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HARD WORK


From boyhood, hard work has always provided me with gratification and fulfillment. Seeing the fruits of one’s labor is one of the most wonderful gifts of all. There is nothing that compares to seeing a task, a project or a dream realized. Give me a hurdle and I’ll clear it.

Thomas Edison famously said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Why all this talk about work… hard work? One word: COVID.

It looks like COVID-19 will linger, and its effect on the construction industry will linger longer. We may have to work a little harder to thrive through the next 12–18 months, but I think it can provide opportunity for the MPI team of doers.

I have got my overalls on and I am ready. Are you?  I know you are—let’s do this.

Danny


How to Create a Culture of Safety: Be Your Coworker’s Keeper


*This is a summary of a presentation by Kellie Worley, Branch 18, to the Executive Leadership Team

At MetroPower, we have many procedures, policies and initiatives designed to create a culture of safety for ourselves and our coworkers.

SAFETY – The quality of averting or not causing injury, danger or loss. <Read More>


Lagniappe Kateri Justice


Kateri Justice makes things happen. She has been with the company for 16 years, serving the last ten as the Executive Assistant to Jim Ditter, CEO of PPC Partners. Yet her service to the PPC family of companies, her community and her colleagues is recognized by everyone who has the pleasure of working with her.<Read More>


MetroPower Partners with DPR Construction and UGA for Practice Facility Expansion


MetroPower joins the DPR team at the University of Georgia (UGA) for the expansion and renovation of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on the Athens campus.

Phase 1 of the $80 million project is underway with 110,000 square feet of new construction that will include player locker rooms, a weight room, offices and meeting rooms. Phase 2 will tie the new construction to the existing building and add team meeting rooms, new coach and staff lockers, a players’ lounge and a dining room. The total project is 158,000 square feet.
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Field Supervisor’s Retreat to Focus on Protecting Our People


Despite the constraints of COVID-19, this year’s virtualretreat will continue to provide dynamic presentations and relevant information to our field supervisors as it has for the past six years. <Read More>


Project 2020: Path to Go Live


As the November 2 Go Live date comes into focus, we are working on four critical gates to prepare our companies for a successful launch.

In August, we tested the job rate management application that is used to process complex payroll. This confirms we can pay employees.

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CAN-DO ATTITUDE


As Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Covid-19 has shown the truth to this quote. None of us could have imagined how drastically our lives would change in a matter of days.

What hasn’t changed is the can-do attitude, the servant example, and the leadership example of MetroPower employees. We will emerge stronger, wiser, more appreciative, and better than ever before.

I want to thank all of our employees and their families for EVERYTHING that you are doing as we navigate this strange time in our life’s journey.

Danny


Staying Safe while Serving America during the COVID-19 Pandemic


At MetroPower, safety goes beyond holding ourselves accountable for maintaining the highest safety standards and safe working conditions. It’s also about taking care of everyone we interact with — on and off the job.

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, MetroPower has been taking the necessary precautions to protect our employees, our clients and business operations. This includes following CDC guidelines aimed at reducing the transition of COVID-19, such as proper and frequent handwashing, maintaining at least six feet of distance between people and staying home if you are sick. <Read More>


Serving Our Communities During COVID-19


As an essential service provider, MetroPower has continued to serve our clients and our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our branch in Albany—located near Georgia’s first “hot spot” for the virus—was proud to support Phoebe Putney on several projects related to the hospital’s COVID-19 response. <Read More>


Join the Women’s Resource Group


Are you looking for professional networking and educational opportunities? The PPC Women’s Resource Group is now accepting applications for membership! <Read More>


MetroPower Selected for Robins AFB Solar Farm Project


MetroPower and Elight were chosen by Southern Company and Signal Energy to install the electrical on a 176 MW solar project at Robins AFB. Branch 25 will assist in trenching and excavating, installing conduit, Medium Voltage Cable, Fiber Optics, and installation of the combiner boxes. The project is scheduled for completion in October, and up to 45 team members will be working onsite. <READ MORE>


Project Summit Proposes New Model for Industrial Market


At MetroPower, we’re always looking for ways to best meet the needs of our clients and deliver the highest quality service. It’s what Todd Stevens, Vice President of Industrial Construction, had in mind at the ABC Users Summit, where he learned that many industrial clients are consistently dissatisfied with the results of their capital projects due to a lack of quality, cost overruns and other factors. <READ MORE>


Feedback: The breakfast of Champions


I’ve always heard that feedback is the breakfast of champions. However, most people don’t like feedback and often ignore it. I believe feedback helps make us stronger and more capable of achieving success.

People who take the time to provide feedback do so because they want to help you improve and they support your goals. They want you to be your best. And they care about you. I encourage you to embrace feedback.  Take time to listen, process and decide how you will act on the feedback you receive.

If you benefit from feedback you receive, try offering someone else feedback for them to consider.

Danny



Behavior Based Safety Program Update: Working Together is Working!


Since implementing our company-wide Behavior Based Safety (BBS) program in June 2018, MetroPower has been able to identify and respond to unsafe behaviors — before they become accidents. We are grateful to our employees for this accomplishment, whose participation in the program demonstrates their commitment to each other and to creating the safest workplace possible. <Read More>


Lagniappe (LAN-YAP) David and Jennifer Moody


Problem solving isn’t just a part of David Moody’s work at MetroPower. When David and his wife Jennifer saw the need to help foster children in their Kennesaw, Georgia community, they did something about it.

As foster parents themselves, David and Jennifer have opened their home — and their hearts — to more than 80 children over the years.

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Florida Capitol Switchgear Replacement Project Update


Florida Capitol Switchgear Replacement Project Update MetroPower is performing our largest project for the State of Florida to date. Working in partnership with Childers Construction, the project involves replacing 15kV medium voltage switchgear that controls power to buildings in the state’s Capitol Complex in Tallahassee. <Read More>


2019: A Record Year for Charitable Giving


One of the core values of PPC Partners is the Power to Serve. We are proud to donate time and money to causes our employees care about through the PPC Foundation. In 2019, MetroPower donated more than $391,000 to 118 deserving charities. “Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated employees, we were able to have record giving again this year,” said Danny Gibson, President and COO for MetroPower. “Our goal is to give to organizations where our people have a passion and are involved.” <Read More>


2019: Field Supervisors Retreat Focuses on Goal-Setting and Collaborative Solutions


In November 2019, more than 60 MetroPower field supervisors gathered in Macon for two days of process improvement discussions and team building at the annual Field Supervisors Retreat. They attended workshops designed to help supervisors overcome obstacles that reduce efficiencies, compromise safety, drain valuable resources, and prevent projects from being completed on time and within budget. <Read More>


William Charles Scrimpsher


William Charles Scrimpsher 1967-2019 Will joined MetroPower in 1992 in Macon and spent most of his career overseeing projects at RAFB. He took great pride in his work, always understanding every detail, planning meticulously and committing to find a solution regardless of the task.    During his career with MetroPower, Will had a significant impact on our apprentice program serving as a mentor. He enjoyed teaching people and has left a legacy of the skills he taught so many of our employees.  Will exemplified MetroPower’s values and will be missed. 


Macy’s ATS Replacement Project a Success


When our teams are at their best, we do our best for our clients. That’s how MetroPower safely and successfully completed a 2000 Amp, 3 Phase, 480 Volt Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) replacement project at Macy’s Tech in Johns Creek, Georgia.  This project was critical because when utility power goes out due to unforeseen circumstances (typically weather), the ATS starts the backup generator (in this case, a 1.5 megawatt Cummins) and restores power to the building in a matter of seconds. <Read More>


Federal Division Grows Staff and Projects


Our Federal Division focuses on supporting the United States government and continues to grow with the addition of new team members and projects. Jeff Cohen is transitioning to a new role working with CarolinaPower and MetroPower’s federal groups in Columbus, Warner Robins, and the Florida Panhandle. Cohen will be procuring new work including design-build opportunities and training new engineers. <Read More>


Helping Students Discover the Power of Experiential Learning(LAN-YAP)


What happens when high school students are challenged to solve real-world problems, present complex solutions, and collaborate effectively? They discover their own power. In September, MetroPower hosted a 3DE by Junior Achievement case challenge event with Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA. The challenge theme, Collaborating and Building Teams, required groups of students to work together toward a common goal and participate in a business scenario in which teamwork would be essential for success. <Read More>


Lagniappe (LAN-YAP)


Troy and Serena DeLee Troy and Serena DeLee serve their community with the same dedication and hard work that they put into their work at MetroPower. One of the many organizations that he and his wife, Serena, support is the Friends of the Library in Macon.  <Read More>


ONLY YOU


The wildfires that burn across California cause thousands of acres of forest to be lost forever. People and property are in peril and many lost homes, businesses and some, even their life. <Read More>


4 months of pre-work. 18,000+ hours on an outage, Zero accidents.


MetroPower recently wrapped up a project that took a total of 18,020 hours on an outage, plus four months of pre-work. Staying steadfast on our safety goal, the project was completed with absolutely no one getting hurt. There were no surprises As you know, a big part of our dedication to safety is accident prevention – and this project showed that in action. <Read More>


Women’s Employee Resource Group


Are you interested in hearing more about Women in Construction? We’ve got it covered. The steering committee for the PPC Women’s Employee Resource Group has been working as a team from all business units with the objective to recruit, retain and develop the skills of women in our organization. Our goal is to create an engaging and welcoming environment for women in our workplace, and to provide professional networking and educational opportunities. <Read More>


MetroPower Hires Motivating Youth Foundation of Georgia Graduate


MetroPower strives to provide the education and support our employees need to achieve their goals. We found an obvious connection when we learned about the Motivating Youth Foundation of Georgia (MYF), a not for profit focused on building children into productive citizens through guidance, exposure and engaging academic activities which promote strength of character and higher education. In addition to building children into productive citizens, the organization is also a resource for adults seeking work opportunities in the Macon area. <Read More>


Raul Juarez, Journeyman Electrician


Raul Juarez is the electrical lead person for Shaw Industry’s 80 Position Extrusion Equipment and South Tower in Andalusia, Alabama. As an apprentice with South Georgia Technical College, Raul maintained a 4.0 GPA for four years while also working for MetroPower and graduated at the top of his class. <Read More>


First Coast Orthopedic Surgery Center in Jacksonville, FL


MetroPower branch 7 is making great strides in the healthcare industry, working with Robins & Morton on the First Coast Orthopedic Surgery Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Robins & Morton was ranked as the #2 contractor by Modern Healthcare 2019. <Read More>

LeMay Electric Joins MetroPower


In August, MetroPower completed an asset purchase of LeMay Electric, Inc. to support our long term strategy to grow the North Atlanta market. <Read More>


2019 Brings a Fresh Perspective on Safety

Our teams continue to stay a step ahead and remain conscience of our behaviors both in the field and in the office. As part of that effort, our company-wide Behavior Based Safety (BBS) program is designed to raise awareness and get every employee involved in our positive safety culture.  <Read More>


Learning for Life


In order to achieve operational excellence while continuously adapting to the speed of change, I encourage all employees to embrace lifelong learning. Education is a lifelong process that you have to take advantage of to be a stronger, smarter and more productive employee. And as a company, we must develop educational classes and curriculum to foster growth in the areas that you are interested. I am thrilled to hear you ask for ways to better your professional career and seek out opportunities to learn and mentor others. <Read More>


Backlog Positions Federal Division for a Successful Year


Our Federal Division focuses on supporting the United States government, including the Corp of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. We have almost $30 million in backlogged projects for 2019, and are actively establishing traveling teams to grow our workforce. <Read More>


Collaboration and Problem Solving are Key Benefits of Field Supervisors Retreat


More than 50 MetroPower field supervisors gathered in Macon for two-days of educational development, collaboration and team building at the fourth annual Field Supervisors Retreat. The retreat continued its focus on three key areas of improvement – people, process and technology – while also encouraging comradery, peer group development and knowledge sharing among attendees. <Read More>


MetroPower’s Proactive Approach Proves Successful for Chattahoochee Tech


MetroPower is back to school, working on the new technical science building at Chattahoochee Technical College Health Science Center in Marietta, Georgia. <Read More>


MetroPower & CarolinaPower Increase Charitable Giving in 2018


On October 12, sixteen CarolinaPower employees left Colombia, South Carolina, to assist MetroPower branches affected by the devastating Hurricane Michael. <Read More>


Lagniappe (LAN-YAP)


Tony Morris began his MetroPower career in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2001 as an electrician’s helper. His work ethic and commitment to safety helped him quickly advance to a leadperson role and subsequently serve as the CarolinaPower Safety Council representative. <Read More>


CarolinaPower Helps MetroPower Recover from Hurricane Michael


On October 12, sixteen CarolinaPower employees left Colombia, South Carolina, to assist MetroPower branches affected by the devastating Hurricane Michael. <Read More>


Introducing Pat Topping


The 2,000 Day Milestone How do you go more than 2,000 days without a recordable incident?  If you ask CarolinaPower, it’s by making safety the number one goal by staying a step ahead and preventing accidents before they happen. “Achieving the 2,000 day milestone is inspirational, and it’s proof that a proactive approach to safety is effective,” and said Troy DeLee, Safety Director.   “They are determined to keep the positive momentum going.” <Read More>


Project 2020 Update


n November, the PPC Executive Leadership Team presented the Project 2020 cost-benefit analysis to the PPC Board of Directors and received approval to move forward. The Project 2020 core team, which includes Andy Bell, Kayanne Blackwell Carla Buske, Rae (Smith) Forrest will vacate their current roles within the businesses to be 100% focused on Project 2020 by January 2019. Rod Hampton will be the project manager. <Read More>


We finished the Year Safe and Strong


As always, in 2018 we were laser-focused on keeping safety our top priority and proactively stopping accidents before they happen.  The Safety Council was hard at work all year, looking at creative and practical ways to take our industry-leading safety program to the next level.  Major new initiatives this year included: <Read More>


MetroPower Hires VP of Industrial Construction, Expands Management in Atlanta


Our company is constantly striving to exceed our goals by delivering the highest quality product from the most dedicated team of professionals. Recently, four new members joined our management team: Todd Stevens, Vice President of Industrial Construction, David Moody, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager, Lem Mathis, Senior Project Manager and Joe Carney, Project Manager. “Our people are our most valuable asset, and I’m excited to welcome these four leaders to our team,” said Danny Gibson, President and COO of MetroPower. “They each bring a unique skill set that will help achieve our goals while contributing to our company’s commitment to lead, mentor and serve.” <Read More>


Celebrating Safety and Staying a Step Ahead


The 2,000 Day Milestone How do you go more than 2,000 days without a recordable incident?  If you ask CarolinaPower, it’s by making safety the number one goal by staying a step ahead and preventing accidents before they happen. “Achieving the 2,000 day milestone is inspirational, and it’s proof that a proactive approach to safety is effective,” and said Troy DeLee, Safety Director.   “They are determined to keep the positive momentum going.” <Read More>


Lagniappe: Tripp Watson


Tripp Watson is the Leadperson responsible for all field forces including safety, coordination, training, labor budget and material usage. Tripp was recently recognized by a client for his outstanding work on the Training Barracks Renovation project in Ft. Benning, GA.  The client specifically applauded his work managing the schedule, the quality of work provided and his diligent and proactive approach to safety. <Read More>


Wastewater Project Now Underway in Macon, Georgia


MetroPower recently started a wastewater project in Macon, Georgia that includes significant renovations, upgrades and repairs.  Starting in September, Branch 4 will tackle the 22-month project, spread throughout the Lower Poplar and Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facilities.  While both wastewater treatment plants recently received industry awards for 100% permit compliance, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) is making capital improvements at these facilities to enhance the wastewater treatment services provided to MWA sewer customers.   <Read More>


MetroPower Thrives on Healthcare Projects in Central Georgia


MetroPower is currently working on multiple projects in middle Georgia, serving our valuable clients in the healthcare industry. Projects include: The Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital Navicent Health, a 5-story 183,000 square foot children’s hospital with NICU.  Located in Macon, Georgia, it is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in central and south Georgia. MetroPower has approximately 30 people on site for the new construction and renovation project, which includes power distribution, new generators and modifications of existing generators, lighting, nurse call, fire alarm, paging, security, telemetry, voice and data.   <Read More>


Strong Relationship Helps Secure Multi-year Contract in Industrial Market.


Shaw Industries is performing one of the largest single projects in its history at Plant 65, a textile facility located in Andalusia, AL. Thanks to the performance of our crews and our 20 year relationship with Shaw, MetroPower was awarded a multi-year contract to complete the mechanical and electrical installation at the plant.  <Read More>


Lagniappe: Tony Varamo


As Workforce Manager, Tony is often the first point of contact for those considering a career with MetroPower. And for many, he’s the reason they choose to join our company.  <Read More>


Introducing Our New Behavior – Based Safety Program


As part of our commitment to staying a step ahead and preventing accidents before they happen, MetroPower is rolling out an innovative Behavior Based Safety (BBS) initiative.  The new company-wide program will require 100% participation from every employee, from the top down and bottom up, and is designed to take our ownership and awareness of safety to the next level.    <Read More>