the state-of-the-art facility was designed to be expandable and the processes scalable. Achieving this goal required the contractor to install 650,000 feet of conduit, 9 motor control centers and 200,000 feet of fiber.

Spotlight on Big Build 2018

In conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 , The Electrical Alliance participated in Big Build 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Participate In The Next Community Service Project on November 17th

On, Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Local Union 26 Minority Coalition (LU26MC) held its 10th Community Service Project (CSP) in partnership with the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) at the Kenilworth Parkside neighborhood in northeast Washington, DC. 31 participants from apprentices to Journeypersons to retirees who gave of their time on a hot, humid, sunny Saturday morning to come out and restore much needed porch lighting for the residents of Parkside. This is the 10th project in the last five years, a cumulative 1,046 hours of volunteer work.