The Case for Underground Distribution

The Case for Underground Distribution

The Case for Underground Distribution

The intense heat waves of summer 2022 are further exposing the poor integrity of America’s current power grid.

Utility Dive recently published an insightful article that supports the case for transferring distribution lines underground, as places like Texas are awaiting the impending doom of possible grid outages.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency reports that 62% of all power lines in the country are overhead, and that power outages are 9 times more likely to occur when lines are conducted overhead.

In regards to worker and civilian safety, power line reliability, and resilience, Underground presents many benefits.

Learn more about strategic under-grounding and its background at the article here.

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Irby Attends The Future of Energy Panel Discussion at Jackson State University

Irby Attends The Future of Energy Panel Discussion at Jackson State University

Irby Attends The Future of Energy Panel Discussion at Jackson State University

Better, more sustainable energy for our community and the world is always a great topic for Irby Construction to listen in on and be a part of.

That is exactly what Andre Foster, Irby’s VP of Business Development & Major Projects, did recently when he attended a panel discussion on The Future of Energy hosted by Jackson State University’s Department of Urban & Regional Planning in the College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

The night before the panel discussion, Irby sponsored a dinner for more than 20 guests and members of the panel which included key leaders from Corporate Environmental Risk Management (CERM), Covanta, Entergy and Mississippi Power.

Irby is proud to participate in Energy events like these within the community, and you can learn more about the panel discussion here.

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Irby Employees Participate in Mississippi Blood Services Drive

Irby Employees Participate in Mississippi Blood Services Drive

Irby Employees Participate in Mississippi Blood Services Drive

Mississippi Blood Services was on location recently at Irby’s corporate headquarters in Richland where 25 employees donated blood.

“We registered 25 and drew 27 units,” said Dana Brohaugh, marketing representative with Mississippi BloodServices. “Because of Irby’s generous employees, Mississippi Blood Services will be able to help over 80 Mississippi patients receive the life-saving gift of blood!”

Thank you Irby employees for your community and giving spirit!

#IrbyEmployeesGive #Give1Save3

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Irby Construction Company featured in ADSC Magazine

Irby Construction Company featured in ADSC Magazine

Irby Construction Company featured in ADSC Magazine

In this month’s issue of ADSC Magazine, Irby Construction partnered with Quanta sister company, Crux Subsurface, to tell the story of how we implemented a quality management program to build trust and win work with key clients. Together, we created real-time technology and clear accountability to change the game, and deliver on our promise of performance!

The article, titled Changing the Game with Effective Quality Management: How Process and Accountability Translate to Performance, chronicles the challenges overcome in phases of a 500kV line rebuild project with Florida Power & Light.

Click here to read the full article.

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Irby Construction Company Participates in Youth Safety Event

Irby Construction Company Participates in Youth Safety Event

Irby Construction Company Participates in Youth Safety Event

Families and volunteers gathered for the first Citrus County 4-H Progressive Agriculture Safety event earlier this month and Irby Construction Company employee Brian Thomas was on hand to teach participants about electrical safety.

Irby is proud to share our “tools of the trade” with this special audience. Each year, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days© educates thousands of kids across the United States and Canada with potentially life-saving information.

Participants rotated through educational stations to learn about safety and health with hands-on activities. in addition to Irby’s participation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office taught safety on the water with whistles, sharing a water plan, and avoiding swimming alone. A full story about the event was featured on NatureCoaster.com  

The event was sponsored by the Citrus County 4-H Foundation, Ag-Pro of Crystal River, State Farm-David Rom, Florida Best Blueberries, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Florida Department of Health in Citrus County, and Hernando-Citrus Farm Bureau.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), injuries are the major cause of childhood emergency department and hospital visits. Often, these childhood injuries are preventable. Safety education and awareness are keys to prevention.

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National Linemen Appreciation Day 2022

National Linemen Appreciation Day 2022

National Linemen Appreciation Day 2022

April 18th is a special day in the construction industry: National Linemen Appreciation Day. This nationally recognized holiday honors linemen all over America for their hard work, bravery, and commitment to safety in all that they do.

This year, Irby encouraged everyone to #lookuptolinemen not only as they work on towering electrical lines, but also as individuals. We are so grateful for linemen here at Irby, whether that be for their grit, determination, or character. Linemen are such an important part of the Irby family, and they truly make the world go ‘round!

Pictured above are our lineman with their National Lineman Appreciation Day Gifts. We distributed gifts to all linemen on the field, featured them on social media throughout the day, and thanked them on our online guestbook here. 

“We appreciate Irby linemen every day of the year” said Andre Foster, Vice President of Business Development and Major Projects. “On National Lineman Appreciation Day we work to make sure all linemen feel honored.”

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