The Electric Current Blog
Near the end of 19th century a group of skilled electricians chartered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C. Since 1892, thousands of journeyman electricians have been trained by the union and have worked on countless projects around our region—from remodeling the White House in 1902 to rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
A project years in the making is nearing completion and members of IBEW, Local 26 have been a part of it from day one. In 2011, Dominion Energy began construction on a natural gas liquefaction project at its Cove Point LNG Terminal, located in Calvert County, MD. The facility, which has been serving as an import terminal for liquefied natural gas, will become bi-directional and able to both import and export LNG. Local 26 leaders aided its efforts in gaining approvals. After securing the required permits, construction officially got underway in October 2014. The project is on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.
Trust is important in any project, but especially for a major financial institution. That’s why a national bank turned to Electrical Alliance contractor, Cabling Systems, Inc. of Beltsville, Md., to rewire existing bank branches and perform complete renovation projects, including placing desktop computers and phones and installing new network switches, servers, routers, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and wireless controllers.
If you’re one of the many employers who requires the gold standard of BICSI certification, you’ll find the Electrical Alliance has exceptionally qualified workers. Many International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26 members are BISCI certified, thanks in part to free training offered by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Of the nearly 50 training courses that JATC offers each semester in the Washington, D.C., area, four are BICSI certifications.
When the professionals at US Communications & Electric, Inc. walk into the new casino at MGM National Harbor, they see more than the flashing lights and excited crowds ready to try their luck and skills. They see people walking through a large data center, above miles of low-voltage wiring, while knowing the hours of skilled, careful work that brought the entire facility to life.