Carlson Takes Charge at Dickey Electric

NORTH LIMA, Ohio – Joe Dickey Electric Inc. charges into 2019 with a new leader who’s committed to stay the course set by his mentors, Joe Jr. and David Dickey.

Eric Carlson, a 28-year employee, will become the majority owner of the North Lima business this year. Joe Dickey Jr. established the company in 1957.

“My vision going forward isn’t any different than what Dave and Joe’s vision is,” Carlson says. “I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in this business, and fortunate to grow up around two great mentors.”

This past year saw a modest decrease in local construction activity across the building trades as compared to a banner 2017, Carlson says. But Dickey Electric kept busy working in a 100-mile radius of its home base. Overall revenue was 25% higher than an average year, he says.

“We’ve got a good backlog of projects on the books in 2019, including being very busy at the Youngstown wastewater facility where we have three contracts,” Carlson says.

Dickey Electric is the exclusive provider of CurrentSafe electrical preventative maintenance services in the Mahoning Valley. CurrentSafe, founded by Joe Dickey Jr.’s son, Kevin, is a national network of approved electrical contractors who provide maintenance, inspection and repair services while keeping commercial entities in compliance with regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the insurance industry.

Carlson says a recently expanded OSHA safety code added stringent new rules for electrical maintenance, and all of the company’s commercial customers will need to comply.

Through CurrentSafe, Dickey also provides residential customers a hazard detection service.

Community involvement will continue to be a major part of Dickey Electric’s mission, Carlson says. The Dickeys have long been fervent supporters of the community and its needs. The company even supported Carlson’s Eagle Scout project when he was 14.

“It left a lasting impression on me,” he says. “I’ll be honored to extend that tradition and positive example under my leadership.”

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