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Thank You Thursday - J.W. Didado Electric


Jw Didado Electric

Since 1936 gravity has been the sole supplier of power to propel Soap Box Derby cars down the world famous Derby Downs track. Today that is still the case. However, in 2016 electric power was added trackside to help power the many events that take place at the track throughout the year.

Akron-based J.W. Didado Electric installed power banks along the 989’ track in an effort to help the Derby enhance the experience at the more than 70 events that it hosts each year.

“We’re so grateful to J.W. Didado Electric for their support,” said Derby Events Manager Morgan Garner. “For so long we’ve had to run extension cords up and down the track to at all of our events. It’s so much easier now that we have power trackside. It really helps us provide a more enjoyable experience for the people who come out to take part in what the Derby has to offer.”

Started by John W. Didado as a one-man crew in 1958, J. W. Didado Electric is now a recognized leader in the residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and high-voltage electric business as well as a trusted storm restoration partner of many of the country’s largest electric utilities.

A member of the Quanta Services family of companies, J.W. Didado has the financial strength, employees, equipment and bonding capacity to handle the largest and most complex projects.

J.W. Didado employees average almost 30 years of service and have the expertise and experience that enables them to handle any job, large or small and to excel under the most difficult conditions.

The Derby would like to say THANK YOU to J.W. Didado Electric for helping us continue our mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

This is the 29th installment of our weekly “Thank You Thursday” feature. Each week we will offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to a corporation, civic or community leader, volunteer, foundation or an individual who has helped us continue our mission. To view previous features please click below.

Thank You Thursday
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - FirstEnergy Corp.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Don Plusquellic
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Bill Ginter
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Marous Brothers Construction
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Myers Industries
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Outgoing Board Members
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - New Board Members
Thursday. November 24, 2016 - Volunteers
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Dairy Queen 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Curriculum Funders
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - SUBWAY®
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Will Looman
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Taylor Made Jewelry
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Greater Akron Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Bob Troyer
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - GPD Group
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Former Summit County Executive Russ Pry and the County of Summit, Ohio
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Pilot Flying J
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Dave Hubbell
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - AAA Akron Auto Club 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Danny Hughes
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Corbin Bernsen
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Dave Lieberth 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Joe Mazur
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Chris Harris
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation