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B&B brought out the “Lunch Crew” to feed the National Guard and Health Department

Over the past few weeks, team members at B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, LLC.,  alongside several sponsors and volunteers provided lunch for the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi National Guard workers that were administering on-site COVID-19 vaccinations to Mississippians throughout the state.

B&B provided their cooking trailer and brought volunteers to two locations in the Jackson metro area to cook lunch for the hard-working men and women in the military, nurses, and healthcare workers.

Brien Blakeney, CEO of B&B, received his second COVID vaccination at the Smith-Wills Stadium and was impressed with the operation.

“We saw an opportunity to give back to our community through this small gesture as an appreciation to those working to administer the vaccine, not only long days, 5-6 days a week but also with an undeniable positive attitude which stood out. We wanted to show our appreciation for the great job they are doing in helping Mississippians get back to living daily life safely.”

From time to time, members of B&B’s management team travels and cooks for their crews who are working storm restoration away from home due to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Last year the company decided to build a custom cooking rig to use to feed their working crews as well as an opportunity to utilize it to serve communities affected by natural disasters and to give back to the local community.

The other volunteers and donors included Kyle Cockrell, owner of Cockrell’s Farmers Market on Old Fannin Road in Flowood. MS. Cockrell not only volunteered his time but also donated the veggie fixings for the hamburgers. Alan’s Meat Market in Brandon, MS provided the hamburger and hotdogs. Jackson-Newell Paper provided the paper goods, Sam’s Club in Madison gave a monetary donation and Sam’s club in Pearl provided water.

The lunches were held on location at Smith-Wills stadium Friday, March 19th, and Trustmark Park Stadium drive-through site on Friday, March 26th. It was an enjoyable, heart-warming day for all! Throughout the two events, there were visits by Congressman Michael Guest who is serving his second term as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, MS Adjutant Major General Janson Boyles, MS Air National Guard Wing Commander Colonel Tommy Tillman, and many other leaders of the Guard and Health Department who came by to show their appreciation and presented coins to the “minutemen” serving them.

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – VANESSA SUROS, GROUNDMAN WAC

This month is Women’s History Month and to celebrate all that women contribute to our industry, we are featuring some of the amazing women at W.A. Chester.

Today we focus our appreciation on one of our awesome Groundman, Vanessa Suros. Vanessa is a hard-working, single mother who loves what she does.

Vanessa started a mobile car wash business a few years back and ended up washing the trucks of the lineman where her Uncle Raymond worked. She was intrigued by the work the lineman performed and decided that was something that she would like to do. So she sold the equipment from her business and her car to come up with the money for lineman school and she moved to Georgia for three months. She went to work after she completed school and became a Communications Lineman a year later.

Vanessa decided that she wanted to become a Power Lineman so that is when she joined the W.A. Chester team as a Groundman and Underground Transmission Apprentice. Vanessa said the “guys have become like family and they really look out for each other”

Dave Robbins, WAC Foreman, speaks highly of Vanessa and says she is “100% a team player and is very motivated and I would recommend her to be on anybody’s team”

Vanessa is a role model for her daughter and her young niece and she said they brag about her to their friends. She is progressing in her apprenticeship in Underground Transmission and would one day like to be a splicer for W.A. Chester.

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UNITED UTILITY SERVICES ACQUIRES B&B ELECTRICAL & UTILITY CONTRACTORS

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-utility-services-acquires-bb-electrical–utility-contractors-301202055.html

DEAL EXPANDS NATIONAL FOOTPRINT AND CREATES ADDITIONAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADING UTILITY SERVICES COMPANIES

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — United Utility Services, a multifaceted utility services company, has acquired B&B Electrical & Utility Contractors, a comprehensive electrical and utility contractor with operations throughout the southeast U.S. The acquisition expands United Utility’s national footprint while creating new growth opportunities for both companies.

B&B Electrical & Utility Contractors is a family-owned company founded in 1982 and based in Canton, Mississippi. As a licensed contractor in numerous states, B&B offers a full array of electrical and utility services, including overhead and underground power distribution, substation services and disaster recovery. The company primarily serves regulated utility customers, cooperatives and municipal utilities throughout the southeast U.S.

Under the new partnership, B&B will continue to operate under the same name while its management team and staff remain in place, working collaboratively with United Utility to serve customers and identify new opportunities to expand services.

“We’re excited to welcome such a known and high-quality utility services provider like B&B to our team,” said Ali Azad, United Utility chief executive officer. “B&B has established a strong presence and trusted reputation throughout nearly four decades of operations and will further enhance our suite of utility services, especially in the overhead and underground power distribution, substation services and disaster recovery sectors. This acquisition aligns perfectly with our continued mission to expand opportunities, fuel growth and create value for those we serve.”

United Utility is a utility services company focused on building a platform of providers with specialized, industry-leading expertise in underground power transmission and distribution services. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company was established in 2018 through the acquisition of W.A. Chester, a leading electrical contractor offering specialized services in underground transmission and distribution cable systems, overhead distribution, substations and communications.

“Our company was founded on the principles of customer service and quality workmanship, and we believe this partnership with United Utility will help us deliver on both of those commitments to our respective customers,” said Brien Blakeney, president and founder of B&B. “We are excited about this opportunity to grow and enhance the services we provide in new and existing markets, powered by the same name, leadership and staff who have been instrumental in our growth over the past 40 years and are trusted partners to all those we serve.”

ABOUT UNITED UTILITY SERVICES

United Utility Services, a Bernhard Capital Partners portfolio company, was established in February 2018 through the acquisition of W.A. Chester, an industry leader in underground electric transmission and distribution services. Founded in the 1930s, W.A. Chester is a specialized electrical services provider focused on installation, maintenance and repair of underground high-voltage cable transmission and distribution systems in North America. W.A. Chester’s clients include most major electric utilities and transmission companies. For more information, visit unitedutility.com and wachester.com.

ABOUT B&B ELECTRICAL & UTILITY CONTRACTORS

B&B Electrical & Utility Contractors, a family-owned company founded in 1982, is one of the most comprehensive electrical contractors in the industry, offering a full array of electrical and utility services. The Mississippi-based company provides new construction, renovation and service upgrades for commercial and industrial facilities, as well as overhead and underground power distribution, substations, traffic signalization, street lighting and outdoor lighting. B&B is a licensed contractor in numerous states: AlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgiaLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaTennessee and Texas. For more information, visit bbecon.com.

CONTACT:

Erin Schauer
Marketing and Communications Manager
United Utility Services
704-906-2991 
[email protected]

SOURCE United Utility Services

 

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JUNEAUTOWN 138KV HPFF PROJECT

W.A. Chester is excited to be working on the Juneautown 138kV HPFF Reroute Project in Milwaukee, WI. This video is highlighting the two 2,200 ft High-Pressure Fluid-Filled cable pulls under the Milwaukee River. This project will minimize the potential of longer duration outages for customers in the Third Ward as well as provide capacity for future growth in the area.

 

 

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Sheila A. Lacks Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Accounting and Finance

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MATTHEWS, NC, September 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Sheila A. Lacks has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A strategic business leader with years of expertise in accounting, finance, inventory management and strategic planning, Ms. Lacks excels in her role with United Utility Services. As the chief financial officer, she maintains responsibility for accounting, finance and human resources including acquisition integration, risk mitigation and audit readiness. Prior to obtaining her current executive position, she worked as the vice president of finance for Lash Group, where she oversaw accounting, finance, pricing, quality and contracting for Lash Group, and as the senior vice president of finance and corporate services for Toshiba American Energy Systems.

During an earlier stage of her career, Ms. Lacks fostered her knowledge through varying financial positions with such companies as Precision Castparts, Babcock & Wilcox and Bausch & Lomb. Throughout her professional journey, she has helped the companies for which she has worked implement new systems and processes, while helping drive cost savings and growth initiatives to help achieve overall business objectives. Though Ms. Lacks originally aspired to become a lawyer, she pursued accounting studies as a foundation and discovered that she loved finding ways to improve business performance and drive profitability and success across organizations.

An expert in her field, Ms. Lacks holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Lynchburg, which she earned in 1999, as well as a certified public accountant certification in the State of Virginia. Five years after earning her undergraduate degree, she completed a Master of Business Administration through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Pamplin College of Business in 2004. Looking toward the future, Ms. Lacks aims to experience continued success in her role as the chief financial officer of United Utility Services.

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Flagami Inductor Cutover Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

 

W.A. Chester, a United Utility company, was awarded the Flagami Inductor Cutover project in Miami, FL, by Florida Power & Light and successfully completed the project ahead of the 2018 end-of-year deadline.

This underground utility installation project encompassed two new sections of stainless-steel conduits from an existing parallel circuit to a new inductor substation.  The new cutover cable system installation was engineered to feed a group of new inductors which will support an HV overhead circuit need for FPL.

Project Timing

Outage timing was a critical path for FPL and additional challenges were requested during the start of this project, shortening the duration of the outage window of work for W.A. Chester.  In cooperation with the client, W.A. Chester, successfully completed installation of 750’ of new stainless-steel pipe, 750’ of cable, 6 terminations, 2 bi-metallic splices and over 800’ of 2” oil line ahead of schedule for FPL.

About United Utility

United Utility serves North America’s utility and infrastructure sector through a growing network of partner companies with specialized expertise in distribution, and related fields.

About W.A. Chester 

W.A. Chester is the industry-leading electrical contractor for installation, maintenance, and repair of underground high voltage cable transmission and distribution systems. W.A. Chester’s clients are the nation’s electric utility companies and independent power producers. W.A. Chester works throughout the United States and Canada and is one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance, and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems.

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W.A. Chester, a United Utility Company, Lights up Fort Belvoir

Fort Belvoir, Virginia, December 7th, 2018 – W.A.Chester, a United Utility Company, helped make spirits bright at Fort Belvoir’s annual tree lighting ceremony by decorating and lighting the magnificent tree at the army base.  WAC’s Street Light and Low-Volt division, have been lighting the tree for the past 14 years.  Over 800 people gathered around the tree at this year’s event and Santa Claus himself made a special appearance.

WAC’s Street Light division will be maintaining the tree lights through the New Year.  They will also be responsible for the street light installation and street light maintenance in the town.  They are converting the obsolete street lights to new LED fixtures.

W.A. Chester, United Utility light up Fort Belvoir Christmas tree
W.A. Chester decorating the tree at Fort Belvoir army base

 

About United Utility

United Utility serves North America’s utility and infrastructure sector through a growing network of partner companies with specialized expertise in electric transmission, distribution, and related fields.

About W.A. Chester 

W.A. Chester is the industry-leading electrical contractor for installation, maintenance, and repair of underground high voltage cable transmission and distribution systems. W.A. Chester’s clients are the nation’s electric utility companies and independent power producers. W.A. Chester works throughout the United States and Canada and is one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance, and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems.

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W.A. Chester Named to ENR’s 2018 Top 600

Engineering News-Record (ENR) named W.A. Chester, a United Utility company, to its prestigious annual list of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors in the U.S.    W.A. Chester is ranked number 16 in the top 20 utility contractors and number 270 on the ENR list, which is compiled based on revenue.

2018 marks more than five years that W.A. Chester has been on the ENR list.

https://www.enr.com/toplists/2018-Top-600-Specialty-Contractors-3

About United Utility

United Utility serves North America’s utility and infrastructure sector through a growing network of partner companies with specialized expertise in electric transmission, distribution, and related fields.

About W.A. Chester 

W.A. Chester is the industry-leading electrical contractor for installation, maintenance, and repair of underground high voltage cable transmission and distribution systems. W.A. Chester’s clients are the nation’s electric utility companies and independent power producers. W.A. Chester works throughout the United States and Canada and is one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance, and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems.

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United Utility Services Names Craig Adams to Board of Directors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United Utility Services today announced the appointment of Craig Adams, retired president and chief executive officer of PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility, to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

“We are pleased to welcome Craig to the United Utility Services board,” said Ali Azad, United Utility Services’ chief executive officer. “His breadth of directly relevant energy experience complements an already deep bench of director expertise. I’m confident that Craig’s insights and counsel will prove valuable as we execute on strategic growth initiativesand continue to expand our portfolio of utility service providers.”

About Craig Adams

Adams is the former president and chief executive officer of PECO, an Exelon company and the largest electric and natural gas utility serving Pennsylvania.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of the State of New York at Albany. He served in the U.S. Army and completed its Nuclear Power Program.

Adams serves as president of the board of directors of the Camphill Special School and chairs the board of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. He also has served on the boards of WHYY Inc., MontcoWorks, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, and the American Gas Association.

About United Utility Services

United Utility Services serves North America’s utility and infrastructure sector through a growing network of partner companies with specialized expertise in electric transmission, distribution and related fields.