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CarolinaPower Recognized as a Best Place to Work in South Carolina

August 3, 2018 — CarolinaPower was honored as one of South Carolina’s Best Places to Work by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce at an awards dinner and reception on August 2, 2018. One of just 75 companies from across the state to be recognized, CarolinaPower is the only specialty contractor to make this year’s list in either of the program’s categories – Large Employers and Small/Medium Employers. CarolinaPower ranked in the Top 20 in the Large Employer category (250 of more U.S. employees).

“This was our first year to be recognized as a Best Places to Work and I am so proud of this achievement. I believe this accomplishment is a direct result of our employees reflecting the values of our firm – the power to serve, the pursuit of excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said CarolinaPower Vice President and General Manager Chris Moore.

Carolina Power is a leading employee-owned electrical contractor serving industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in the two-state Carolinas region. The company has four offices in South Carolina and a field force that exceeds 100 crew members.

View the complete list of the companies honored along with their rankings as Best Places to Work. Additional details can be found in the August 2018 issue of SCBIZ magazine.

About Best Places to Work in South Carolina — The 13th annual Best Places to Work awards banquet, presented by Colonial Life, was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Best Places to Work in South Carolina awards program, created by SC Biz News in partnership with the state Chamber and Best Companies Group, was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses.

About CarolinaPower — Headquartered in Greer, S.C., CarolinaPower serves industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in South Carolina and North Carolina. CarolinaPower was established nearly 20 years ago as part of Ga.-based MetroPower, Inc. Now a division of its own within the PPC Partners family, CarolinaPower has a total of four offices in South Carolina — Greenville, Charleston, Columbia and North Augusta — with plans for opening additional offices in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.carolinapower.com/

 


CarolinaPower Co-Hosts Summer Program to Give Teens Hands-On Introduction to Construction Trades

July 23, 2018 – CarolinaPower and Brasfield & Gorrie are co-hosting and sponsoring three one-day construction experiences for middle-and-high school age kids this summer in Greenville, S.C.  The purpose of these experiential learning events, made possible by the Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE), is to introduce highly-motivated teens to the construction industry and the opportunities that await them. The events were held on June 20 and July 16. The third is scheduled for August 1. Twenty students participate per event.

Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE) is a non-profit summer program through which teens have day-in-the-life experiences in inspirational careers, including science, engineering, music, journalism, medicine, and construction.

CarolinaPower Vice President and General Manager Chris Moore says the company’s involvement in the Ben Franklin Experience has far exceeded all expectations. “We at CarolinaPower are proud to be part of the construction industry – an industry that enhances the lives of our employees and the communities in which we operate. When given the opportunity to tell that story, we were excited to do it. While I knew the students would find it rewarding to install a product at an actual construction site that would be visible to the public, what I did not anticipate was the level of joy the volunteer professionals and craftsmen would experience from sharing their passion for their craft with the students.”

What’s the Benjamin Franklin Construction Experience all about?

In the morning, students fabricate lighting fixtures in CarolinaPower’s warehouse in Greer, S.C., then head to a Brasfield & Gorrie jobsite in downtown Greenville where the students install the parking garage lighting fixtures they fabricated.

“By all measures, these all-day experiences have been a success. After the first experience alone, students who would have never considered a career in construction were seeking enrollment in our apprenticeship program.  And seasoned craftspeople expressed excitement about the future of our industry after seeing the young talent eager to join our team,” said Moore.

Learn more about the day’s activities and all the other construction companies and suppliers that donated time and materials by reading the full press release issued by The Benjamin Franklin Experience.

 


CarolinaPower’s North Augusta Team Mentors Skilled Trades Students, Donates Time and Materials

July 12, 2018 – CarolinaPower’s North Augusta, S.C., office epitomizes the company’s service-oriented nature. While serving as judges and mentors in a local AGC of Georgia Skills competition this past spring, CarolinaPower’s Tom Darst, and Clint Maxwell got to know one of the instructors, Jim Borum – a construction skilled trades teacher at Jefferson County High School near Augusta, Ga. Through their conversations with Borum, they soon discovered that the vocational program operated on a low budget and could use some assistance from the local construction community.

CarolinaPower arranged a visit to Jefferson County High School where Clint Maxwell, Tom Darst and Tony Veramo gave Borum’s construction students some first-hand insight into the electrical trade. Among the things they talked about were apprenticeship opportunities available through CarolinaPower.

“We actually identified several apprentice candidates from Jefferson County High School’s skilled trades class. One of them ended up joining the CarolinaPower team three weeks ago,” said Darst. “Our four-year apprenticeship program involves assisting crews on projects during the day and attending classes in the evening. It’s an intense program, but extremely rewarding.”

When Maxwell and Darst learned of an upcoming hands-on project for the electrical trade students, they were quick to offer CarolinaPower’s help. The assignment was to add power to their school’s girls softball dugouts – home and visitor – as well as power to the pitching mound. They were also tasked with adding air conditioning and fans to the two dugouts. CarolinaPower responded by donating labor to work alongside the kids as mentors. The company also provided the students with materials — fans, switches and receptacles.

“It is so important that we introduce kids to the world of construction at a young age while they are still forming their own opinions about what path they may want to take after high school. There is a bright future in construction… full of opportunities… and we want to make sure that today’s students are aware of the career options available in the trades. For many, all it takes to spark interest in construction is giving them the chance to work with their hands,” said Darst.

Jefferson High School’s construction teacher Jim Borum, who is also the school’s softball head coach, was extremely pleased with CarolinaPower’s Career Day visit and presentation. He was especially impressed with the way Darst and Maxwell related with the students – how they showed keen interest in the students’ projects and physically helped them with the dugout construction.

“These gentlemen were a godsend… they really bought into what we are trying to accomplish here at Jefferson County High School.  They not only talked the talk, they walked the walk.  The students were blown away by the genuine concern CarolinaPower demonstrated for them and our school.”
—  Jim Borum, construction teacher and softball head coach, Jefferson County High School

Borum was quick to point out that many trades people have come and talked with his construction students over the years, but none have put the time and energy into the program like CarolinaPower. “We are a Title I school, mostly consisting of high poverty and minority students. It is very rare to have people come in and work so closely and personally with the students.  I recognized the uniqueness of CarolinaPower’s interest from my first conversations with both Tom and Clint,” said Borum.

Elaborating on this point, Borum noted, “The students, as you can understand, have a wait and see attitude. Early on, however, they knew these gentlemen meant what they said and saw how they over-delivered on their rhetoric. By the end, the students had fully bought in and expressed their desire to seek more electrical training in the classroom.”

“I want to personally thank Clint and Tom for all they have done for us at JCHS. We really appreciate the time, personal instruction and abundant resources that these two gentlemen provided for us,” said Borum.

 


CarolinaPower Promotes Behavior-Based Safety, Celebrates Impressive Safety Milestone

June 22, 2018 – Like our parent company, PPC Partners, NOTHING is more important to CarolinaPower than the safety of our employees and those of our clients. Last week, CarolinaPower teams across South Carolina participated in safety stand-downs at select jobsites as part of a coordinated effort with our sister companies in other states. CarolinaPower used these gatherings to formally acknowledge and celebrate a major safety milestone achieved by our crews in April of this year – 2,000 days without a recordable incident.


CarolinaPower Named to Prestigious List of Best Places to Work in South Carolina

June 18, 2018 — CarolinaPower, a leading employee-owned electrical contractor serving industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in the two-state Carolinas region, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina – a prestigious list of 75 companies announced last week. CarolinaPower has four offices in South Carolina and a field force that exceeds 100 crew members.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Best Places to Work in South Carolina survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

“Many of us who have been with the company for a long time already knew that CarolinaPower is one of the best places to work; however, receiving this public recognition adds new meaning. From a leadership perspective, this honor clearly shows the dedication of our employees to the company, our clients and our industry,” said CarolinaPower Vice President and General Manager Chris Moore.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies will be recognized at a reception and dinner, presented by Colonial Life, on August 2, 2018, and the rankings will be published in the August 2018 issue of SCBIZ magazine.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkSC.com.

About CarolinaPower — Headquartered in Greer, S.C., CarolinaPower serves industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in South Carolina and North Carolina. CarolinaPower was established nearly 20 years ago as part of Ga.-based MetroPower, Inc. Now a division of its own within the PPC Partners family, CarolinaPower has a total of four offices in South Carolina — Greenville, Charleston, Columbia and North Augusta — with plans for opening additional offices in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.carolinapower.com/



CarolinaPower Wins National Excellence in Construction Award for Electrical Component of Clemson University’s Allen N. Reeves Football Operations Center

CarolinaPower Wins “Best in Class” Eagle Award at ABC’s Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA

 

March 29, 2018 — CarolinaPower, a leading Carolinas-based electrical contractor with four offices in South Carolina, was recognized nationally by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for its exemplary performance as electrical contractor for Clemson University’s Allen N. Reeves Football Operations Center. CarolinaPower won ABC’s Eagle Award – the highest-level award – in the category, Specialty Contracting/Electrical, $2-$10 million. The award was presented at ABC’s 27th annual Excellence in Construction (EIC) gala in Long Beach, California, on March 21, 2018.

CarolinaPower qualified for ABC’s national competition by winning an Eagle Award at the ABC Carolinas chapter level last November. CarolinaPower was also a finalist for 2017 Carolinas Project of the Year.

Chris Moore, Carolina Power Vice President and General Manager, said, “It has been a great honor for us to be recognized nationally, regionally and locally for our part in the construction of Clemson’s world-class football operations complex,” said Moore. “One thing that sets this project apart is the fact that it was in the national spotlight during construction. As the Clemson Tigers continued to win games in the 2016 season, project attention increased significantly. This put even more pressure on our team to meet what was already a tight schedule.”

Clemson alumnus Travis Oswald served as CarolinaPower’s project executive. “Winning this national award is extra special for me as a graduate of Clemson’s Electrical Engineering (EE) and Business Administration (MBA) programs. On behalf of CarolinaPower, I want to thank Clemson University, DPR-Sherman – the general contractor, and RMF Engineering – the electrical engineer, for giving us the opportunity to be part of an amazing construction team on this incredible project. Go Tigers!,” said Oswald.

National winners were selected from hundreds of entries submitted from across the country. They were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. A panel of industry experts served as judges.

“The skill and expertise of our craftsmen are evident to all who visit the completed facility,” said Moore. “Winning an award like this instills a feeling of pride and purpose among employees company-wide.”

About the Project— Clemson University’s new Allen N. Reeves Football Complex opened early last year (2017) in time to accommodate National Signing Day on February 1. Designed to support the day-to-day activities of players, coaches and staff, the $55 million complex houses a state-of-the-art dining facility, position meeting rooms, team meeting room, coaches’ offices, video editing area, and a sports medicine area that includes four hydrotherapy pools and an x-ray room. Facility highlights include the largest football-only weight room in the country, a best-in-class players’ locker room, and a players’ lounge equipped with pool tables, ping pong tables, and a two-lane bowling alley. Outdoor amenities support activities such as putt-putt golf, basketball, wiffle ball, and volleyball. The project is pending LEED Silver certification.

About CarolinaPower —Headquartered in Greer, S.C., CarolinaPower serves industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in South Carolina and North Carolina. CarolinaPower was established nearly 20 years ago as part of Ga.-based MetroPower, Inc. Now a division of its own within the PPC Partners family, CarolinaPower has a total of four offices in South Carolina — Greenville, Charleston, Columbia and North Augusta — with plans for opening additional offices in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.carolinapower.com/.

 



CarolinaPower’s Chris Moore Promoted to Vice President & General Manager

March 23, 2018 — Chris Moore has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of CarolinaPower, a leading employee-owned electrical contractor serving industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in the two-state Carolinas region. Moore has been with CarolinaPower since it was established in 1999. In his previous role of Operations Manager, Moore was instrumental in CarolinaPower’s steady growth over the past 10 years. Today the company has four offices and a field force that exceeds 100 crew members.

Moore is a strong advocate for workforce development, partnering with industry associations and public schools to promote construction trades as a viable career option. He serves on industry advisory boards at Greenville Technical College and Clemson University, sits on the board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC), and is chairman for the South Carolina Upstate Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship program.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, Moore began his career with CarolinaPower’s sister company, MetroPower, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional credentials include Master Electrical License (South Carolina and North Carolina).