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It’s a great day at

Hewitt Young

Crafting with the Children of Golisano Children’s Hospital

This past holiday we took time out of our busy schedules to spend some time brightening the children of Golisano Children’s Hospitals’ day. According to their website, “Golisano Children’s Hospital employs more than 200 pediatric specialists and provides a spectrum of care that spans more than 40 specialty areas, serving the more than 85,000 children and their families each year. It serves as the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region and beyond. [Their] missions are to provide comprehensive care for children and their families, educate future pediatricians and pediatric specialists, and perform progressive research that will lead to the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow.”

This was an eye-opening experience. It was very moving to see these children, some of them with life-threatening issues, just being kids. Some days simply sitting upright in bed may be a challenge, but you would never be able to tell this by the looks on their adorable smiley faces. I particularly enjoyed taking a break from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays to slow down and spend time creating holiday crafts with the kids. We spent the afternoon creating a peppermint candy cane wreath as well as a snowman tea-light ornament. Watching the children and their relatives forget about all their troubles for a few hours was the best gift this holiday season!

Greece Public Library How-To-Fest

This past weekend, on Saturday October 14th, the Greece Public Library held its annual How-To-Fest.

Over thirty groups came into the library and allowed patrons to learn how to “do” their specialty. The vendors included home brewing, ukulele lessons, art lessons, home design, robot building and more.

Hewitt Young participated in the event, and created a station to teach homeowners how to wire an outlet, a switch, and a light fixture. On top of teaching basic homeowners electrical skills, many patrons had simple electrical questions that Hewitt Young was happy to answer. Hewitt Young also created a basic device board which enthralled kids by safely allowing them to build simple circuits using a battery. It was a great day to reach out to a community by teaching and helping answer simple questions that residents might have.

“It’s always a great day at Hewitt Young!”

2017 Company BBQ

At Hewitt Young Electric, we recognize the importance of letting loose and having a great time. We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere where everyone feels like one giant happy family. So, we have made it a point to participate in events that will make our family bond the strongest it has been yet.

On September 16th, we brought everyone together at Genesee Valley Park for a company BBQ. With bubbles for the kids and bocce for the adults, there was not a frown in sight. While the sun shined down on us we laughed, we ate, we drank, and laughed some more.

Our day to relax, recharge, and enjoy each others company turned out wonderfully. After all – it is always a great day at Hewitt Young!

Safety is Always Important!

At Hewitt Young Electric, safety is of the utmost importance, be it in the field, our prefabrication shop, or even in our warehouse. We work hard to equip our employees with the tools they need for success including valuable knowledge on how to preform efficiently, effectively, and of course the safest way possible, in every situation. Each employee receives a copy of our safety manual. They also attend regular safety classes to stay up to date on the latest rules and regulations to keep every job site safe.

Employees in the field participate in regular “Tool Box Talks,” where topics ranging from back safety and fall protection, to ‘caught in between’ hazards are addressed. Procedures have been put in place, following OSHA regulations, that ensure the safety of all parties involved on any job site.

To help ensure the safety of those around us we have included some reminder tips to help eliminate job site injuries and keep our friends and family safe:

  1. Always wear your proper protective apparel and safety gear.
  2. When getting on and off any type of equipment, check to make sure your boots are tied, and clean. Preventing a slipping hazard could save your life!
  3. When lifting heavy equipment, lift with your legs and not your back to avoid strains.
  4. Inspect your work area. Make sure you are fully aware of everything going on around you to avoid accidentally injury.
  5. Whenever possible, ALWAYS TURN POWER OFF BEFORE WORKING ON WIRING OR EQUIPMENT. Remember to follow all Lockout/Tagout Procedures.

Employee Spotlight: Steve Jernigan

Our team of professionals are what make Hewitt Young Electric not only a fun and exciting place to work, but they create the fabric of our well-knit family atmosphere, who are dedicated to providing you with exceptional electrical services.

This month we our featuring our very own: Steve Jernigan.

 

  • What is your role at Hewitt Young Electric?

At Hewitt Young, I am a Project Estimator. A Estimator identifies labor and material needed for a project, and computes costs of a project by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.

  • How long have you been with Hewitt Young?

I have been employed at Hewitt Young for a total of 5 years.

  • What do you like most about your job?

The best part of my job would have to be putting an effort into a takeoff, making the total dollar figure for the project, then waiting for the win! When we win a bid it feels like winning the lottery.

  • What do you enjoy most about working at Hewitt Young?

I love the trust and support we receive from management. We are trusted to preform to the best of our ability without constantly being watched over.

  • Why do you think customers do business with us?

I believe customers do business with us because of our performance and a great finished product.

  • How do you define success?

Success to me is defined as any accomplishment that you are proud of.

  • What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I typically spend more time working! I do also enjoy relaxing and going to Green Day concerts.

  • What has been your favorite project at Hewitt Young?

My favorite project completed by Hewitt Young would have to be the SUNY Brockport East Campus Site with Villager.

  • If you could pick one theme for Hewitt Young to turn into a book about the company what would it be?

If we were to write a book about Hewitt Young, the title would be “As HYE Turns,” it would be funny, cutting edge, full of advantages, and about a winning team.

  • What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Hewitt Young?

My wish would be to have HYE purchase a concrete curb machine and some asphalt machinery.

  • What is your favorite line from any movie?

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles!”

  • If you had one meal to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would be happy eating spaghetti and meatballs with lots of mozzarella for the rest of my life. I love my cheese!

  • Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full and always accepting more.

Featured Foreman: Gregg Spence

Our team of professionals are what make Hewitt Young Electric not only a fun and exciting place to work, but they create the fabric of our well-knit family atmosphere, who are dedicated to providing you with exceptional electrical services.

This month we our featuring our very own: Gregg Spence.

 

  • What is your role at Hewitt Young Electric?

At Hewitt Young, I am a Foreman. Foreman typically plan, supervise, and perform all phases of installation, maintenance, repair and inspection of electrical systems and service work.

  • How long have you been with Hewitt Young?

I have been an employee at Hewitt Young for a year and a half.

  • What do you like most about your job?

The most fulfilling part of my job would be completing projects. It is always motivating to see a project through from start to finish. I also enjoy creating work relationships and learning new things. Every project is different so being able to take away a new bit of knowledge is very rewarding.

  • What do you enjoy most about working at Hewitt Young?

I love that my hard work never goes unnoticed. We have such an amazing support system here at Hewitt Young – especially from our Project Managers and the Pre-fabrication team. Having a great support system enables me to put my best foot forward and creates a stress-free work environment. Lastly, I enjoy the company of my skilled fellow workers out in the field!

  • Why do you think customers do business with us?

I am positive customers notice the hard work and thought process that goes into each job we do for them. I think that therefore we have so many repeat customers, as well.

  • How do you define success?

Success to me is finishing jobs on time and within our budget, all while working as a team.

  • What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love spending time with my family, and friends. We enjoying going out to dinner and going on vacations.

  • What has been your favorite project at Hewitt Young?

I would say my favorite project would have to be the work we did over at GCC. Although, I did also enjoy working on the Rochester Public Market. It is so cool to go to some of these finished sites and say that I contributed to the completion.

  • If you could pick one theme for Hewitt Young to turn into a book about the company what would it be?

If we were to write a book about Hewitt Young, the title would be “Safety is the Priority, Quality is the Standard,” because those are the core values I try to base all my work off.

  • What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Hewitt Young?

I would enjoy possibly being a Project Manager and getting into Project Estimating as well.

  • What is your favorite line from any movie?

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat!” – Roy Scheider as Martin Brody in “Jaws.”

  • If you had one meal to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would gladly pick Chicken Iachine from Mr. Dominic’s. It is sautéed with red peppers in a garlic and oil sauce – yum!

  • Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full!

We Shared Some Yummy Margaritas!

 

Our Margarita Friday is a fundraiser hosted by Hewitt Young Electric to raise funds for a charity in the area or a family in need.  Last year we raised money for Camp Good Days, a children’s camp that provides experiences for children who have been affected by cancer. This year, we hosted our event to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY, raising over $3,000! Contribution’s will help Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a supportive “home away from home” for families of children receiving healthcare in the Rochester community and to support related efforts that improve the health and well-being of children. We are thrilled to be a part of a community who are so welling to give to those in need!

Bright festive reds, greens, and yellows, set the stage for our Cinco De Mayo themed event. With a little over 200 people attending, there were many laughs exchanged and quite a few margaritas to be had. Raffles with over 15 items donated, as well as scattered photo booth props, gave guests some extra excitement and further fueled donations. Overall, we think our event was a success!

On behalf of us here at Hewitt Young and Ronald McDonald House Charities, thank you greatly to all of those who attended, and contributed to the success of this event!

The Voice Behind “It’s A Great Day At Hewitt Young!”

Our team of professionals are what make Hewitt Young Electric not only a fun and exciting place to work, but they create the fabric of our well-knit family atmosphere, who are dedicated to providing you with exceptional electrical services.

 

This month we our featuring our very own: Pam DeSimone.

 

  • What is your role at Hewitt Young Electric?

At Hewitt Young, I am an Administrative Assistant. My day to day tasks include anything from helping with finances by entering payroll, keeping records, filing, AP/AR and assisting with correspondence for everyone in the office. I am also training to be a Project Admin, which I am very excited about because I greatly enjoy learning new things!

  • How long have you been with Hewitt Young?

I have been an employee at Hewitt Young for six years.

  • What do you like most about your job?

I would say I like the people I get to come to work with every day the most. I like being able to help where ever I can and it makes it even more enjoyable to come to work knowing I am helping people I care about.

  • What do you enjoy most about working at Hewitt Young?

I love that we are more like a family than coworkers. I also enjoy the laid-back atmosphere – we can mix in a good laugh with all our hard work.

  • Why do you think customers do business with us?

I think we make our customers feel confident doing business with us because we are a team of professionals who are all very knowledgeable in their respective fields.

  • How do you define success?

I would say success comes from within, if you are giving it your all and feeling successful then you are successful.

  • What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love spending time with my family, in particular, my grandchildren but don’t tell my kids I said that!

  • What has been your favorite project at Hewitt Young?

My favorite project would have to be putting together our Annual Margarita Friday party. Every year we hold a fundraiser for someone in need or a local charity. Giving back makes me feel great, the fact that I enjoy party planning is a bonus!

  • If you could pick one theme for Hewitt Young to turn into a book about the company what would it be?

If we were to write a book about Hewitt Young, it would have to be a Comedy – we are always making each other laugh around here. Look at our posters around the office, we created the Maple Street Theory naming ourselves as characters from the Big Bang Theory. Little jokes like that make coming to work fun.

  • What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Hewitt Young?

I love working at Hewitt Young so much that I hope to retire from here someday. My main goal would include always continuing to challenge myself to learn more.

  • What is your favorite line from any movie?

“Go ahead make my day!” – Clint Eastwood playing Harry Callahan from the 1983 film “Sudden Impact.”

  • If you had one meal to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would have to pick steak and grilled shrimp, to eat for the rest of my life.

  • Is the glass half empty of half full?

Of course, the glass is always half full!

SOHO Trade Show Success

This year Hewitt Young Electric participated in the Annual SOHO Small Business Trade Show. Although this was the SOHO’s 16th year of exceptional displays, it was our first year attending the impressive show.

As described on the SOHO website, SOHO Rochester is an annual conference that brings together Upstate New York’s most passionate members of the small business and entrepreneurial community including founders, investors, and emerging leaders to build community, start conversation, and provide inspiration.

Attending the trade show was an awesome learning experience! We had a chance to meet with businesses from all over Upstate NY, sharing ideas, and networking with attendees.  With over 100 different booths, it was entertaining to see what other companies had to offer.

Our focus for the show was educating attendees, and some exhibitors – about the benefits of upgrading to LED Retrofits. We had the opportunity to show people how LED’s are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and cost effective. We even gave away $500 towards an LED Retrofit upgrade!

At Hewitt Young, we truly loved being able to support other small businesses by showing them how they could save on their electrical costs!