Turtle & Hughes to Host Ideal Industries Elite Tradesman National Championships

posted Thursday Jul 12, 2018 by TURTLE & HUGHES in Corporate Announcements

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 7:00am to 2:00pm; 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, FL. 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 or sign up at a branch the day of the competition.

Event Dates and Locations
Wednesday, July 18, 7:00am to 2:00pm
Turtle & Hughes
68 South Jefferson Road
Whippany, NJ 07981

Thursday, July 26, 7:00am to 2:00pm
Turtle & Hughes
188 Foothill Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Tuesday, August 21, 7:00am to 2:00pm
Turtle & Hughes
1260 North Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07062

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is a global, diversified family business designing and manufacturing superior products and tools for professional tradesmen in the electrical, wire processing, data communications, aerospace, automotive and construction industries. The company was founded in 1916 on the premise of forging ideal relationships with customers, employees and communities. The company has consistently grown and expanded under four generations of family ownership.

About Turtle & Hughes
Turtle & Hughes, established in 1923, is an independent woman-owned market leader in the Northeast with operations from Boston to Philadelphia, as well as in Texas, Louisiana and Southern California. It is ranked among the top 20 electrical distribution companies nationwide and services the industrial, construction, commercial, electrical contracting, export and utility markets. Turtle & Hughes Integrated Supply (THIS), a division of Turtle & Hughes, services Fortune 100 companies in the growing integrated supply market. It operates nationwide, and in Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. It has been widely recognized as one of the industry leaders in providing world-class integrated supply programs.

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