McPhee hosts Toys for Tots Campaign

This holiday season McPhee is hosting a toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  Across our three office locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey our employees are taking part in helping bring the joy of Christmas to children less fortunate.

We invite donations of new, unwrapped toys for ages 0-14 between now and December 11th.

There is no wish list for specific items, we only ask that the following guidelines be adhered to:

  • We CAN accept newly purchased stuffed animals with tags still attached.
  • Avoid items that are latex, such as balloons, erasers, some balls, rubber bands, etc. They are dangerous to those with latex allergies.
  • Due to providing for a multicultural population, items that do not include religious messages or themes are most easily distributed.
  • We cannot accept donations of toys with weapons or violent themes such as guns, knives, swords, or other projectiles. This includes guns with Styrofoam or plastic bullets.

We’ll close out this festive giving event with an Ugly Sweater contest for employees hosted on Friday, December 20th.

American Heart Association recognizes Phalcon for workplace health achievement

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The results of the American Heart Association 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced last month and Phalcon achieved gold recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs.  Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

Phalcon developed its employee wellness program in 2012 and since then has been growing this employee benefit to ensure a comprehensive and multi-faceted view of well-being with focus on many dimensions including the following: physical, financial, social, occupational, emotional, and purpose.

Phalcon has moved from bronze recognition in 2017 to silver in 2018 and now to gold recognition on the index.  “Our goal is to provide resources and education for our employees so that they may work towards being their best self at work and at home,” says Program Manager, Christine Conroy. “Increasing our achievement level with the American Heart Association speaks to our continuously evolving program and the effort of our volunteer wellness committee across our offices.”

2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition by the Numbers

Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 938 were eligible for recognition at these levels:

  • 27% Gold
  • 26% Silver
  • 29% Bronze
  • 18% Completer

Phalcon CEO Michael McPhee says:

When employees and their families are healthy, the resultant employee engagement spurs creativity, productivity, and accomplishment. Phalcon’s health and wellness program is a key component supporting and creating an environment where each employee can live up to their potential. I’m thrilled by the gold recognition our program has received.

The Phalcon Wellness Program is open to all employees, their spouses, adult dependents or companions and incentives are available for engagement with program activities.  Learn more about the program at www.phalconwellness.com

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For Media Inquiries:

Contact Christine Conroy, Phalcon Wellness Program Manager for more information.

McPhee Introduces ColorCycle Program

McPhee Electric has teamed up with the Louis Toffolon Elementary School on Northwest Drive in Plainville, CT to recycle our dry erase markers, permanent markers and highlighters.  Each building on McPhee’s campus has a location to collect these items which will periodically be brought to Toffolon School to add to their collection for Crayola.

This initiative is put together by the McPhee Green Team, our sustainability committee developed earlier this year.  The Green Team focuses on bringing forth sustainable actions for the company in governance, environmental, or social aspects.

Have old highlighters or markers? Don’t throw them away! ColorCycle them!

About Crayola ColorCycle

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.

ColorCycle is also a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices. Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions.

McPhee Participates in Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

McPhee Electric has a longstanding history of supporting the community and has supported Foodshare for many years, the regional food bank supporting Hartford and Tolland counties.

Team McPhee participated in the annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger last weekend held at Dunkin Donuts Park, which their commercial division had a part in building. It was a great day to stomp out hunger!

McPhee Teddy Awards

The McPhee Awards Banquet, an annual company event, was held at the Thayer Hotel at West point on March 16th to honor our many employees from Connecticut and New Jersey.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Teddy Awards.

McPhee Electric has a longstanding tradition of recognizing exceptional men and women in our workforce. Named after our founder, Ted McPhee, the “Teddy Awards” have become a tradition and part of our culture in celebrating individuals who continually strive to make McPhee Electric an outstanding place to work. This year, we are excited to recognize six great people: John Lensi, Tony Recanati, John Tomczak, Nicholas Melchiorre, Ryan Warwick and Dave Hewitt.

Congratulations all! McPhee appreciates your hard work and dedication.

McPhee Electric, Ltd. – Transitioning The Next Generation of Leaders

 McPhee has announced leadership transitions today positioning McPhee to expand its utility and commercial business across its New England and Mid-Atlantic footprint.

 Julie Blum, McPhee’s long -standing Vice President of Estimating will her shift focus to Management Development and Training targeted at the next generation of leaders beginning January 1, 2019. “Developing leadership talent energizes a company and these transitions establish a creative environment for our employees,” said Mike McPhee, CEO of Phalcon, Ltd.

 “The team at McPhee has such a strong reputation and is so competitive, in large measure due to Julie’s impact over the years, that it was a good fit with her strengths and our larger needs. We are looking forward to her turning her attention to an area that will be critical to our success as we develop leaders for the future in order to keep our top position with customers in the markets we serve,” says Marcus McPhee, President of McPhee Electric, Ltd.

 Marcus will oversee the transition of the utility client interface role that Julie currently manages. Clay Paniati and Jake McPhee will lead the estimating efforts in the Commercial and Utility areas as Julie shifts her focus and efforts. Max McPhee, VP of operations in NJ will expand his role overseeing utility client relationships in CT and NJ. Andrew Wallace, Anthony Passanante and Judy DeLuca in the South Plainfield office will all be stepping-up to additional operational responsibilities as Max takes on his additional responsibilities in CT

Franklin Noon Rotary Club partners with city of Franklin to power Harlinsdale

In a few weeks, the Park at Harlinsdale will be full of barbecue teams working to present their culinary expertise in the Great Americana BBQ Festival.

This year, the teams will not need to rely solely on their generators for power as the Franklin Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the city of Franklin introduced a new power source that will be available for all the teams to tap into.

The 1200-amp power grid, located on the north side of Harlinsdale park, will be able to provide power for all of the competing teams.

The Franklin Noon Rotary donated the money for the project from funds raised by the Great Americana BBQ Festival and the Franklin Rodeo through its foundation.

“Our club had a vision, our BBQ society wanted to do something to enhance the park,” said Franklin Noon Rotary President Patrick Baggett. “Our club wants to be a good citizen, we want to give back to the community and this was something that the park needed.”

The club partnered with Harlan Electric, Middle Tennessee Electric, EUTAW Construction, and the Friends of Franklin Parks to install the power panels. “This was a group effort,” said Paul Collins of the Franklin Noon Rotary. “The three panels will replace a lot of generators.”

Dream Cruise

The Dream Cruise and Wrangler Rally is one of the largest car cruises benefiting Special Olympics and The Hometown Foundation, Inc. Hundreds of automotive enthusiast from all over the country convene at The Farmington Polo Club. As part of the cruise, Special Olympics athletes are paired with the exotic, classic-car, or Wrangler owners and are given the opportunity to ride in their vehicles. The police-escorted cruise, journeys through the Farmington Valley for 12-miles and ends at The Farmington Club, where the athletes are honored at a red carpet affair.

This year Bernie Knochenhauer from McPhee Electric, LTD was chosen to drive a Special Olympic Athlete in his 2013 Dodge Viper .  Despite the clouds and some rain, everybody had a wonderful time.

     

American Heart Association recognizes Phalcon, Ltd for workplace health achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced yesterday and Phalcon and its regional operating companies achieved Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

McPhee Team AHA Silver Achievement
Pictured from left: John Conroy, Phalcon CFO; Ellen Gallant, Benefits Manager; Christine Conroy, Wellness Program Coordinator; Eric Thompson (Blue Back LLC), Broker

Phalcon, Ltd. is a leader in utility construction, electrical contracting, industrial and energy infrastructure, and facilities services. Phalcon combines the cross platform expertise of our 1200 employees from operating companies to provide specialized combination engineering and installation expertise to our clients. Locally, Phalcon owns McPhee Electric, PowerHawke, and Ravex, each headquartered in Farmington.

 

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

 

More than 1000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

 

The Phalcon Wellness Program was developed in 2012 to improve employee health and wellbeing and has been awarded for being a progressive program, especially within the construction industry.

 

“We are thrilled with our Silver Recognition for 2018, demonstrating improved performance from our last recognition at the Bronze level” says Wellness Program Coordinator Christine Conroy. “This acknowledgment showcases our company wide culture of health, strive for excellence and how all of us at Phalcon distinguish ourselves with grit and gratitude every day.”

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for wellbeing are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.