Irby Construction Company Year in Review: 2022

Irby Construction Company Year in Review: 2022

Irby Construction Company Year in Review: 2022

As we enter into a new year filled with possibilities, here is a glimpse of some of the bright spots from 2022.

Jason Clayton Named President
In January, Jason Clayton was promoted from Vice President of Operations to President of Irby Construction Company. Jason started working for Irby in 2013 as Director of Risk Management and Corporate Counsel. In 2018, he moved into Operations where he led distribution, transmission, and Legend Foundation Services. It has been a great year for Irby under Jason’s leadership, and we are excited for another successful year. 

Irby Ranked #16 in Mississippi 100 List
In February, the Mississippi Business Journal named Irby Construction #16 among the top 100 Mississippi companies based on total sales revenue. Irby has been steadily moving up the ranks in recent years. We are honored to be recognized! 

Irby Expanded into Battery Energy Storage in Texas and Florida
Irby is proud to diversify its service offerings, and in 2022, we took a major interest in Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS). As the utility construction industry is heading toward more sustainable sources of energy, Irby began and completed construction on multiple BESS projects in both Texas and Florida last year. We are looking forward to expanding this line of service. 

Lineman Appreciation Day Celebrated
April 18 is a special day in the construction industry: It’s National Lineman Appreciation Day. This nationally recognized day honors linemen all over America for their hard work, bravery, and commitment to safety. Last year, Irby encouraged everyone to #lookuptolinemen not only as they work on towering power lines, but also as individuals. We distributed gifts to all linemen in the field, featured them on social media throughout the day, and thanked them on our online guestbook here.

Irby Leaders Gathered for Annual Superintendent’s Meeting
Irby hosted its annual Superintendents’ Meeting on August 12-13 in Biloxi, MS, where more than 120 leaders from across the organization attended. The theme for the meeting was “Leading Change. Reaching New Heights.” Project management and safety were big topics at the meeting and are significant focus areas for the new year. Click here to read more.

Irby Oklahoma Crews Receive Recognition from AEP
Irby Oklahoma crews on Jobs 2806, 2833, and 3075 received recognition, an award, and qualification into the Zero Harm Safety Club from our customer, American Electric Power (AEP). To earn this recognition, Irby crews completed more than 69,000 consecutive hours without an OSHA recordable incident. We are proud of our crews for keeping safety top of mind in all they do. 

Irby Completed River Crossing Restoration Project
Entergy New Orleans contracted with Irby to manage the emergency storm restoration project after Hurricane Ida damaged a 475-foot lattice transmission tower in the Harahan-Avondale area of Louisiana. With the fallen tower’s conductor lines landing in the Mississippi River, removal was a national priority. Irby is proud to have been a part of this project. Read more and watch related videos here

Entergy Recognized Irby as Premier Vendor
Entergy, a longtime customer of Irby, recognized Irby as its Premier Vendor in Customer Centricity. Our strong safety culture and quality construction along with our management and coordinated efforts on the Harahan-Avondale river crossing project earned us this prestigious award. We look forward to many more successful projects with Entergy for years to come. Watch the Premier Vendor Award video here

Hurricane Ian Storm Response
Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Irby crews began to assemble well before the storm and initially assigned more than 600 linemen across the state of Florida to join in assisting power restoration efforts. Irby’s efforts were featured in ADSC Magazine in an article titled “The Power to Make a Difference.” Read the article here.

Irby Chosen as a Finalist for Quanta Services Innovation Award
Quanta recently selected Irby as one of four finalists for its annual CEO Innovation & Entrepreneurial Award which showcases the brightest ideas and business innovations/systems throughout its organization. Two winners will be chosen at Quanta’s Presidents Meeting in late January. Irby was selected for its development of a Lineman Calculator, which is a collaborative effort between Irby’s technology, safety, and operations teams. Read more here.

Community Spirit throughout the Year
In true Irby fashion, employees gave back to the communities in which they live and work throughout the year. In 2022, we participated in the Richland Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Pink Day for breast cancer awareness, blood drives, high school career fairs, youth safety events, and more. We donated coats and toys for kids, Christmas stockings for seniors, and food and water after Hurricane Ian. These are just a few of the ways employees served their communities last year.

 We’re looking forward to another year filled with many successes. Happy 2023!

Irby Wins Quanta Innovation Award

Irby Wins Quanta Innovation Award

Irby Wins Quanta Innovation Award

Quanta Services, Irby’s parent company, recently selected Irby as a winner for its annual CEO Innovation & Entrepreneurial Award, which showcases the brightest ideas and business innovations/systems throughout its organization.

Irby was selected for its development of a Lineman Calculator, which is a collaborative effort between Irby’s technology, safety, and operations teams. The calculator is an iOS application that takes the most commonly used equations by our linemen and simplifies them.

By simply inputting the requested data, Irby’s linemen can quickly compute the answer to complex calculations at their fingertips. It’s as easy as answering the questions and filling in the blanks.

In addition to the calculator, training materials have been updated by Irby’s safety team to explain the calculator inputs. Irby is currently working to determine the order of implementation in the field and future development of the tool.

Congratulations to the Irby team for this significant recognition and on this huge accomplishment and innovation that will benefit Irby for years to come!

Irby Attends FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show

Irby Attends FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show

Irby Attends FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show

In early November, Irby Construction attended the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show. Every year, electric utility, safety, and utility construction companies from across the U.S. meet in Orlando to network, present, and learn from energy industry professionals. 

Emma Workman, Project Manager; TJ Ridgeway, Distribution Design Manager; and John Thompson, Customer Outreach Specialist Supervisor, from Irby’s Tampa office represented Irby at the FMEA conference. Specifically, the team talked about Irby’s new turnkey storm hardening solution. This offering packages customer outreach with construction services to replace overhead neighborhood power lines with resilient underground infrastructure. 

Irby is proud to offer this new service and has been working with Florida Power and Light on various hardening projects all over Florida. 

Learn more about Irby’s Distribution Services HERE.

Read an industry article about Florida’s Grid Hardening Investments HERE.

T-Line Work in Bastrop, Texas

T-Line Work in Bastrop, Texas

T-Line Work in Bastrop, Texas

Just off of Lovers Lane, not far from the Colorado River in Bastrop, Texas, you’ll find one of Bo Barfield’s crews working on job #3042. This transmission job involves upgrading wood poles to steel structures for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), an Irby customer for more than 17 years.


Specifically, Irby is taking down and rebuilding T-410 from Bastrop West to Structure 27 as well as T-648 from Tahitian Village to Structure 27, with Legend Foundation Services installing foundations on T-410 and T-648 from Sim Gideon to Structure 27. There are 4.4 miles of double circuit and 3.1 miles of single circuit.

 

On this particular day in mid-October, Foreman Glenn Gagne and his four-man crew were installing a guard structure before pulling in new conductor. As always, this crew hit the ground with one thing in mind…getting the job done safely. They went through their pre-job checklist like clockwork from inspecting the equipment, meeting for the job briefing, and setting the safety parameters for the drop zone to rigging, hoisting, and attaching the cross arm.

This team works like a well-oiled machine making Irby proud. Great job, guys! Thank you to all Irby crews out there for working hard and staying safe!
Irby Comes Together in the Wake of Hurricane Ian

Irby Comes Together in the Wake of Hurricane Ian

Irby Comes Together in the Wake of Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a category 4 hurricane on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28th, 2022. Ian tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to make landfall in United States history, and caused around $60 billion in damage. There are at least 120 deaths because of Hurricane Ian, a harrowing number that speaks to the severity of the storm.

Irby crews began to assemble well before the hurricane made landfall, in order to be readily available when it was safe to get to work. Irby assigned more than 600 linemen across the state of Florida to join in assisting power restoration efforts. Crews worked 16-hour rotating shifts around the clock. Away from their families, our brave linemen even slept in their trucks the first few nights following the storm, as hotels didn’t have working power. 

Over 2 million people were without power when the storm blew through, and by October 4, just a week later, that number had been reduced to below 1 million. Storm restoration efforts will be ongoing for the next several months. We are proud of the way our Irby family has come together to serve the people of Florida.  

“Our group has pulled together as a family to do everything we can to not only restore power, but also to help others impacted the greatest by this storm,” said Tim Halsey, Vice President of Operations for Irby. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to support our employees, their families, and the community,” Halsey said.

As always, Irby Construction is taking every safety precaution in our storm restoration efforts. We will continue to be our brother’s keeper and work safely to restore power to those affected by Hurricane Ian, as the last thing these victims should worry about is their access to power.

Irby & Entergy: Mud Lake to Big Lake Transmission Project

Irby & Entergy: Mud Lake to Big Lake Transmission Project

Irby & Entergy: Mud Lake to Big Lake Transmission Project

Irby is proud to contract with Entergy Louisiana on the Mud Lake to Big Lake transmission project.
 
Scheduled for completion in summer of 2023, this project includes construction of nearly 15 miles of 230kV and 69kV transmission lines, the new Big Lake substation, upgrades to three existing substations, and installation of approximately 150 poles.
 
Mud Lake to Big Lake will build resilience and reliability in southwest Louisiana’s power grid, and positively impact large communities like Lake Charles.
 
You can read more about the project here
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