News & Notes
J. Ranck Electric (JRE) hosted area parents and students, grades 7-12, at a Skilled Trades Night designed to help students explore careers opportunities they could pursue within the trades. The event filled JRE headquarters in Mt. Pleasant with nearly 100 young adults and parents.
A JRE Crew led by foreman Tom Taylor is working against the clock to rehabilitate Taxiway Charlie at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, completing the electrical work in time for paving before winter. At the end of October, JRE started the demolition of existing light fixtures and wiring, installation of all new taxiway edge lights, lighted signs, and all the associated underground infrastructure for the first phase, which makes up a little more than half of the five-phase project.
While some volunteers were working in the garden, building a fence, and cleaning troughs, others were installing conduit, wire, and lights in the 20,000 square foot Legacy Arena. “It’s so amazing to see how many different people have come together to make ‘Operation Light the Legacy’ happen. If we go back to when we really started this project it was a little over nine months ago so it’s kind of like a day of birth for the arena,” says HopeWell Ranch founder Jodi Stuber, “It brought tears to my eyes when they turned on the first lights.”
J. Ranck Electric crews haven’t had to travel far from the JRE headquarters to upgrade traffic signals, replace sidewalks and ramps, and remove medians in Mt. Pleasant, Alma, and Clare. Each of the 21 locations that make up the project varies slightly, with some intersections needing modern signals and sidewalks and a couple locations only requiring sign work, and also removing the islands on High St. in Mt. Pleasant to make way for turning lanes. The island removal is part of a larger plan to convert Main Street and Washington Street from one-way streets into two two-way streets between CMU and downtown Mt. Pleasant.
A JRE crew spent Earth Day last week installing earth-friendly trail lighting at Traverse City’s West End Beach (JRE Job #314014). Each light pole’s self-sufficient system is topped by both solar panels and a wind turbine, and houses battery storage in the foundation. These features will allow the lights to shine every night all year, even with overcast days and long nights in winter.
In stride with the recent skilled trades initiatives spearheaded by Governor Rick Snyder, J. Ranck Electric (JRE) hosted a Skilled Trades Night for area students at its headquarters in Mt. Pleasant. Nearly 150 young adults and their parents, representing 20 school districts, came to learn about career paths within the skilled trades industry. “Michigan economy is growing, and the positive business environment and job growth are major reasons for the increasing demand for skilled trades positions,” wrote Governor Snyder in a letter welcoming the students to the event.
Yesterday, after exactly 20 years of estimating and managing projects at JRE, Bernard “Buddy” Weber announced retirement and said his goodbyes to coworkers and long-time customers. Buddy assured us with a laugh, “I’m not going anywhere… Well, except on a cruise. But other than that, I’ll be around.” He has already penciled in part-time work at JRE around his hunting and fishing plans.
HopeWell Ranch, JRE’s FORE THE KIDS 2015 charity selection, serves children with equine therapy during the warmer months, but when the temperatures drop, they are forced to suspend their services. Founder Jodi Stuber has dreamed of having an indoor arena that will allow the ranch to serve children on a year-round basis. Now community members and local businesses are working together to help make the dream of an indoor arena at HopeWell a reality.
JRE has become a major player in the solar installation game. In addition to a combined total of over 200 kW installed at the company’s own locations, JRE has installed 7 of the 10 largest arrays in the state of Michigan. Please have a look at our Gover Parkway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Gallery. It is home to two new solar arrays, one at the J. Ranck Electric headquarters and one at Standard Electric Company.