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The Jamestown Boys and Girls Club has been re-lit thanks to Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corp and The IBEW Local 106.
Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electrical Corporation, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 106, and the Jamestown… Board of Public Utilities, joined together to install 267 new energy-saving lights at the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown today. The IBEW will be supplying manpower, with 25 electricians working to install the lights, Ahlstrom-Schaeffer is donating supplies and equipment and the BPU provided the rebates for the lighting kits.
Initially, the project was too expensive for the club to undertake, which was estimated to cost more than $21,000. This is when a meeting took place with Jeff Kroon, Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric, IBEW Local 106 and some of the board members of the club to devise a plan to complete the project with a $0 cost to the club!
”Without the IBEW Local 106 and Ahlstrom-Schaeffer working with us on this, it wouldn’t have been done at this scale or in this time frame,” said Rex McCray, Boys & Girls Club board president.
Today, 25 IBEW workers begin the day-long project of retrofitting fixtures in the facility with new, energy efficient models.
”We’ve done projects for the community in the past, but this will be the biggest,” said Wilkinson, business manager. ”Our members care about the community, and this is a great way to give back to an organization that has touched many of us personally.”
With the manpower in place, they still needed supplies and equipment, and that is when Ahlstrom-Schaeffer came to the rescue.
”We will make sure the club is staged for the electricians with the kits for each fixture and everything we think they’ll need. The project will save approximately $3000 per year in energy savings from the new lighting and also provide better lighting throughout the club ” said Dave Painter, Ahlstrom-Schaeffer Vice President.
In 2014, the Boys & Girls Club will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in Jamestown. The lighting project will kick off a year-long celebration, with it coming in time for the club’s Santa’s Shoppe next week.


2013 Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo

Stop by and see Ahlstrom Schaeffer and Cree Lighting Representatives at the 2013 Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo at the Chautauqua Suites and Expo Center. Free admission, Vendor Displays and Panel Discussions!

Friday, November 1: 12:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. or Saturday, November 2: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Brighter Days Ahead At Red Cross

September 15, 2013

The Post-Journal

Those visiting and volunteering at the Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross will no longer have to worry about constantly replacing light bulbs or tinkering with fussy light systems.

A recent grant from the Edwin L. Danielson Community Service Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation provided funding to install and replace light fixtures inside and outside of the building on Fifth Street. Ahlstrom Schaeffer provided the labor for the project at no charge.

According to Kathy Burch, assistant executive director of the Red Cross, staff was spending an unnecessary amount of time changing light bulbs and ballasts on the fixtures around the building. With the installation of new fixtures, the ballasts should last an average of five years and the lamps three years, before either needs maintenance. The new fixtures also allow the Red Cross to reduce their carbon footprint by saving on energy costs.

Article Photos


From left are Hans Auer, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Community Service Grants Committee member; Bill Tucker, American Red Cross, Southwestern Chapter executive director; and Todd Hanson of Ahlstrom Schaeffer standing in the blood donation room at the Red Cross, which underwent a lighting retrofit project this summer.

Submitted photo

As for the old fixtures, a rebate program through the Jamestown BPU allowed the Red Cross to recycle all of the pieces.

For more information on programs offered by the American Red Cross, or to become a volunteer, visit