As we look ahead to the exciting projects we have on the horizon for 2023, we must also appreciate and reflect on the prosperous year we had while celebrating our 30th year in business. 2022 was a whirlwind but we are grateful to our partners in this industry and the relationships that we have built and continue to foster. This year alone we completed close to 100 projects within the New England area. These projects included a variety of sports field lighting projects, medium voltage solar work and our regularly serviced customers. We could not do it without our hardworking electricians, line crew, drill team as well as project managers and office staff. Wishing everyone a happy and busy year ahead!
On June 24th, we came together as a company to collaborate, learn, ask questions and celebrate Island Lighting and Power Systems turning 30 years old! It is rare that we can all gather together with the busy schedule and the majority of employees being in the field most days. This year in particular was a special meeting, as it is our 30th anniversary in business. We took a quick trip down memory lane and looked at where ILP started and how it has grown to a highly successful, family business. Even though our owner, Jim O’Neil hates the spotlight, we did of course take the time to congratulate and celebrate the incredible dedication and hard work that he has put into building this company. He truly built it from the ground up and his leadership, honesty and dedication has made ILP what it is today.
We welcomed several guests that provided new content to the group. We had Karl Bertelmann, from B&B Construction and Safety group. He demonstrated best practices for fall safety and protection as well as providing fall equipment to try on. Russell Carlson, from Milwaukee Tools set up a table with some of the latest and greatest tools for the field for everyone to try out. Redwing shoes stopped by with their Mobile Boot van to assist the guys in selecting new work boots, which is always a big hit! At the end of the meeting we had the Kona Ice truck (another small business) from Cumberland, stopped by to cool everyone off before saying goodbye for the day. We really look forward to this event every year to build relationships and strengthen communication, so it will definitely be a yearly tradition going forward.
We were recently accepted as a member of NEPPA (New England Public Power Association). The primary goal of NEPPA is “to develop and unite public utility professionals by advancing their knowledge, capabilities, and voice in the public power industry and workplace. ” We are very excited that two of our employees were accepted into the 4 year Lineworker program. It is a curriculum developed and taught by the Northwest Lineman College’s certification program. It combines hands on training and formal classroom instruction spread out over 4 years. Along with our membership we have access to a variety of in person or virtual training sessions. We are looking forward to a collaborative relationship with NEPPA going forward.
As we look ahead to our 30th year in business, we are grateful for the partnerships we have made over the years as well as the new relationships that we have forged this year. Here is a recap of several of our largest projects in 2021. This past year was certainly filled with many ups and downs given the ever present Covid-19 health crisis, but as a company we were able to overcome them and have a successful 2021. We are thankful to all of our talented staff and crew, we couldn’t do it without them. Cheers to a busy and prosperous 2022 for all!