Services Featured at Expo
September 8, 2006
The 2006 Electrical Industry Exposition opened on Friday with
a ribbon cutting by President Edwin D. Hill and Secretary-Treasurer
Jon Walters before a crowd of delegates and guests eager to visit
over 110 exhibits of American and Canadian-made products and services. “The
range of vendors here shows the breadth of the industries the IBEW
represents in the U.S. and Canada,” said President Hill,
welcoming the citizens of Cleveland and thanking them for hosting
the 37th International Convention.
Behind President Hill was i-bew,
the union’s robot, and the
Klein Tools Indy racer, driven by Dario Franchitti, fourth place
winner in the 2005 Indy Car series.
From 100 percent union-grown,
union-roasted coffee to high-quality lineman’s tools, worker-oriented
investment plans and IBEW hats and T-shirts, the Expo has something
featured a table full of safety-related literature from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health. George Kuers,
chairman of the labor division of the National Safety Council urged
visitors to take some information home and order more of the free
materials for their locals.
At the Southern Company booth, Michael
Walker, vice president of Tallassee, Ala., Local 904, a fleet technician,
explained the scope of IBEW work at the utility.
Visitors were invited to play “Who
Wants To Be a Union-aire? a computer interactive quiz on the history
of the IBEW produced by the IBEW Research Department. Visitors
could also have their picture superimposed on a special edition
cover of the IBEW
The Expo will be open through Sunday, September 10,
at the Cleveland Convention Center.