IBEW Local 82 Celebrates 100 Years
The International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 82 is celebrating their 100
year anniversary. On June 25th,
over 1000 members and friends gathered at the Dayton
Convention Center to pay accolades to all who have kept
Local 82 strong and growing over the years. Speakers
included Lonnie Stephenson, IBEW International President and
Ken Cooper, IBEW 4th District International Vice President.
The presence of
Local 82 is felt throughout the Miami Valley. Any large
industrial, government, educational or healthcare facility
was built with the help of the electricians and teledata
installers from IBEW Local 82. This includes: WPAFB,
Kettering Health Network, Premier Health, Meijer
Distribution Center, Reynolds and Reynolds, University of
Dayton, Greenville Ethanol Plant, Montgomery County Schools,
Schuster Performing Arts Center, and most recently Fuyao.
Since its inception, Local 82 members
have worked on an off the clock to better the Dayton
community. They have volunteered thousands of hours to make
a difference in the lives of their neighbors.
Graduates (from left): Cody Chafin, David Bruce,
Top Inside Wireman Michael South, Cody Lacy, Top Telecommunications
Technician Sara Hackney, James Meyers, Adam Trefz, Brandon Howard
and Thomas Ford.
On June 1, the Dayton, Ohio Area Electrical
Training Alliance held the Class of 2016 graduation banquet. Nine
apprentices moved up the ranks to Journeymen, eight Inside Wiremen
and one Teledata Technician, while their families applauded their
Training Director Mike
Gebhart kicked off the celebration with a few comments. "These
graduates are topping out in the 100
of IBEW Local 82. Their skills will contribute to the future growth
of our Local," said Mike.
Business Manager Greg Gust indicated that it
takes a lot of dedication and stamina to make it through five years
of training and education. He congratulated the class on their
Mike Evans, Executive Director of the Western
Ohio Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association thanked
the graduates for their commitment and also thanked the families for
their sacrifice. "There is a great demand for highly skilled
electricians." noted Mike. "Your career is yours to create. The JATC
built your foundation and I challenge each of you to make your mark.
Use your passion to lead and you will become unstoppable."