Irby’s 2018 Superintendents Meeting is a Success

Irby’s 2018 Superintendents Meeting is a Success

The 2018 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting was held on May 23rd and 24th at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. Irby President Lee Jones kicked off the meeting with a recap of 2017 and where we are headed in 2018. We heard from a range of speakers in all departments such as Operations, Safety, Accounting, and several more.

Quanta Services Senior Vice President Jody Shea spoke along with three other Quanta employees, Jack Dwyer, Jeff Battles and Matt Mikeska.

Entergy’s Director of Transmission Project Management and Construction Dale Oliver spoke about the current Safety culture and why it is and always has been pertinent in this industry.

We also heard from special guest Bill Bosch, who serves as Florida Campus President at Northwest Lineman College. Bill gave us a great overview of the atmosphere at Northwest Lineman College campuses all over the country.

Following the meeting, we hosted a vendor fair where vendors set up booths and visited with other Irby employees. Thank you to Altec, Beyel, Northwest Lineman College, Longfellow Drilling, Red Wing Shoes, Scott Powerline, Yak Access, and Tyndale for your participation. Hope to see you all again next year.

We would also like to thank Scott Powerline for providing our meals during the meeting, and Yak Access for hosting our Social Hour on Wednesday night.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting. Looking forward to next year!

Hurricane Season Predictions

Hurricane Season Predictions

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Predication Center is forecasting an active hurricane season for 2018. Perhaps there is a new normal but according to existing data, the upcoming season will be near- or above-normal. The season begins June 1 and ends November 30. We will most likely see 10-15 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes. Irby crews will be keeping a close eye on the weather all season long. As always, Irby will be ready to mobilize for restoration efforts.  For more details on the predictions for this hurricane season, visit noaa.gov

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NEW TRANSMISSION AND GRID RESILIENCE

NEW TRANSMISSION AND GRID RESILIENCE

WIRES, an international non-profit trade association of investor-, publicly-, and cooperatively owned transmission providers, transmission customers, regional grid managers, and equipment and service companies published a story on May 9 applauding FERC’s proposal that ISOs and RTOs consider the resiliency of the grid in the face of new threats. The article cites details from a recently released report entitled, Recognizing the Role of Transmission in Electric System Resilience, issued by The Brattle Group. This report takes a close look at how new federal policies and investments in transmission will make the grid more resilient. Take a look at the WIRES story here and read the brattle report, here.

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AEP’S WIND CATCHER GETS A GREEN LIGHT

AEP’S WIND CATCHER GETS A GREEN LIGHT

The Arkansas Public Service Commission recently approved American Electric Power’s “Wind Catcher” project, a $4.5 billion project, taking the project another step closer to reality. The huge project is set to install 2,000 MW of wind turbines and a 350-mile power line that will carry energy to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The project will also include 800 2.5 MW wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. Power generated will be delivered to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Learn more about the project at Power Engineering.

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Company Milestones Remembered at Irbyconst.com

Company Milestones Remembered at Irbyconst.com

Irby Construction Company has a rich history that dates as far back as 1919. When the original electric grid was being constructed, Irby was integral. By the mid-1960s Irby had worked in 36 states and constructed more REA projects than any other contractor in the U.S.

Since then Irby teams have worked all over the world, had many innovative firsts, become part of a Fortune 500 company, and expanded its scope of services.

The company’s latest milestone is the roll out of a brand new company timeline that catalogs a few details of the company’s key accomplishments over the years. Visit irbyconst.com/history/ to learn more.

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PEOPLE OF IRBY: Apprentice, Juan Carlos del Toro

PEOPLE OF IRBY: Apprentice, Juan Carlos del Toro

On Thursday, April 13, Irby Construction rolled out the fourth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Juan Carlos del Toro, an apprentice lineman for Irby Construction Company shares what makes working at Irby great, from his point of view.

In addition to working outdoors and visiting a variety of new places (he has traveled to job sites in four different states so far), Juan Carlos has a lot of nice things to say about the guys he works within the field and the opportunities he sees ahead of him in his career at Irby. Get the full story straight from Juan Carlos. Take a look at the clip here.

Film crews visited Irby job sites from Texas to Florida, and a couple spots in between, to interview team members and gather footage of crews at work. Juan Carlos is the fourth in a series of employees who will be spotlighted in this video series rolling out throughout 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates and watch our website for more to come.