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.

Patriotic Award from the American Legion Post

Friday, June 8th, McPhee South  was presented with the Patriotic Award from the American Legion Post Coffey and Wilson 688 of Brooklyn NY. This award recognizes our continued contributions to Veterans and involvement in charitable events.

With the change of names, we found that we had an abundance of JBL promotional items and we were not quite sure what to do with them.

Sayyed Muhammad, our new Logistics Manager, suggested that we donate them to soldiers and their families overseas.
So, with that and our other contributions to veterans and the community , we were presented with this prestigious award.


Secret Santa

To get in the spirit of the holidays, the ladies of the Beltsville Richards office held a Secret Santa gift exchange! Everyone who participated wrote a short list to Santa with 3 gift ideas and names were then picked at random.The exchange not only a great way to get excited for the holidays, but also a great way to get to know some of our new(er) colleagues!

Costumes and Corn Hole

This year, Richards celebrated Halloween with its 6th annual Halloween party and costume contest!

Office personnel was encouraged to dress in costume as the 1st place winner would receive one full day of paid time off!! While everyone who participated in the costume contest looked great, this year’s winner was Project Manager, Brett Rhinevault who dressed as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken

The lunch-time celebration transitioned into a parking-lot party with a Corn Hole Wellness Contest as the office paired off to play against each other.

Brett also took first place in the Corn Hole competition with partner, Sr. Estimator, Danny Littleford.

The Colleen Classic

With the weather taking a turn for the “Best”, we are particularly happy about playing some golf at Blue Mash Country Club, in Laytonsville, MD, for a great cause.

Chuck Barber and a few others will be representing Richards at The Colleen Classic 2018 to Benefit Rosaria Communities. The Colleen Classic golf outing, named in memory of Colleen Mary Welch, the daughter of Rosaria co-founder, Tom Welch. Colleen had Down Syndrome, and died from a sudden illness in 2013 at age 22. Colleen was (and remains) the inspiration for Rosaria Communities.

Good luck to the group and hit’em well!

AGU Pioneer Award

MGAC awarded The AGU PIONEER AWARD to Foreman, Todd Hileman!

This award is for those on the project that have exhibited exceptional effort for going above and beyond and for their stellar work in support of AGU’s net zero mission. Todd is passionate about the work he does, the men and women that work with him, and most importantly the AGU Project.

Congratulations, Todd!

Todd from Richards

Congratulations to the 2018 Teddy Award Recipients!

The McPhee Awards Banquet, an annual company event, was held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown on March 3rd to honor our many employees. Dinner & dancing highlighted the night but the main event 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 three great people: Pat Nigro, Greg Ciesla and Jim O’Shea. Congratulations Pat, Greg and Jim! McPhee appreciates your hard work and dedication.

Teddy Awards Picture