2022 Year in Review: Mike Holmberg

Got Robot? 2022 was an awesome year on the robotics side of the business, as Mike Holmberg explains. We sold over 25 robotic systems – everything from people making golf balls, to a machine that de-pans muffins. We’ve sold eight of our PALIT systems and installed those at Ken’s Foods. That’s taken off and provides our customers with a solution move heavy boxes around without having to break their backs while doing it.

Our success in 2022, wouldn’t have been possible without the great support of our talented engineering staff and Panel Shop employees.

2022 Year in Review: Bob Bacon

In this 2022 Year in Review video, Bob Bacon explains how Elm’s business continues to prosper and shares his highlight from the year — one where our own Joe Chartier applied his safety training and over prepared for a situation that could have gone horribly wrong.

“We’re wrapping up our 50th year and the fact that we can make money, treat our people right and fair, treat our customers well and fair, help out the community and be extremely safe – to do all those things and still make enough money to be a healthy company – I’m happy to wrap up our 50th year and be able to say that,” Bob said.

2022 Year in Review: Brian Palazzi

The core of Service is reaction time. Clients depend on us to be there when something goes down and they rely on us to get them back up and running. As Brian Palazzi explains, in 2022, we’ve shortened reaction time over previous years. Our people in the field are amazing about managing their time and getting places fast and finding a solution. They’re mad scientists in the field making things happen every day.

2022 Year in Review: Brad Miller

ONE Development’s Brad Miller explains how 2022 saw several workers in the field and foreman-level workers step up and advance into supervisory roles. That’s allowed ONE to grow and take on more work. ONE has also been fortunate to hire new employees with an array of skillsets to make the company more diverse and give us the ability to bid more jobs successfully for projects in sectors we wouldn’t have had in the past.

2022 Year in Review: Bob Houghton

In 2022, Safety rolled out its new hazard assessment platform – an electronic version – making it much more user-friendly. Job Box Talks are also now available on mobile.

Thanks to everyone’s continued commitment to working safety, Elm received the highest safety award honor from the Associated Builders and Contractors — the ABC STEP Diamond Award. The award is based on our safety record, policies and what Elm does for training. Elm had always made the gold and platinum level of the award, but this was the first time taking home the diamond.

The safety department — Bob Houghton and Nick Mulveyhill — would like to thank everyone for another year of taking safety to the next level. Your continued efforts helping us rollout the new Hazard Assessment and Job Box Talks are greatly appreciated. We’d like to thank you again and wish everyone safe and happy holidays.

Recognizing Elm’s newest journeyman electricians; Elm Holiday Party returns Dec. 17

Elm’s Holiday Party returns on December 17. Don’t forget to RSVP! You can do so via the Elm Portal, by emailing Elm@elmelec.com, or by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSBB88Q

Elm University Success

Elm University is proud to announce recent Elm U graduates who have passed their Massachusetts Journeyman’s Exam and now join the ranks of Journeyman Electrician here at Elm. These employees have toughed out no less than four years of classroom education and on the job training to accomplish this task. These employees will continue the long traditions here at Elm of Electrical Safety and the Quality of Installation that makes Elm stand out above the rest.

We are proud to share the success of the below employees. The instructors at Elm University are proud of you and would like to thank you for your efforts!

On Saturday, November 19, Ian Saltmarsh competed in the ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Local Craft Championship in Medford, MA. As you can see in the pictures, Ian represented Elm very well and we are thrilled that Ian is the first to compete in competition.

Congratulations to the following Elm employees celebrating a work anniversary in November!

Please help us give a nice, warm welcome to the following new hires at Elm:

One Development breaks ground on massive NUPRO Manufacturing Facility

On November 14, One Development broke ground on the NUPRO Manufacturing Facility located at 12 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield, MA. 

The development consists of the construction of a 100,000 square foot Butler Building, which includes offices, manufacturing, maintenance, 24,000 square feet of mezzanine space and a storage warehouse. The development will also involve the construction of a parking area and loading dock apron. The proposed building will have employee and customer parking located on the eastern side of the proposed building with loading docks and refuse container located on the western side of the building.

The tools Elm uses to perform proper layouts

By Tim Rzeszutek

If you been working at Elm for any extended period of time, you’ve probably heard someone say, “It’s all about the layout.”

What does that mean? Best case is someone is talking about some well thought through and organized conduit racks that look like art work, a weekend shutdown wire pull that went off without a hitch where the wire practically pulled itself in, or a service upgrade that required extensive measuring so that the new equipment slid right into place. Hopefully this is the case.

It could also be used sarcastically… when you got lucky and everything came together. I like to think that this is just good karma because you were working hard putting in the effort doing your best to plan every last move.

Finally, it can be used in disgust. You showed up to help someone else out on a weekend shutdown and nothing is planned, the tools or materials needed are not on site and you’re watching thousands of dollars being wasted in inefficiencies. If this is the case, take a minute to compose yourself and use this as a coaching moment. We’ve all been there in some form or another as we were learning on the job. The military special forces personnel have a saying, “slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” Everything they do is well planned step by step.

Another good thing to keep in mind are the 5P’s (Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance). There is another version of the 5P’s, but I’ll let your coworkers explain it to you.

The goal of this column is to show you what we have and give you some basic insight as to how it can be utilized. If you have questions or want more information on how you can use the tools listed below, feel free to reach out to us. Self-investing and taking the time to stay up on the latest tools and processes is how Elm has made itself stand out for over 50 years. I can tell you from my own experience that learning something new and seeing it improve our day to day work performance is a great feeling, but teaching it to someone else and watching them take it to the next level is even better.

Now that we have some context as to what, “It’s all about the layout,” means and what the goal of this column is, let’s dive into some the tools that Elm has to help you perform proper layouts. We will do a deeper dive into some of these in upcoming months. Click the headings below to see a video of how these tools work.

Center Point Knockout Layout Tool

  • Perfect conduit layout for punching and standardized conduit spacing
  • A must-have for every journeyman and apprentice

Bluebeam Revu PDF Viewer and markup software

  • By far the most used tool that any foreman, estimator, PM, engineer should be fluent in. This is used all day everyday by our crews to review drawings, measure in drawings, create layouts, create scaled sketches, mark up documents, etc.
  • If you don’t have this you need it and if you have this and you don’t know how to use it, you better dive in and start learning it

Standard Laser Layout tools

  • Excellent for laying out overhead or wall mounted conduit racks
  • Recessed light fixtures in ceilings
  • Setting all your in-wall rough boxes quickly to the same height

Autodesk Revit

  • 3D Modeling software that we use to create models for collaboration on projects with others and to create 2D drawings sets
  • Items created in this model can have their coordinates exported into total station to complete layouts rather than using traditional tape measures
  • Point Cloud files can be imported so that you can model existing conditions
  • All aspects of construction can be modeled in Revit
    • Architectural
    • Structural
    • Mechanical piping
    • Mechanical ductwork
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing

EVOLVE Electrical Add in to Revit

  • Add in software that allows us to draw conduit, cable tray, boxes, electrical equipment, hangers, etc. and detail it out after general routing is approved and signed off on to what we call “manufacturing level details,” which is what we would kick to prefab for fabrication and shipment to the job site

Robotic Total Stations

  • Precise indoor and outdoor conduit stub ups, conduit drops, or conduit wall penetrations
  • Equipment layout on concrete pads
  • Anchor bolt locations
  • Ceiling trapeze hanger layout

Rotary Laser

  • Ideal for underground conduit layout where rigid conduits need to rise out of slab work at the perfect height
  • Pitching drains lines
  • Setting concrete pad heights

GPS Survey Equipment

  • Precise outdoor conduit stub ups, concrete pads, etc.
  • Advantage over total station is the lack of a need for line of sight connection. On a job site there is a lot of moving people and equipment that can slow down layout as they effect your line of site vision with RTS.

Laser Scanners

  • Scan existing indoor or outdoor conditions to create as many pixelated images over the areas you want to capture. Take these pixelated images into a software to do what we call “the registration process,” which blends all these individual images into one master point cloud file. These files then are used to draw existing conditions in 3D software so we can model in conduits, electrical equipment, show renovations, etc. These files are usually brought into Autodesk Revit

Employee Spotlight: Annie Brozini

Q: How long have you been working at Elm?

A: I have been working at Elm for about a year and seven months.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your role at Elm?

A: I am a BIM/VDC Engineer, working on creating 3D models designing electrical equipment / structural designs for framework and equipment supports; designing and creating 3D models for overall projects (layout plans, architectural design/plans, etc.); and working in the field with the Trimble total station, surveying and scanning existing buildings for proposed project layouts.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy most about working at Elm?

A: Things I enjoy most about working at Elm is how work flow is very hands-on. Being able to work out in the field and in the office, learning and experiencing what goes on in the field then creating models and plans in office. When everything is complete and the models are built and at the job site, it’s an awesome feeling being able to see your final work in real life.

Q: What has been one of your most rewarding experiences at Elm?

A: One of my most rewarding experiences at Elm would be every time I finish a project or model and being able to see my work on the site. Design proposals and layouts can be very difficult when trying to fit new equipment or conduit runs around existing components. It’s challenging trying to find ways to make everything work and flow. It’s so rewarding when I can finally figure out a way to make it work, and makes the challenges and struggle worth it when both the client and team are happy and seeing it work in the field.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A: When I’m not working, I like to spend my time outdoors, whether it’s hiking, snowboarding/skateboarding, or being on the water, all with friends and family. I love going to concerts, which have taken up a lot of my weekends. After work on my week days you can usually find me hanging out with my chickens, so fresh eggs if anyone wants some! (: