DENVER, Colorado — Six Colorado energy industry companies received national awards for excellence in electrical construction, safety, and industry achievement, reigning in a total of ten national awards at the 59th Annual IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) National Awards Gala, October 29, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, the IEC Rocky Mountain chapter was recognized as the IEC Chapter of the Year, Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year, and received a Membership award for reaching its annual growth goal. IECRM graduate Scott Sorensen with Eckstine Electric won 1st place in the national wire-off competition and received recognition as the IEC National Apprentice of the Year.
The awards were presented at the 59th Annual IEC National Convention (IEC Con), a conference and expo attended by several of the 51 IEC chapters located across the United States, and the hundreds of electrical contractors and energy industry companies that belong to each chapter. More than 25 IECRM members attended IEC CON this year, comprised of apprentices, electrical contractors, industry partners, and staff.
The awards and their recipients are as follows:
2016 IEC National Competition Winner and Apprentice of the Year: Scott Sorensen, Eckstine Electric, IEC Rocky Mountain
Chapter of the Year: IEC Rocky Mountain (90+ contractor members)
Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year: IEC Rocky Mountain
Membership Growth Goals: IEC Rocky Mountain
Industry Achievement Award: Southwire
Legacy Award: James Golly, Eaton
IEC-CNA Safety Award: IES Commercial – Denver
Excellence In Electrical Construction:
1st Electric Contractors (Lakewood, CO) – Kent Place Residences – RESIDENTIAL Multi-family, mid-rise buildings above three-stories
Bret’s Electric (Frederick, CO) – Value Plastics Manufacturing – INDUSTRIAL Contract amounts from $1,500,001 to $5,000,000
Weifield Group Contracting (Denver, CO) – Pepsi Center Lighting Upgrades – COMMERCIAL Contract amounts from $500,001 to $1,500,000
Weifield Group Contracting (Denver, CO) – Longmont Wastewater Treatment Plant – Gravity Thickener & Waste Digester – INDUSTRIAL Contract amounts to $1,500,000
“It was a big night for IECRM at the IEC National Convention Awards Gala. Congratulations to Scott Sorensen who won the National Wire-off competition and was named IEC National APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR! Scott is a 2016 IECRM graduate and works for Eckstine Electric.”
“Many of our local chapter industry partners are active at the national level — companies like Eaton, IDEAL, Thomas & Betts, Milwaukee Tool, Graybar, QED, and Siemens. National industry partner and local chapter member Southwire was recognized as Industry Partner of the Year, in part for their equipment donations which we received this year.”
“A big congrats to IECRM Training Director Paul Lingo for his vision to bring our IECRM skills challenge winners to the national conference, truly helping to grow awareness of the broader industry among our next generation electricians in attendance. Scott’s participation last year paid off to prepare him to take home the gold in the competition this year ,” said Marilyn Akers Stansbury, IECRM CEO.