VEC Adds Division, Works Across Nation
GIRARD, Ohio — VEC Inc. completed another strong sales year in 2019 and added another service to its portfolio of construction solutions.
The company has set its sights on several local opportunities, says Becky Bertuzzi, marketing manager, and is pursuing projects outside Ohio for its oil and gas clients. VEC will also begin to offer general construction services to industrial clients in 2020.
The power restoration and distribution division began in late 2019 and hit the ground running with Scott Ferry as field operations supervisor and Ron Remsey, director of power restoration and distribution, handling office support.
Ferry is experienced in high-voltage electrical power and distribution and emergency storm work. He has traveled the country working on high-voltage lines and restoring power after large storms. This new division already has been on storm calls in New York, Boston and Detroit.
In the industrial, oil and gas and low voltage divisions, several large projects continued from 2018. While sales volume was down slightly, profit margins exceeded the company goal.
Mike Reiser was promoted to vice president of the industrial division in October and VEC’s manpower superintendent, Dave Jakovina, began to oversee the electrical service and maintenance department.
The industrial electrical division continued work at the Royal Dutch Shell cracker plant in Monaca, Pa., installing the 138kV line that will power the plant. The team has been on site since the start of construction in 2015 as VEC installed the temporary power, site lighting and security cameras.
VEC also worked at the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant throughout 2019, providing electrical construction services for the various upgrades at the plant.
In Hiram, the company is working at the Great Lakes Cheese expansion.
VEC’s oil and gas division saw another year of steady work. The project farthest from the home office was the Panther Creek Cryo Plant in Colgate, Okla. The project team was responsible for the electrical installation of the new plant and dealt with some extreme weather while on the site.
The low voltage division supported VEC’s industrial and oil and gas projects while working around the Mahoning Valley and Ohio. The team was responsible for installing security cameras in downtown Warren. It also upgraded the sound system at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.
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