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Wireless contractor’s bookkeeper says she’s not guilty of pilfering $3.6 million to buy properties

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A 47-year-old Osburn, Idaho woman accused of stealing millions of dollars from a Rathdrum, Idaho wireless construction company pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. Magistrate Court in Coeur d’Alene. Trina M. Welch pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of wire fraud, which can carry up to 20 years in prison. Court records identify that Welch stole $3.6 million from  Kasco …

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Tower techs still road warriors as COVID-19 cancels industry’s shows and non-essential travel

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Last week, most wireless infrastructure companies were supporting a mostly “business as usual” mentality regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, but they’re now reassessing their preventative plans daily as the industry finds itself struggling to keep abreast of the almost hourly information being provided by news media, health organizations and government agencies. Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President of Operations, Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC, …

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Weekend decision shutters IWCE’s 2020 Las Vegas conference due to COVID 19 concerns

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The International Wireless Communications Expo’s IWCE 2020 conference scheduled to take place March 30 – April 3 in Las Vegas has been cancelled due to concerns about attendees traveling and networking at a conference with the inherent possibly of being exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID 19). On Friday, IWCE said the show was a go since a large number of enhanced on-site …

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Plea deal cuts $97,000 due wireless contractor that was embezzled by bookkeeper

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If you are looking for a bookkeeper for your wireless construction company, there’s an Indianapolis, Ind. woman that is able to fulfill that role. But if you ask her previous employer’s owner, John Hammel of Tower Service and Manufacturing, for a recommendation, it is unlikely that it will be flattering. However, he would be pleased to see 52-year-old Tonia Cherry …

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Tennessee tornado trashes tower training complex, but ComStar rebounds in 24 hours

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The tornado that tore through East Nashville, Tennessee Tuesday morning shredded one of the nation’s largest tower technician training facilities to pieces, but through the support of many individuals and companies, ComStar LLC was back up and running in less than 24 hours, with only “minor hiccups,” President Rick Ledford informed Wireless Estimator. Knowing that the tornado had cut a …

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Fuentez, Haldane, Nicks and Siegel to join National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Paul Fuentez, Central Region Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Ericsson, Andy Haldane, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tower Engineering Professionals (TEP), Joe Nicks, Director of Safety for PeakNet Services and Robert Siegel, Executive Director at ENSA North America have been appointed as members of the Alliance’s Board of …

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NATE provides the industry with their free sUAS Operations Best Practices Advisory drone resource

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today officially released the NATE sUAS Operations Best Practices Advisory resource. This in-depth, 38-page document becomes the latest in a line of commercial drone-related resources that NATE’s UAS Committee and its cadre of aviation subject-matter experts have developed. NATE is providing this resource as an industry-specific guideline manual for carrying out UAS operations for …

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Drouin, Coleman, Lekutis to lead Tower Family Foundation as it aids wireless workers, their families

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The Tower Family Foundation announced today the non-profit organization’s Executive Board Member leadership team for 2020. Victor Drouin, President of Green Mountain Communications, Inc. in Pembroke, New Hampshire, was elected to serve as the new President of the Tower Family Foundation Board of Directors. As President, Drouin replaces Jim Tracy from Legacy Telecommunications, LLC. in Gig Harbor, Washington, whose Board …

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New York tower tech who died last year in New Jersey reportedly didn’t have climber training

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Pushing the six-month window of opportunity to issue fines against a New York company who lost a tower tech in New Jersey on June 28, 2019, Marlton New Jersey’s OSHA office issued five serious citations against Rise & Rise Wireless Inc. (R&R) totaling $42,432 on December 12, 2019. Last month, in an informal settlement, OSHA reduced the fines to $38,000. …

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NATE’s convention attendance total soars above last year’s count

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For the eighth year in a row, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association saw an increase in their annual convention’s attendance at their Raleigh, North Carolina show last month with an enviable surge of 18% over 2019, with a record 2,416 registrants, according to NATE UNITE Registration Manager Nikki Gronau. The 367 increase in attendance eclipsed the association’s first show’s …

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Crown Castle monopole site is the latest victim of a Memphis cell tower arsonist

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A 145-foot Crown Castle monopole site had equipment damaged by fire on February 17, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee, and Memphis fire officials are stating that it appears to have been intentionally set, causing approximately $75,000 in damage at the 4087 Summer Avenue site which is surrounded by apartments and a shopping plaza. Although the fire was first reported about 11:00 …

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Swiss army knife of helicopters’ antenna pick is a must see NATE Climber Connection video

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Crank up the bass, sit back and enjoy an epic video ride alongside pilots of the Erickson Air-Crane, the Swiss army knife of helicopters as it lifts a repack antenna to the top of a broadcast tower in Jacksonville, Florida, courtesy of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. The breath-taking video focused on the topic of Helicopter Lifts as the first …

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Avetta takes contractors’ heat, says it will complete BROWZ integration by September, add employees

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Compliance company Avetta’s representatives were on the hot seat  during a NATE UNITE 2020 educational session in Raleigh, North Carolina last Tuesday as well as during a dinner the following evening. Avetta was proactive during the conference to allay rising contractor concerns over the way they charge and manage onboarding and compliance reviews for the major carriers and towercos. The …

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NATE Raleigh show was alight with donations to the Tower Family Foundation

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The NATE UNITE 2020 conference last week in Raleigh, North Carolina showcased numerous companies that made donations to the Tower Family Foundation, a non-profit charitable support arm for tower workers injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communications structures or other on the job related activities. During an exhibit hall presentation, SAC Wireless presented the …

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Win $100 by guessing the number of attendees at NATE UNITE 2020’s record-breaking show

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Step back Grapevine, Texas and make room for Raleigh, North Carolina as the host of NATE – The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association’s largest attended conference in the association’s 25-year history. The event ended today. Last year, a record was set with 2,059 registrants. However, this year, according to an early tally that will not be finalized until next week, the Tar …

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NATE’s rebranding clearly captures additional wireless contracting skillsets employed today

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As part of the Association’s 25th year anniversary milestone, NATE today unveiled a new logo and descriptor tag-line designed to honor the organizations proud past and capture its promising future in the rapidly evolving communications infrastructure industry. Effective immediately, the organization will be referred to as NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. The Association made the announcement by debuting a …

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Jim Miller and Ken Meador given top honors at NATE UNITE 2020 for their years of service

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today honored Jim Miller, CEO of EasTex Tower, LLC and Executive Advisor of Enertech Holdings, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ken Meador, former President of TWR Lighting, Inc. in Houston, Texas during the Awards & Sponsor Recognition Luncheon at NATE UNITE 2020. Jim was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service …

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NATE and Tower Family Foundation award their Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Elijah Sullivan, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2020 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards and Sponsor Recognition Luncheon …

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Miller to remain at the helm of NATE with fellow execs Jones and Dougherty

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NATE announced today that Board of Directors’ members Jimmy Miller, John Paul (JP) Jones and Kevin Dougherty were re-elected by their peers to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2020 Conference and Trade Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jimmy Miller, President and CEO …