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The PA Manufacturers’ Association found that approximately: 70% of the companies test for drugs; 19% of the potential employees did not show up for their drug tests; and 16% failed the pre-employment drug test. In 2012, about 24 million Americans aged 12 or older, or 9.2% of the population, reported using an illicit drug or abusing a prescription drug in the prior months according to the most recent survey estimates by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That finding was up from 8.3% in 2002.

Gary Dalrymple 200During the 2016 chapter annual meeting on March 24th, Gary Dalrymple was awarded the Honorary Life Member Award. Gary has worked in the electrical industry since he was thirteen years old. He retired from JBI Electrical Systems Inc. in 2015.

Thayer Long February 29th, IEC National President, Joseph Hovanec, announced Thayer Long, the Executive Vice President/CEO of IEC National, will be stepping down from his position effective April 22 – he has accepted another opportunity outside of IEC and the industry.

41000 DiedAmericans’ treacherous relationship with prescription painkillers and illegal drugs appears to be worsening, with fatal overdoses up 7 percent in one year, according to federal statistics. Deaths increased at double the national rate in NJ and triple in PA. More than 41,000 died nationwide. “It is no longer possible to shut our eyes and wish the problem will just go away,” said Beverly Haberle, executive director of the Council of SE PA, the regional affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

AMBESTA.M. Best Company, the most widely recognized provider of insurance industry ratings and financial data, reaffirmed its A+ (Superior) rating for Federated Insurance in January 2015.

baseballIf you love Rangers baseball, join us May 13th for IEC Night at the Ballpark when the Rangers play the Toronto Bluejays.  The event will be held in the “All you Can Eat Porch” and includes a game ticket plus the all you can eat menu.

golfTexas Star Golf Course will again host the 10th Annual Tom Jones Memorial Golf Tournament. The event will be held April 12th with both morning and afternoon tee times.

Mexican Food 200Join us March 24th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm for the chapter’s Annual Meeting. Held at the always popular, Joe T. Garcia’s La Puertita, the keynote speaker will be Suzann Green, Oncor Fort Worth Area Manager.

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