After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean in early September, Hurricane Irma tore through the Florida Keys and swept northward through Florida. It was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Team Fishel stood ready to help with the storm restoration just as we have in the past and, as Irma pushed through Florida, we mobilized immediately.
Nearly 200 Fishel Teammates deployed for the restoration effort including 137 from our Plant City and Groveland, FL operations and 54 who traveled from our Cabot, AR division. Team Fishel focused on helping our customers Tampa Electric (TECO) and Duke Energy restore electric power for thousands of residents in the Tampa and Orlando areas. We utilized a fleet of 90 vehicles including bucket trucks, line trucks, command trailers and more to repair overhead electric lines as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We are immensely proud of our Teammates and their High Performance effort that helped many Floridians bring life back to normal. And as so often happens, it is the thoughts of those we help that really say it all. Here are some of the comments we have received on Team Fishel’s Facebook Page.
“Thank you so much for your support here in Florida. Just saw a crew working this morning in Plant City!”
“Thanks for your help in Haines City, Florida....my power is finally back…Awesome team thanks again!”
“I saw a convoy of Team Fishel trucks this morning in Apopka, FL- THANK YOU!! You are appreciated!!”
“Just saw a bunch of your trucks near my home in Tampa, FL. THANK YOU for sending crews to help us get back on our feet after this hurricane. I'm sure it's been long, hot days helping us out. Appreciate it!”
“We are on our way to Gainesville GA, and have been passing your Team Fishel electric trucks! What a wonderful thing you all are doing! Keep up the great work!
Thanks to all for the many kind words. We’re always glad to help and we are proud to be a part of your communities.
Team Fishel had a busy September helping thousands of Florida residents restore electric power in the wake of Hurricane Irma. When a budding young broadcast journalist caught up with us in Tampa, Teammates Chad Jackson and John Seymour were happy to make time for an on-camera interview. In the process, they both made a new friend as well!
Be sure to check out the video interviews below, produced by the Bassett family of Tampa, FL. Very nicely done and a great way to introduce Fishel Teammates to the communities we serve! We’re not sure if that young reporter has considered a career in broadcast journalism just yet. But one thing is certain. He is destined to accomplish great things!
We thank the Bassett family for allowing us to share their videos, and Teammates Chad and John for their participation. Great work all around!
On Friday, September 15th our diet consisted of lots of greens! There was no better way to end the summer and reconnect with our Customers than by playing a round of 18 holes under blue skies and plenty of sunshine! We truly appreciate everyone who joined us for the 8th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Outing. The day consisted of long & short drives, unnecessarily long putts, fabulous food, great giveaways and best of all, outstanding company! Thank you to the New Albany Links Golf Club who did an exceptional job hosting our group again this year.
We especially want to thank all our sponsors. You “Chipped In” to make the day possible and more enjoyable!
Anixter, ARC Document Solutions, City of Columbus, Columbus FiberNet, CommScope, DitchWitch Mid-States, Englefield Oil Company, Galloway Group, Herc Rentals, Iron Equipment Rental, John Deere, M-Tech, Murphy Tractor, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, Rush Truck Centers, The Energy Cooperative, Vermeer Heartland
And what would a golf outing be without its winners? Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd placed teams! Each winning team member took home a New Albany Links gift card.
In addition to the stellar low scores from the winners, we did have some individuals who excelled at the game. Shout out to several men and women who “came to play” and received a Gift Card to the New Albany Links Golf Shop!
It was nice to take advantage of the warmer temps, relax with friends and enjoy the day! Thank you again for “swinging by”, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 9th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Outing!!
Team Fishel enjoyed participating in Festival Latino in Columbus last weekend! This year’s celebration was an outstanding success for the entire Columbus community and the family-friendly atmosphere welcomed all. Perfect weather all weekend helped make the festival an irresistible destination. Initial estimates pointed toward the highest attendance ever, possibly more than 200,000!
Festival Latino is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio, and attracts a multicultural audience from throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. The annual festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity that makes Columbus such a great place to live and work. Team Fishel is proud to be part of it and we’re already looking forward to next year.
The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio is here! Festival Latino 2017 happens this Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. With music and dance, artists and authors, and plenty of activities for kids, this family-oriented celebration of Latin American culture will be fun for all. Get ready to experience some phenomenal performers on the Main Stage!
Of course, a major attraction at any festival is the food and Festival Latino will feature some of the best! Festival guests will enjoy a wide variety of cuisine from Latin America and beyond that is sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite. And that’s where you will find Team Fishel. We are hosting the Dining Area this year and we invite you to our table. Pick up some delicious food, join us in one of the dining tents and enjoy!
Festival Latino 2017, this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-8pm both days – we’ll see you there!
In just over two weeks, Ohioans will once again enjoy a taste of Latin America! Festival Latino 2017 will be held August 12-13 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. The free, family-oriented festival gives the entire community an opportunity to experience both traditional and contemporary Latin American culture. Lively music and dancing, cultural and art workshops for children and adults, and authentic Latin American cuisine offer something of everyone. Festival Latino promises an enjoyable time for all and Team Fishel is ready to join the fun!
The literal translation is “across the table,” but Sobremesa actually refers to a Spanish tradition that is truly delightful. Sobremesa means the time we spend chatting and relaxing with family or friends right after a meal. Team Fishel would like to see folks enjoy that special time at Festival Latino as well! To help make that happen, we are very pleased to sponsor the Dining Tents at this year’s event. That’s where the festival’s theme of food and family will come together, the perfect place to enjoy a great meal, good conversation and some time out of the sun.
We can’t think of a better way for Team Fishel to support this exciting community event. After all, Team Fishel has been a family-owned company for more than 80 years, and our family has grown to a workforce of nearly 2,400 Teammates across the nation. We are immensely proud of each one of them and the strong core values that all of us share. Of course, we love good food as well, and being close to all the delicious Latin American cuisine at the festival is an added benefit!
Festival Latino is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio, and attracts a multicultural audience from throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. It is a celebration of the cultural diversity that makes Columbus such a great place to live and work. Team Fishel is delighted to be part of this great summer event in our hometown. Festival Latino, August 12-13. Mark your calendar, bring the family and have a great time!
In the Spirit of competitiveness and camaraderie, our fearless Teammates and friends once again made us proud. Buoyed and supported by some of our finest Marines and Navy personnel, they trudged up 6.2 miles of unending hills, conquered multiple obstacles and pushed through a lot of mud! All to prove they were up for the challenge of the annual Marine Corps Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, CA, the weekend of June 10th & 11th. Many other mud warriors eager to compete joined us for the exciting – and exhausting – two day event.
Thanks to the Marines, Navy, corporate sponsors and all the community support, the Camp Pendleton event is recognized as one of the biggest and best mud runs in the country! A special OORAH goes out to United Rentals for their sponsorship of the event and the VIP treatment for our teammates and friends. Especially welcomed were the hot showers at the end of this grueling race. With grateful hearts and sore bodies, thank you United Rentals!
Exhausted and exhilarated, our team accomplished this event in “High Performance Mode”, just as Team Fishel does on a daily basis throughout the nation.
The Camp Pendleton Mud Run is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command and organized by Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS). Revenue generated by MCCS activities supports quality-of-life programs for our Marines, Sailors and their families. Team Fishel is proud to be part of the event and we join our fellow Americans in thanking all the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
Summer is here and the great city of Atlanta holds first place on the Team Fishel travel agenda for June. And why not! The Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show happens in Atlanta this month and we’re ready to go!
The SEE 2017 Conference will be held at the newly renovated Marriott Marquis Atlanta from June 28 -30. As always, the SEE delivers a full, information-rich program including sessions on electric distribution, transmission and substations. Team Fishel, along with Teammates from our subsidiaries Team Power Group and JL Malone, will be on hand throughout the trade show at Booths 113 and 212. We look forward to visiting with our Customers and meeting new folks from electric companies that we haven’t worked with yet. Stop by for a chat about your company’s needs in distribution, transmission or substation construction!
See you in Atlanta! And if you’re playing in the annual pre-show GE Golf Tournament on 6/27, enjoy a spectacular day at St. Ives Country Club. Great city, great golf, great conference!
Team Fishel Commercial Security enjoyed a great day at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Annual Seminar & Exhibit on May 18th. Sponsored by the ASIS Columbus Chapter, the event focused on the security needs of companies throughout Central Ohio. It was the first time Team Fishel exhibited at an ASIS event, and the day was definitely time well spent.
This year’s program was attended by Security Directors, Facility Managers, CIOs and IT Managers from a cross-section of industries. Team Fishel had the opportunity to meet people from several vertical markets that we serve including Healthcare, Manufacturing and Logistics/Distribution. Those conversations brought some good news! While introducing our Commercial Security Solutions, we were pleased to hear that recognition of the Team Fishel brand is very strong. We received great feedback about our work in both Low Voltage Technology Solutions and Utility Construction. We’re confident that we can achieve the same positive brand recognition for Commercial Security expertise as well and, in fact, we have a great story to tell!
Team Fishel is a true full service integrator of enterprise-wide Low Voltage Technology Solutions including Structured Cabling, Data Center infrastructure and installation, Wireless Networks and, more recently, Commercial Security. We are capable of enhancing our Customers’ operations on multiple levels. And when you think about it, comprehensive Low Voltage Solutions that encompass Commercial Security make very good economic sense. When an organization is installing communications network cable throughout a facility, including security cabling in the project saves time, saves money and adds value.
Today, Team Fishel Commercial Security offers fully customized Access Control and Video Monitoring solutions that Customers demand for their unique environments. We also provide reliable Fire Alarm systems and commercial Intrusion Detection systems adaptable for single facility or campus-wide environments.
As Team Fishel continues introducing its Commercial Security solutions to companies in Ohio and Kentucky, being an active member of ASIS will remain an important part of our plans. They are an extraordinary resource for the commercial security industry and we are proud to participate in their efforts. See you at the Annual Seminar & Exhibit next year!
Team Fishel’s 2nd Annual Summer Safety Challenge kicks off in June. The timing couldn’t be better! Summer is our busiest and potentially most dangerous work season. The longer work days and hotter weather create additional stress for Teammates and also increase the risk of accidents. The Safety Challenge contest helps everyone focus on daily safety awareness while adding a bit of friendly competition to the work day.
Scoring for the Safety Challenge will work the same as last year. Throughout the contest, each Area is evaluated and awarded points based on key performance indicators: injuries, job damages, vehicle accidents and DOT score. Points are also awarded for High Impact Training and Job Site Inspections.
Divisions 11 and 30 ultimately emerged as the overall winners for 2016. But with Teammates throughout the country putting in the extra effort to work safely, the truth is that we all won big. Very big! As we head for our busiest season once again, let’s focus on staying Accident Free and make the 2017 Summer Safety Challenge even more successful!
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