Being a lineman is tough work — it is a job that often involves bad weather, dangerous situations and very long hours. For three decades, Huskie Tools, Glendale Heights, Ill., has been making precision hydraulic compression and cutting products to help linemen throughout the United States do their jobs safely and more efficiently while serving the electrical needs of their communities. To celebrate its 30th anniversary within the utility industry, Huskie Tools reached out nationwide earlier this year to find out more about the linemen behind its tools in the “Huskie Tools Hero Contest.”
James Robison, lineman, first class, for New Hampshire Electric Co-op, Plymouth, N.H., emerged as the hero. An industry veteran for nearly two decades, Robison has gained the respect of his fellow linemen and is known for his strong work ethic, commitment to his company and dedication to his community, which prompted his wife Sheila to secretly nominate her husband of 21 years after seeing a Huskie Tools ad in an industry publication earlier this year.
“After reviewing all of the submissions, we were most impressed with James' respect for dangerous conditions, smart approach to situations with safety in mind and his commitment to looking out for the men working by his side,” said Tom Itrich, chief executive officer of Huskie Tools. “James truly embodies what Huskie Tools is all about and we're proud to extend this honor to him as we commemorate 30 years of serving linemen nationwide.”
As the winner of the contest, Robison receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Chicago including airfare, local transportation, accommodations at a top-rated hotel, celebration dinner and a tour of the Huskie Tools headquarters outside the city. Robison will also participate in the new Huskie Tools Ambassador program, joining other linemen throughout the country in sharing feedback and input on industry issues and product needs.
“It's an honor to be acknowledged by Huskie Tools for the work that I do every day,” says Robison.
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