Irby Goes Underground with FPL

Irby Goes Underground with FPL

 

Just in time for the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, Florida Power and Light (FPL) is launching a pilot program in Sarasota working on an underground power grid. The initiative will help improve reliability in the event of a storm. Irby Construction is proud to be a part of this project. Look closely to see our crew at work in this news story.

 

Irby Superintendent named President of PCCA

Irby Superintendent named President of PCCA

Dave Aubrey with 2018 PCCA President Larry Pribyl.

Founded in 1945, the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) is the national trade association for companies constructing electric power facilities, including transmission and distribution lines and substations and telephone, fiber optic, and cable television systems.

Okay Construction has been affiliated with the PCCA since 1955 and have been heavily involved ever since. They have had employees serve as President of the organization for the years 1975, 1989, 2004, 2005, and most recently, 2019.

On Tuesday, March 12th, Dave Aubrey was officially named President of the PCCA for the 2019-2020 year. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Aubrey has already made strides as a member of the PCCA. On January 29th of this year, 30 PCCA members flew to Capitol Hill to express some industry concerns with lawmakers. They discussed dig-in reports, exemption from hours-of-service and electronic logging, to name a few.

The PCCA’s mid-year convention will be held in Park City, Utah in July.

Dave Aubrey began his career with Okay Construction Company in May of 1985. Shortly after Okay Construction was merged with Irby Construction Company in 2011, Aubrey was promoted from Foreman to Superintendent. We look forward to all that Aubrey will accomplish during his term. Congrats and good luck!

 

 

Irby CEO Lee Jones Honored by Mississippi Business Journal

Irby CEO Lee Jones Honored by Mississippi Business Journal

Friday, March 29 the Mississippi Business Journal will publish the Top CEO’s for 2019. Irby Construction is proud to have our President, Lee Jones, recognized for this honor. Lee was among several prominent recipients in this year’s class including Mississippi Power’s President, Anthony Wilson, and Atmos Energy Mississippi’s President, David Gates. Congratulations Lee!

As President of Irby Construction, Lee Jones drives the operations of the largest, nonunion, specialized contractor of electric power for Quanta Services. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Project Management at Quanta Services. In this position he oversaw the Project Management Office, providing key insight for the successful execution of major electric power transmission projects across Quanta’s 56 Operating Units.

Mr. Jones began his career at Irby in 2002. In 2008, Mr. Jones went on to work for another Quanta subsidiary, North Houston Pole Line, where he participated in the execution of several large electric power projects in the state of Texas. Mr. Jones worked his way up to Vice President at North Houston Pole Line participating in several important projects working directly with Quanta Services management and many of Quanta’s subsidiaries. In December of 2015, Quanta Services announced its appointment of Mr. Jones as President of Irby Construction Company which was effective on March 1, 2016.

 

 

Irby 2019  Superintendents’ Meeting

Irby 2019 Superintendents’ Meeting

The 2019 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting was held on February 27th and 28th at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. Irby President Lee Jones kicked off the meeting with a recap of 2018 and where we are headed this year. We heard from a range of speakers in all departments such as Operations, Safety, Accounting, and several more.

Quanta Services Senior Vice President Jody Shea spoke along with three other Quanta employees, Jack Dwyer, Amanda Miller, and David Flener.

Our guest speakers this year were Steve Davidow and Kevin Hariar from Quanta Subsurface. They gave great insight into engineering in the SouthEast and geotechnical data.

Following the meeting on Wednesday, Irby hosted a vendor fair where vendors set up booths and visited with other Irby employees. Thank you to Altec, TNT Crane & Rigging, Can-Fer, Scott Powerline, Yak Access, and Tyndale for your participation. Hope to see you all again next year.

We would also like to thank Scott Powerline for providing our meals during the meeting, and Yak Access for hosting our Social Hour on Wednesday night.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting. Looking forward to next year!

 

Duke Energy- Port St. Joe to Callaway 230kV Rebuild Project

Duke Energy- Port St. Joe to Callaway 230kV Rebuild Project

Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10th, 2018 near Mexico Beach, Florida. Duke Energy’s 230kV 34-mile PX line from Port St. Joe to Callaway was damaged beyond repair. On November 15th, Irby was awarded the job from Duke with three months to remove and rebuild the line. Our preconstruction meeting was held in Wildwood, FL, on November 19th and work officially began on December 3rd.

Rufus Killen led field operations over seven subcontractors: Aldridge Electric, A&J Steel, HeliService Powerline Solutions and FireHawk Helicopters, ROW Masters, Probst Electric, and Thomasson Company. Gerald and Tammy Westmoreland ran all office operations while still handling their other Irby job assignments. Working six days a week, 12 hours per day, we were able to beat the scheduled completion time with no injuries and no environmental incidents. At the busiest time of the project, we had 220 crew members consisting of wire/tower removal crews, four drilling crews, multiple framing/setting crews spread over four yards, three helicopters (one BlackHawk and 2-MD500s), wire crews, one eagle’s nest, two boats, and well over 10,000 mats. With all the devastation, logistics and housing was an issue, many crew members driving over an hour and a half each way to the line.

We are proud of a few milestones- Day 39: 328 holes drilled and bases set; Day 43: all pole tops framed and set; Day 64: grounds removed and line turned over to Duke. Probst Electric averaged pulling and clipping a mile of wire a day with the help of two helicopters.

Thanks to Duane Bennet, Harry Carbo, Tim Edwards, Rick Lindsey, and Larry Etter for coordination of subcontractor daily activities. Quanta Safety was instrumental in safety oversight and conducting On Board sessions for every crew member before entering the ROW. Thanks also to one crew from 2036 and Irby distribution crew for their help when we first arrived on site.

Please continue to remember those affected by this storm. The residents in Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach were so welcoming and have made great progress in 3 months, but it will be many months, if not years, before this area sees anything close to normal. Our hearts go out to them as they continue to rebuild.

 

LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI GRADUATION

LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI GRADUATION

Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,500 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics. Mississippi’s top business executives have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks.

Our very own Amanda Lott was one of the 54 graduates in the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2018! Congratulations to all who were honored at graduation on Friday, December 7, 2018, at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Looking forward, next year’s Irby representative is Operations Manager Amanda Cobb. Congrats Amanda! We know you will represent Irby well.