PEOPLE OF IRBY: DIRECTOR OF HR & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA LOTT

PEOPLE OF IRBY: DIRECTOR OF HR & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA LOTT

On Thursday, March 29, Irby rolled out the third video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.”

In this clip, Amanda Lott, Director of Human Resources and Employee Development brings viewers out of the field and into the corporate office for a look at why Irby feels like “home” to her and so many others. Take a look and this clip and learn why Amanda loves the work she does supporting the Irby family.

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. Amanda’s spotlight video is the third in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates and watch our website for more to come.

PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, BRANDON COX

PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, BRANDON COX

The second of our popular “People of Irby” video series rolled out March 19th. Watch this video short, to get a glimpse into the mindset with which Superintendent, Brandon Cox. (A.K.A. Hollywood) approaches his work. What “lights his fire” to use a few of his words.

Brandon’s story spotlights more than a day in the life on the job site. He touches on what his lifetime of work means to him and how he sees the work we do at Irby as a legacy.

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. Brandon Cox is the second of a series of spotlight videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates.

IRBY’S PARENT COMPANY ACQUIRES NORTHWEST LINEMAN COLLEGE

IRBY’S PARENT COMPANY ACQUIRES NORTHWEST LINEMAN COLLEGE

In January, Irby’s parent company, Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE:PWR) completed the acquisition of Northwest Lineman College (NLC). NLC is the electric power industry’s largest educational and training institution. It is also known as the leading resource for training across a lineman’s complete work life span, from apprenticeship to experienced lineman. NLC is based in Boise, Idaho and operates campuses in California, Florida, and Texas. The school trained approximately 5,600 people last year.

As part of the Quanta Services family of companies, Irby Construction is excited about the opportunities this acquisition presents our company for hiring skilled labor and meeting the demands presented by the industry.  Read more on the Quanta Services website and visit Northwest Lineman College for details on the program or becoming a lineman.

To check out the full press release, click here.

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In the Spotlight: Lineman, Colt Lindsey

In the Spotlight: Lineman, Colt Lindsey

Irby Construction Company has launched the first of their “People of Irby” series, which contains video snippets featuring members of the Irby family. Watch this video short for a glimpse at life on the line.

Colt Lindsey is an apprentice lineman. He shares his story about how he made his way to Irby and why, the role safety plays in his day, and what he likes most about working with Irby. As Colt points out in the piece, by working at Irby he works with the “best of the best.” The truth is, Colt is one of the best. That’s why we’re proud to put him in the spotlight and call him part of our Irby family.

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. Watch for more spotlight videos coming soon. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates.

IRBY’S TRADE SHOW SEASON IN FULL SWING

IRBY’S TRADE SHOW SEASON IN FULL SWING

Irby has had a busy couple of months making exhibit appearances and sponsoring several industry related conferences.

The kick-off event was Georgia Transmission Corporation’s 14th Annual Safety Awareness Program Conference where Irby attended and exhibited on January 29 and 30 at the Macon Marriott City Center in Macon, Georgia. This particular conference focused on Conscious Leadership, Safety Technology Advances, and Industrial Hygiene Hot Topics.

That same week, Irby was a premier sponsor of the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Annual Legislative Conference on January 31 and February 1 at The Hilton Hotel in Jackson. Mary Swoope, MEDC’s Executive Director, spoke to the focus of this year’s conference, “The conference was centered around coaching a growth mindset through leadership and advocacy skills.,” she said. “Ron Kitchens, CEO, Southwest Michigan First and Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership shared their leadership skills and trends in the economic development profession.”

Lastly, Irby team members attended TechAdvantage in Nashville on February 25-28 to experience the forefront of innovation and critical technologies that are transforming the world of engineering, information technology, energy services, operations, and supply management. This conference is attended by co-op decision makers and provides networking opportunities including dedicated expo which the Irby team used to get to know new contacts and their construction needs.

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Hurricane Irma Tests Irby Crews

Hurricane Irma Tests Irby Crews

As Irby Crews were wrapping up work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma made landfall as the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. On September 10 Irma’s winds reached 185 mph in Cuba. It was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005.

Less than one month after Harvey, but after that same amount of time on the job restoring power, Irby crews packed their bags and headed for Florida rather than home.

“We had several crews working on a lot of different types of jobs before Hurricane Irma hit, but once we knew that she would hit Florida, they all sprang into action,” Brent Croft, General Superintendent said. “We had crews down in Southern Florida before the hurricane even made landfall so that they could be ready to work immediately after it passed over them.”

Well over 300 of Irby Linemen performed storm work this hurricane season. Many of which worked the two major storms, back to back. With more than 114,000 collectively under their tool belts, Irby crews in conjunction with other restorations crews from across the country including those from our Quanta sister companies restored power in the midst of two national disasters.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma caused mass destruction to numerous regions in and surrounding the U.S. Together. According to estimates from Moody’s Analytic, damage and lost productivity has the potential to cost between $150 billion and $200 billion.

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