The Latest News from I.B. Abel

  • Empowering Growth for a Second-Generation Industrial Distributor

    Relocating an established industrial facility can be a stressful situation, especially for a firm with a large product inventory that had operated out of the same location since 1996. Penn-Air & Hydraulics Corp., whose entrepreneurial founder Jim Conrad launched the operation out of a rented garage in York, Pa., has come a long way.

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  • Johnson Controls

    The state-of-the-art Johnson Controls engineering and test facility in southern York County, Pa. is on course to become a flagship project for I.B. Abel. The complex includes a three-story, 107,000-square-foot engineering office and a 250,000-square-foot, 40- to 60-foot-tall test facility where the global technology and industrial powerhouse will test its air handlers and chillers.

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  • New Office Location

    I.B. Abel has moved our York PA corporate office from our temporary location at 1110 East Princess Street to our newly renovated and expanded office at 2745 Black Bridge Road.

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  • Boiling Springs Lighting Project

    The Boiling Springs High School pool building was faced with rusty and corroded lighting fixtures and South Middleton School District (SMSD) needed cost-effective repairs performed while keeping the facility up and running. I.B. Abel delivered.

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  • Our York Office Has Moved

    In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 7, 2016 the corporate office of I.B. Abel at 2745 Black Bridge Road in York, Pennsylvania experienced a catastrophic incident. A ruptured water main flooded the first floor with up to six inches of water. Our landlord, Kinsley Properties, responded immediately and engaged Cameo Services to dewater and clean up the office with fans and dehumidifiers.

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  • National Grid Project

    National Grid awarded I.B. Abel a unique and challenging project on March 14, 2016 that leveraged the talent of our employees and prior successes with similar projects. The project required the removal of a long defunct powerline interconnecting the United States and Canada, in addition to demolition and removal of Structures 101 and 102 which supported the powerline, including the foundation of Structure 102.

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  • Procedure Adherence is Critical to Working Safely

    Our industry has best practices, known work methods, and company expectations/policies. As linemen, electricians, and communication techs, we know what they are. Why is it that we sometimes drift from the known best practice or work method? Why do we sometimes work unsafe?

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  • Mall Redevelopment Displays I.B. Abel's Commercial Strength

    Project Manager Jeremy King describes the West Manchester Town Center as a “typical commercial job,” but the significance of the project to I.B. Abel is anything but typical. This project, which will convert the once-struggling West Manchester Mall into a thriving, open-air retail center, is the latest testament to the firm’s successful entry into the commercial market in November 2013. 

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  • Addressing Critical Steps Prevents Incidents

    In 2014, with the guidance of our clients and executive leadership, the Safety & Quality Department was tasked with initiating our “Focus 3” program. Focus 3 was IB Abel’s tool to address hazards, and even more specifically, life-threatening hazards that we are faced with in the electrical trades. Focus 3 is specifically our tool to address Critical Steps. It’s our expectation of how to mitigate those steps—the worker is expected to utilize Self-Check, Peer Check, and Stop/Timeout when appropriate.

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  • Not a Moment to Spare

    It’s a good thing the team at IB Abel enjoys challenges, because they were in ample supply on a recent job for Pratt and Whitney. The manufacturer produces precision equipment and components for the Department of Defense and private industry. The company had an expansion project that required them to increase their existing electrical service.

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  • Room to Grow

    When Columbia Gas outgrew its existing facility in York, the utility opted to move into a new facility that would meet all of its current needs and give it room to grow. They selected the former Green’s Dairy freezer building on Colonial Drive and teamed up with IB Abel, LSC Design, Kinsley Construction, and Walton to renovate the building.

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