The NECA Industry Partner Award recognizes organizations
or individuals that, though not members of the National
Electrical Contractors Association, contribute to the electrical contracting industry’s success through their decisions,
actions, or cooperation with NECA. The 2014 NECA Industry Partner Award pays homage to Westex, Inc., the world
leader in the manufacture of flame-resistant (FR) fabric,
for its long-term and ongoing work with our organization
in the pursuit of improved worker safety.
Westex opened shop in Chicagoland just after World War
I. The company’s expertise was established during World
War II when the United States military commissioned in-
novative FR technology from this source.
Another milestone was achieved when Westex launched a
major research and development program, employing
custom engineered equipment with proprietary processing
steps, in 1987. It led to the creation of the innovative Indura®
line of fabrics — the first cotton fabric engineered to provide guaranteed flame resistance.
Today, Westex’s primary business centers on production
of the industry’s premier brands UltraSoft®, UltraSoft AC®
and Indura®, which are specified by thousands of end-users with millions of garments in service worldwide for
protection from electric arc flash, flash fire and ferrous
Westex was one of the first companies to sign on to the
NECA Premier Partner program in 2008 and continues
to support our association at this high level of sponsor-
ship. Westex is, for example, a leading sponsor of the
annual NECA Show and has presented safety forums in
connection with NECA’s convention. Beginning in 2012, the
manufacturer stepped up involvement in NECA’s annual
safety conference, which is now known as the “NECA Safety
Professional’s Conference Presented by Westex.”
This company has also been a Platinum Training Partner
to the Electrical Training Alliance and a Partner in Safety to
the IBEW for the past several years.
“By providing training
and protective apparel
to industry, Westex is
responsible for preventing an untold number
of devastating incidents
that could have resulted
from an unfortunate
event in the workplace,”
said NECA Safety Director Wes Wheeler.
“These incidents are
seldomly reported or
make the news, but the
fact the worker is safe
is due to the dedication to safety that is
demonstrated constantly by Westex.”
You are invited to visit
Westex in Booth 1030
at the upcoming NECA
Show (Sept. 27-30). ;
The NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical
Safety in the Workplace requires employees to wear flame-resistant clothing
“wherever there is a possible exposure
to an electric arc flash.” Not only does
Westex produce the necessary protective apparel; this world leader in the
manufacture of flame-resistant (FR)
fabric also provides education and training to help contractors and workers meet
ALL the 70E requirements, stay safe,
and keep their customers safe.
The highest tribute bestowed by ELECTRI International,
the Wendt Award recognizes exemplary leadership and service
to the electrical industry. It is named in honor of the philosophical and financial commitments made to the industry
by one of its premier members, the late Albert G. Wendt,
former president of Cannon & Wendt Electric in Phoenix,
Arizona. Daniel J. Divane IV, 2013-2014 chair of the ELECTRI
Council and vice chair on the ELECTRI International board
of trustees, has earned this distinction.
ELECTRI International leads the electrical construction industry in business research and education. The ELECTRI
Council is comprised of the major contributors to ELECTRI
International, the leaders of the industry, and provides the
blue-ribbon tasks forces that help guide each ELECTRI-com-missioned research project to completion.
As the chair of the ELECTRI Council, Divane works closely
with contractors, industry allies, and the academic commu-
nity to ensure that ELECTRI’s research agenda meets the in-
dustry’s needs. He also champions Foundation-driven edu-
cational programs and the Talent Initiative, designed to
attract the best and brightest college graduates to our in-
dustry. In addition, he has succeeded beyond expectations
in energizing support for the organization, particularly from
NECA chapters. His past service to ELECTRI includes his
work on its Program Review and Investment Committees.
Divane’s involvement with ELECTRI correlates with his
leadership as president of Divane Bros. Electric in Chicago.
The company, now in its third generation of family ownership, has provided quality services to the transportation, aviation, general construction and communication industries
for more than 80 years and has also participated in several
research task force groups for ELECTRI. In this regard, Dan
Divane follows in the footsteps of his uncle, Bill Divane, one
of ELECTRI’s founding contributors.
For more information about ELECTRI International and
the products of its research, visit www.ELECTRI.org.
Westex Earns NECA Industry Partner Award Through Shared Dedication To Safety
ELECTRI Foundation Recognizes Daniel J. Divane IV’s Service With 2014 Wendt Award