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Ray Angelini, Inc. Recognized 9th Consecutive Year With Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Award

SEWELL, NJ (May 23, 2017)—Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently earned the Citation of Merit Certificate in the 89th Annual Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program for achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during calendar year 2016.

“I am proud to accept the Governor’s award on behalf of RAI employees for the ninth year in a row,” said Raymond J. Angelini, founder and president, RAI. “We pride ourselves in consistently educating and communicating safety as our number one priority, and this award is recognition of everyone’s continuous relentless work, upholding the highest standards for safety.”

Founded in 1974, Ray Angelini, Inc. is a multi-services, commercial electrical contractor that builds and maintains all types of electrical projects. Services include: Commercial and industrial electrical contracting for entities such as data centers, hospitals, and utility substations; alternative energy provider, specifically solar EPC and maintenance, cogeneration construction, and LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and cell tower construction/modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning. RAI has the ability to work at all voltages and with all substation equipment and experienced tag-holder personnel to provide safe, reliable services.

To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

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RAI Participates in National Safety Stand-Down Week Fourth Year in a Row

During the week of May 7, 2017,  Ray Angelini Inc. and it’s employees participated in The 4th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The week-long safety campaign encourages employers to set aside time to discuss the importance of fall prevention measures. Falls are the leading cause of death among construction industry workers; thus, companies and workers observe a pause during the workday for a bit of education and emphasis through topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

RAI participates each year by utilizing safety meetings, Toolbox Talks, and inspections of all fall protection systems. The stand-downs also provided management and field employees with the opportunity to openly discuss hazards, protective methods and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

Pictured below is the OSHA Certificate of Participation RAI received for joining thousands of employers in the 2017 Fall Prevention Stand-Down. This certificate of participation is in recognition of the time and effort RAI and its employees devoted to educating and discussing preventing falls with work crews. Of course, every day we need to identify ways to prevent falls and appreciate our dedication to the prevention of falls at all worksites.

James Specht
Safety Director
Ray Angelini, Inc.

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RAI Ranks #2 In Safety Among 2,649 NJ Electrical Contractors – NJCRIB Three-Year EMR Rankings Announced

SEWELL, NJ (April 7, 2017)—Electrical contractor Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently lowered its Experience Modification Rate (EMR) from .556 to .483 according to the New Jersey Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau (NJCRIB), Newark, NJ.

“I am extremely proud of the entire RAI team for improving an already stellar EMR ranking,” said Raymond J. Angelini, Founder and President, Ray Angelini, Inc. “It is our main focus to provide a safe working environment for our employees, so they go home to family safe and well each day.  It takes all of us working together to make this happen.”

“The prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses is a vital part of RAI’s overall program,” said Angelini. “Our ‘Tool Box Talks’ and management safety meetings are held weekly to keep employees well informed on the latest safety systems and techniques.”

“Each employee takes personal responsibility to raise his or her own safety awareness in planning and performing work assignments,” says Jim Specht, Safety Director, RAI. “Our comprehensive approach to safety has earned our firm numerous safety awards from many of our customers, our insurance company and a number of industry organizations.”

“EMR rankings update every three years and have a considerable impact on a business,” added Specht. “It is a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk.”  According the Specht, the lower the EMR of your business, the lower your worker compensation insurance premiums.

“EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average,” says Specht. “If a business has an EMR greater than 1.0 then there has been a worker compensation claim that its insurance provider has paid.”

To mitigate an insurance company’s risk, the insurer raises the business’s worker compensation premiums. An EMR of 1.2 would mean that insurance premiums could be as high as 20% more than a company with an EMR of 1.0. That 20% difference must be passed on to clients in the form of increased bids for work. A company with a lower EMR has a competitive advantage, because they pay less for insurance.

Companies can lower its EMR. A safety program that eliminates hazards and prevents injuries is the starting point. No injuries equal no claims.

“Having a plan to manage injuries and workers compensation claims is a must to get control of the EMR,” says Specht.

Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini, RAI is known for actively managing its company’s health and safety program to ensure compliance with all Local, State, Federal, Company, and Customer requirements.

RAI EMR: .483
Equals #2 ranking of 2,649 NJ Electrical Contractors

NJCRIB EXPERIENCE RATING MODIFICATION RESULTS
Gov. 5190

Total Insureds: 2649

Name: RAY ANGELINI, INC.
City: SEWELL
Gov.: 5190
Mod: .483
Expir. Date: 3/1/2018

About NJCRIB

NJCRIB is charged by statute to encourage employers to reduce the number and severity of accidents by adjusting premiums through the use of credits and debits under a uniform system of experience rating; establish and maintain rules, regulations and premium rates for workers compensation and employers liability insurance; and adopt means for assuring uniform and accurate audit of payrolls as they relate to workers compensation insurance.  www.njcrib.com

About RAI

RAI is a multi-services electrical contractor that builds and maintains all types of electrical projects. Services include: commercial and industrial electrical contracting for entities such as data centers, hospitals, and utility substations; alternative energy provider, specifically solar EPC and maintenance, cogeneration construction, and LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and cell tower construction/modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning. RAI has the ability to work at all voltages and with all substation equipment and experienced tag-holder personnel to provide the highest level of safety and reliability. www.raiservices.com

 

 

Micro Grid Project to Shrink Carbon Footprint and Energy Bills for New Jersey Senior Living Facility

South Jersey-Based Alternative Energy Specialist Ray Angelini Inc. Provides All Construction Services On Project

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 22, 2016)—On Earth Day, Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) celebrated along with industry allies, the recent completion of a $8.9 million sustainable makeover of the Masonic Village senior living community, Burlington, NJ, a project that makes Masonic Village part of the trend toward energy efficient and resilient senior living facilities in the northeastern United States.

Energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., alternative energy specialist Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), Blue Sky Power LLC, and MCFA Global teamed up to complete the design, engineering, construction, and financing on the Masonic Village campus-wide micro grid project. The project will result in carbon and cost savings at no capital expense to the charitable organization.

“The upgrades will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 452 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of negating more than one million miles driven by the average car,” said Mike Wessner, business development manager, RAI.

“With this project, ENER-G Rudox delivers a solution that many are excited about, but few have accomplished. We have been able to turn the ‘academic’ potential of microgrids that drives analysts’ optimism, into a practical real world solution. The total package will provide economic benefits, as well as redundancy and sustainability for Masonic Village,” said Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox.

The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 450-acre campus include the installation of a highly efficient 498 kW natural gas CHP system that provides heat and electricity for the facility. Additionally, the project includes comprehensive lighting and boiler plant upgrades to reduce the facility’s current energy profile.

“RAI constructed, installed and integrated the CHP system with the facility’s existing 1.16 megawatt solar PV field and 1.5 megawatt standby diesel generator,” said Wessner. “This integration enables 100% operational capability in the event of a grid outage.”

The project is financed using the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement. Under this arrangement, the Masonic Charity Foundation is responsible for $0 in up-front investment capital and receives a guaranteed minimum savings of $209,000 per year over the 20-year contract term.

“The Masonic Village at Burlington is an outstanding facility dedicated to its residents The unity of purpose of the Board of Trustees, ENER-G, MCFA, RAI and Blue Sky Power combined with the support of the Board of Public Utilities and PSE&G enabled us to bring a truly innovative clean energy micro gird to fruition at the almost 120 year old facility, making it one of the most sustainable, energy efficient and resilient senior living communities in the country,” said Ben Parvey, CEO of Blue Sky Power.

“Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for distributed generation technologies due to their operating profiles and infrastructure requirements. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen an increased interest in improving resiliency in these facilities,” Goodman continued. “However, many facility managers are unaware of the fact that they can improve resiliency while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint and saving money. The Masonic Village project illustrates this capability, and thus enables the facility to remain on the cutting edge of its industry.”

The economic benefits of CHP are derived from improved efficiency in comparison to traditional utility-grade power plants. While the typical plant is 35 percent efficient and loses an additional 1-2 percent in transmission, onsite CHP technologies can reach efficiencies of over 85 percent by reusing the waste heat that is a natural by-product of electric generation. In addition, incentives are available in New Jersey and other states to help offset the cost of CHP projects. The Masonic Village received a $996,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for execution of this project.

“It takes a forward thinking executive team to accomplish a project of this magnitude, and we would like to thank the Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ and Ashlar Creative Solutions for their contributions throughout this process.” said Goodman. “In addition, the staff at PSE&G, TRC, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities all played critical roles in making this project happen, and showed exactly why New Jersey is a national leader in alternative energy adoption. We would also like to thank our partners at Blue Sky Power, Ray Angelini Inc. and MCFA Global, who continue to set themselves apart in their ability to facilitate and execute these types of projects.”

“RAI has long made it a goal to provide construction means and methods for alternative energy solutions,” says RAI President and Founder Raymond J. Angelini. “We are dedicated to being stewards of our environment and applaud Masonic Village for its achievement with this special project.”

For more information on this project, or to have a free CHP feasibility study performed for your building, please contact Ray Angelini, Inc.:  856-228-5566; info@raiservices.com, http://www.raiservices.com

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RAI Founder and President
Ray Angelini (left) with NJ Board
of Public Utilities Commissioner
Upendra Chivukula.
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(From left to right) Michael Fuhman, Managing Principal,
MCFA Global; Ben Parvey, Blue Sky Power;
Ray Angelini, Ray Angelini, Inc.;
Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox, Inc.

$3.2 Million Clean Energy Infrastructure Project To Shrink Carbon Footprint, Improve Operations at Philadelphia Senior Living Facility

South Jersey-Based Contractor Ray Angelini, Inc.
Completes Mechanical and Electrical Components

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 18, 2016)—New Jersey-based energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc.—in conjunction with clean energy specialists Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), Blue Sky Power LLC, and MCFA Global—recently completed the design, engineering, construction, and financing of a sustainable makeover project at Cathedral Village, a Philadelphia-based continuing care retirement community.

The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 40-acre campus include the installation of an energy efficient 265 kilowatt natural gas CHP system to provide heat and electricity for the retirement community. Additionally, the project includes comprehensive lighting upgrades throughout the facility and the replacement of six rooftop heating and cooling units.

RAI was responsible for the overall construction of the project. The CHP, a 265 kilowatt natural gas powered cogeneration unit, was tied into the Boiler House loop to help supplement heat and interconnected to the incoming 15 kilovolts utility service.

“RAI completed this project with little to no downtime or inconvenience to the community’s residents,” said Mike Wessner, business development manager, RAI.

The entire project is financed with the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement. Under this 20-year arrangement, Cathedral Village had $0 in up-front investment capital and expects to reduce its utility electric bill by over $145,000 annually. The upgrades will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 350 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of removing 74 passenger cars from the road, or the carbon dioxide that would be offset by 287 acres of forest in one year.

“Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for clean energy projects, yet many facilities assume these projects require a large initial capital expenditure,” said Blue Sky Power CEO Ben Parvey. “However, by utilizing alternative finance structures, such as the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement, many institutional, commercial and industrial facilities can realize the operational, economic and environmental benefits of energy systems upgrades, without a capital burden.”

The Cathedral Village project received support from both state and local sources, including a $500,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. In addition, the project is the recipient of $123,500 through the PECO Smart-On Site Program, plus a long-term co-generation gas service contract from PGW.

“Executing these types of projects is truly a team effort, and the contributions from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, PECO, and PGW were critical in allowing this project to move forward.” said ENER-G Rudox President Ryan Goodman. “However, at the end of the day, the most important criteria we evaluate is the strength of our client’s decision making team, as our ‘Energy Services Agreement’ represents a long term partnership. We couldn’t be more impressed with Cathedral Village’s team, and we are tremendously excited to work closely with them over the next 20 years.”

“The goal for RAI is to provide construction means and methods for alternative energy solutions,” says RAI President and Founder Raymond J. Angelini. “This goal was completely realized with the services we provided Cathedral Village. We can achieve no higher goal than to be stewards of our environment and applaud Cathedral Village for this achievement.”

For more information on this project, or to have a free CHP feasibility study performed for your building, please contact Ray Angelini, Inc.: 856-228-5566, info@raiservices.com, http://www.raiservices.com.

About Ray Angelini Inc.

RAI is a multi-services electrical contractor that builds and maintains all types of electrical projects. Services include: Commercial and industrial electrical contracting for entities such as data centers, hospitals, and utility substations; alternative energy provider, specifically solar EPC and maintenance, cogeneration construction, and LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and cell tower construction/modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning. RAI has the ability to work at all voltages and with all substation equipment and experienced tag-holder personnel to provide the highest level of safety and reliability. The company proudly holds an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of .556, a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. The lower the EMR, the better. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average. RAI clients receive a unique knowledge, business savvy, and confidence that comes from over 40 years of experience serving in the electrical industry.

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Representatives from Cathedral Village, Ray Angelini Inc., Blue Sky Power, and MCFA Global
mark the completion of a multi-million clean energy project at an Environmental Stewardship
and Sustainability Celebration on April 18, 2016 at Cathedral Village, a Presbyterian Senior
Living Community in Philadelphia, PA.

Establishing a Solar Panel Training Program
Fire Engineering magazine, February 2016

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Our Electrical Systems Design Director Joseph Camarota authored the “Training Notebook” column in this month’s issue of Fire Engineering magazine—take a look. It is the first in a series to be authored by Camarota, who in addition to his role at RAI, is also a 38-year fire and explosion investigator, a certified fire official, a building and electrical inspector, firefighter, and an instructor in the State of New Jersey.

Click here or image above to download full article (1.4Mb PDF)

RAI receives Contractor Safety Excellence Award

For the seventh year in a row, RAI becomes the recipient of the 2015 DuPont Contractor Safety Excellence Award, for outstanding safety, health and environmental performance.

“Well Done!! Congratulations to all employees for your continued focus. The numerous awards we have received is a distinction that sets us apart and accomplishes our goals for our client and ourselves.”
—Ray Angelini, Founder and President, Ray Angelini, Inc.

2015 DuPont Award

In-House Counsel Profile:
Ray Angelini Inc.’s James Merkins

 James J. Merkins, Jr., general counsel of Ray Angelini, Inc.

James J. Merkins, Jr., general counsel of Ray Angelini, Inc.

COMPANY PROFILE

Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI) is a privately held electrical contracting company and solar energy provider based in Sewell, New Jersey. Its clients include data centers, hospitals and utility substations.

Among its projects, the company built and installed a solar- and wind-power system for the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. It provides LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as distributed antenna systems and cell tower construction and modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning.

LEGAL TEAM

General counsel James Merkins is the company’s sole attorney, although he presides over administrative staff, project coordinators and the human-resources department.

His work day breaks down into a mix of contract review and negotiation, management of outside counsel and overseeing the company’s insurance program. He is a member of the senior leadership team.

He estimates that he handles about 70 percent of the work in-house, farming out mostly litigation.

OUTSIDE COUNSEL

Merkins has engaged Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young (general corporate and succession planning) and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman (construction litigation and employment law services.) When looking for outside counsel, Merkins seeks “excellent service at reasonable rates.” He’s also used alternative billing to set price caps on projects.

DAILY DUTIES

Merkins typically arrives at the office by 8 a.m. and does his best to return home by 7 p.m., sometimes with laptop in tow to finish emails or other projects. “Most of my time is spent on contracts and the contract-review process,” he said. “When I joined RAI, I instituted a formal contract review process to streamline activities for better speed, accuracy, and reduction of risk.”

He travels on business less than 10 percent of the time, usually involving dispute resolution, new business presentation or biannual meetings. He reports to founder and president Ray Angelini. He enjoys advising management and negotiating contracts. “I take an active role in all of the company’s litigation.”

ROUTE TO THE TOP

Merkins wanted to be a lawyer since the fourth grade, when a teacher complimented him on his efforts to stay out of trouble. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Merkins interned at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and after graduation clerked for then Delaware Chief Justice Myron Steele.

He joined Blank Rome, practicing corporate and commercial law, and in 2008 moved to Bouchard Margules & Friedlander in Wilming­ton, Delaware. He joined RAI in 2010 as general counsel. “I had a lunch meeting with Ray Angelini, pitching him for litigation work,” Merkins said, “and it turned into a job offer.”

PERSONAL

The Aston, Pennsylvania, native’s hobbies include jogging, Penn State football and time with the family. He and wife Suzy are parents to Annie (11) and Jimmy (10).

LAST BOOK AND MOVIE

“Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father,” by Jay Paterno. The last movie he caught was “Home.”

By Richard Acello, The National Law Journal. August 17, 2015

 

North American Clean Energy Magazine Featured Article: Solar Rooftop Installations Demand Safety

Solar power systems have experienced widespread popularity and growth in recent years. in 2010, less than 2,000 MW of solar power was installed, and in 2014 it was projected that over 7,000 MW would be installed. As solar becomes more affordable, more businesses are utilizing it as a way to “go green” and reduce electricity costs. However, installing a solar power system in a place of business may not be as easy as it seems. In fact, one aspect of installation – safety – is critical, not only to ensuring long-term output of the array, but also to keeping the building and workers out of harm’s way.

READ MORE! Click here to download the full article as printed in North American Clean Energy Magazine.

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