Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry Visits Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch

Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry Visits Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch

United States Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor, Rick Perry visited Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch Friday, August 10. Following a greeting by Quanta CEO, Duke Austin and Quanta Founder, John Colson, Perry proceeded to the training center for further introductions and safety briefings. A tour of the training facility featured telecom, distribution facility, cable splicing and underground network facility, pipeline training, and testing facility, and the transmission facility.

Among other Quanta employees in attendance, Irby’s very own Andrew Hernandez was present for the tour and meeting Perry. Hernandez is a Northwest Lineman College graduate and an Irby Construction Apprentice Lineman. Irby is proud to have had the opportunity for Hernandez to represent Irby so well.

Distribution Spending Continues to Rise

Distribution Spending Continues to Rise

An article on the U.S. Energy Information Administration website reports that spending on electric distribution systems by U.S. electric utilities has increased more than 50% in the last 20 years. The estimated investment has risen from $31 billion to $51 billion annually. Electric distribution spending is impacted by the amount of electricity sold, the miles of electric distribution wire installed, and peak load. The article goes on to outline geographic areas and specific equipment installations where spending is growing fastest. Learn more at eia.gov.

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T&D World Features Northwest Lineman College

T&D World Features Northwest Lineman College

T&D World magazine featured a brief story on Quanta Services’ acquisition of Northwest Lineman College on July 10. The story covers the school’s mission to “recruit and train the next generation of linemen.” As a Quanta Services Company, Irby Construction is excited about the opportunity this acquisition presents for our collective workforce. Aaron Howell, CEO Of Northwest LInmean College says, “Our trade is America’s best-kept secret. Our jobs can’t be exported like in manufacturing, and we need linemen here in America.”

The story includes a slideshow tour of the college and directs readers to the 2018 Linemen Supplement for a more in-depth look at the history of NLC and its future plans with Quanta Services. The supplement will be mailed to magazine subscribers and posted online. It will also be available at the T&D World booth at the 2018 International Lineman’s Expo.

T&D World’s mission is to provide utility executives, managers, engineers, supervisors, operators and linemen with must-read information on the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric power-delivery system.

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PEOPLE OF IRBY: DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS & RECRUITING, GREG BERRY

PEOPLE OF IRBY: DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS & RECRUITING, GREG BERRY

On Monday, July 16, Irby rolled out the seventh video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Greg Berry, Irby’s Director of Special Projects and Recruiting talks about how meaningful it is to be a lineman, and the many reasons it’s something to be proud of.

Greg mentions how proud he is to see lines still standing that he helped build back in his Lineman days. Check out the full story to hear how the family atmosphere Irby has contributed tremendously to its success.

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. Greg’s spotlight video is the seventh in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook and YouTube for updates and watch the company website for more to come.

Texas is Hotter Than…

Texas is Hotter Than…

There are many creative ways to describe the summer heat in Texas. Central Texas had 100-degree days in May, breaking records before summer even officially began. In June, the heat wave continued and Texans can most certainly expect more of the same as the Summer swelters on in July. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, is ready to manage demand that peaks with summer temps and consumer air conditioning use. Learn more from this article and visit the ERCOT website for daily demand updates.

PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, CHRIS SWINDOLL

PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, CHRIS SWINDOLL

Last month Irby rolled out the sixth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Irby Superintendent, Chris Swindoll, discusses the importance of his relationships with his co-workers in both the field and at the corporate office.

Chris shares a little about his career experience at Irby and where he started 15 years ago. He is an example of how hard work and dedication can prove to be beneficial in a workplace like Irby. Click here to see more of what Chris has to say.

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. Chris’ spotlight video is the sixth in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook and YouTube for updates and watch the company website for more to come.