Solomon Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day
April 19, 2016
Solomon Corporation honors the men and women who work day-in and day-out to provide safe and reliable power to customers across the country. They make our lives easier, working behind the scenes with little fanfare, and it’s only fitting that we honor them for the contributions they make.
“Linemen perform an important job every day of the year,” said Tom Hemmer, CEO of Solomon Corporation. “They really sacrifice after storms and work long hours, sometimes in the elements and in dangerous conditions, to help our lives return to normal. They work quickly to keep our lights on, our businesses running, and our homes comfortable.”
In April 2013, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to honor linemen for their dedication and work and to keep the power on and protect public safety.
The resolution “recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day” passed by unanimous consent.
This year, Solomon will have an enter-to-win contest for a framed and matted work of art called “The Lineman.” We will give away two of these this year. In addition, we will also give away a book published in 2015 called “The American Lineman” by Alan Drew.
Honoring linemen throughout the year
Solomon Corporation celebrates the contributions linemen make to our communities every year. We sponsor the International Lineman’s Rodeo, a competition that focuses on lineman safety. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 in Bonner Springs, KS.
We also sponsor a Rodeo Association Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to assist students entering into an Electrical Lineman Training School. To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be the son or daughter of a Journeyman Lineman, or recommended by a Journeyman Lineman.
Additionally, our employees hold a fundraiser each summer at a local festival and donate the proceeds to The Fallen Lineman Organization, whose mission is to memorialize fallen electrical line workers, and care for the families who have lost or whose lives are impacted by a severe injury of a loved one in the line of duty.