MANSFIELD, OH - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 688 celebrated its 100th anniversary over the weekend.
On May 17, 1917, 21 electrical workers chartered a union in Mansfield now known as IBEW Local 688, located at 67 South Walnut Street in Mansfield.
A celebration marking the milestone was held at the Kehoe Center in Shelby.
IBEW 688 represents electrical construction workers in Richland County and seven surrounding counties as well as CenturyLink employees in Mansfield, Lucas, Shiloh, Lexington, Bellville, Butler, and Ontario.
“The milestone achieved is rare in today’s culture, but IBEW 688 has persevered through ups and downs," said IBEW Local 688 Business Manager, Carl Neutzling.
"Our members have built and maintained many of the industrial, commercial, and residential properties in the area and provided the main source of telephone and data for the Mansfield area.”
With 200 members locally, the IBEW nationwide represents more than 650,000 workers in many disciplines including railroad, manufacturing, construction, utility, broadcasting, and telephone.