Turtle & Hughes Hosts Ideal Industries National Championship

LINDEN, N.J. — Do you have what it takes to be the best electrician in North America? Test your skills this summer at a Turtle & Hughes office in Whippany (July 18), Bridgewater (July 26) or Plainfield, New Jersey (August 21), when they host the IDEAL INDUSTRIES Elite Tradesman National Championships. Throughout the competition, over $600k in cash and prizes will be awarded by IDEAL.

According to the IDEAL website, the third annual event is “a highly-charged, no-holds-barred competition to determine the best electrician in North America. Get amped to show your skills, test your limits, and compete against some of the best tradesmen and women in the industry.”

“It’s been a lot of fun to partner with IDEAL and see the remarkable skills of these electricians at work,” explains Andrea Barrall, Director of Marketing at Turtle & Hughes. “Two years ago, a customer/contractor who competed at our Whippany branch posted the fastest time in Central New Jersey and went on to compete in the finals. We know that New Jersey has top talent and we hope that the next winner will be from our area,” she said.

Advancing to the Championships
December 2-3, 2018
Disney Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
All three Turtle & Hughes branches will host professional-level competitions from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; contestants should arrive early to register and compete. They will be tested across five categories: pulling, cutting, stripping and terminating wire, and performing a continuity test. Michael Dilloian of IDEAL INDUSTRIES will be on-site as a Factory Direct Area Sales Manager supervising each of the branch events, giving instructions, and recording official times.

Other first-round events are being held across the country and in Canada. Last year, about 30,000 electrical professionals and students/apprentices participated as individuals or teams; 168 qualified for the championship rounds. The professional and student/apprentice with the fastest times in each state/territory will advance to the Championship Weekend, December 2-3 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There will be 24 Wild Card slots for the 12 fastest individuals (professional and student/apprentice) who do not win their state/territory. The top five professional and student/apprentice teams from the U.S. and the top professional and student/apprentice team from Canada will also advance to the Championship Weekend. The top prize of $75,000 plus $5,000 in IDEALcash will be awarded to the individual who wins the professional category.

To register for a Turtle & Hughes event, go to IDEALnationals.com or sign up at a branch the day of the competition.

Event Dates and Locations
Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Turtle & Hughes
68 South Jefferson Road
Whippany, N.J. 07981

Thursday, July 26, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Turtle & Hughes
188 Foothill Road
Bridgewater, N.J. 08807

Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Turtle & Hughes
1260 North Avenue
Plainfield, N.J. 07062

IDEAL tools will be provided at all Turtle & Hughes events, but new in 2018, competitors will be allowed to use their own IDEAL tools for a leg-up on the competition.

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