Gillece is excited to be a sponsor of a FIRST Tech Team based in the South Hills called Tech-No-Logic. The team is comprised of local eighth and ninth grade students who are interested in FIRST Robotics. FIRST, a non-profit public charity, designs programs to motivate young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Their mission is to engage young people in programs that will help them to build relevant skills and inspire them to become leaders in the science and technology industry. As a company that uses the latest in technological advances to help fix and improve customers’ homes, Gillece supports young people interested in science and technology who may become future innovators.
FIRST Tech Teams like Tech-No-Logic have the chance to compete in FIRST Tech Competitions, where they design, build, and program a robot to achieve certain tasks. The competitions serve as a fun and exciting way to introduce young people to real-life engineering challenges. Tech-No-Logic funds their team entirely through corporate sponsorships, grants, and donations. Any support the team receives helps them to enter the world of competitive robotics and increases opportunities for students in the area to learn more about science and technology. Gillece has recently become a silver sponsor of the team.
Teams who participate in FIRST Tech Competitions start at the regional level with the chance to advance to state, followed by the FTC World Championship. Teams from around the world compete for first place, the chance to meet technology industry leaders, and for internship, scholarship, and employment opportunities.
Tech-No-Logic is also sponsored by the Western Area Career & Technology Center in Canonsburg and the Creative Learning Collaborative (CLC). The CLC is a parent-led community group dedicated to the support and development of educational opportunities in the South Hills. Learn more about the CLC at CreativeLearning-pit.org.
Gillece is proud to support Tech-No-Logic as they learn more about robotics and pursue opportunities in science and technology. For more information on FIRST Robotics, visit USFirst.org.
Image credit: US FIRST
Gilley and Gillece Services are supporting South Fayette High School’s “Little Green Machine” Marching Band for this year’s Festival of Bands, set for Saturday, September 28, 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Held annually at South Fayette Stadium, the Festival features performances by the area’s top high school marching bands. Little Green Machine will be in the spotlight during the festival, and Gillece Services, with headquarters in nearby Bridgeville, is proud to support our friends and neighbors in South Fayette, one of the many areas we serve in Western PA.
The Little Green Machine Marching Band, founded in 1947, has established a reputation of excellence, entertaining audiences in Western Pennsylvania for more than six decades. Each show offers a unique performance experience with “dance-and-play” style and sound and a keen focus on choreography. In keeping with Little Green Machine tradition, band members and the director create everything from the choreography to the musical arrangements for a one-of-a-kind performance that even includes majorettes playing instruments.
Gilley and Gillece congratulate all of the bands on their accomplishments and applaud each of the talented student performers. For more information on Little Green Machine and the festival, visit http://www.southfayetteband.org/.
Photo Credit: Randy Jarosz
The Boy Scouts of America, a nationally known educational organization dedicated to youth development and core values, is one of the many organizations that Gillece Services supports. Gillece recently made a donation to the local Laurel Highlands Council for the Scouts of Troop 2 in support of their 2012 fundraiser. As a non-profit organization, the Boy Scouts is primarily funded by private donations, which assist with national and local programs for millions of youths across the country. Anyone can support the BSA by investing, donating, or sponsoring a Scout. Funds for local councils like Laurel Highlands are used for maintaining camps, providing supplies, compensating employees, training volunteers, and more.
If you would like to show support for the Boy Scouts of America, a fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 18th at Holy Child School in Bridgeville from 8am to 2pm. The Holy Child School is less than a mile from Gillece Services Corporate Office off of Washington Pike. Join Gilley and Gillece in doing what you can to support the Troops in your community!
For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, visit http://www.scouting.org/.
Gilley says, “Be aware of heating safety this season! Gillece helps one family following a carbon monoxide emergency.”
Heating season means the arrival of cold weather and the first-time operation of home heating systems, furnaces being one of the most popular. When heating appliances are turned on for the winter, incidents of carbon monoxide leaks and poisonings increase. Fuel-burning appliances, like furnaces and gas water heaters, can emit toxic carbon monoxide into your home when damages are present or ventilation is obstructed. You can help to prevent leaks and other problems by maintaining your appliances and having them professionally inspected.
A family in Beaver County recently experienced a carbon monoxide leak in their home that stemmed from a damaged furnace. Cracked heat exchangers are most often to blame for CO leaks and require professional inspection in order to be detected. The family of ten luckily made it out of their home before the situation became any worse. When Gillece learned about the family’s story, they wanted to help, and soon did so by installing a new high efficiency furnace for them.
High efficiency furnaces perform better, save energy, and help to reduce heating costs when compared to older, low efficiency models. After the carbon monoxide leak, the family can heat their home again safely and will have a comfortable, well-heated home all winter. Gillece urges homeowners to practice heating safety each and every year through maintenance and inspections, as it is truly better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your home and your family’s health.
Learn more about the Beaver County family at http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/8-hospitalized-after-possible-carbon-monoxide-leak/nSYKM/ and for carbon monoxide information, visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq/co.html.
Gilley says, “Calling all veterans looking for a meaningful career- Gillece wants to meet with you at the ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ event in Butler!”
If you are a veteran currently looking for more than just an ordinary job, then come and meet with Gillece at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes event this Monday, July 30th. We will be taking applications and conducting interviews for employment consideration across our trades: Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, and Waterproofing.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes in 2011 and has since worked to help find employment for United States’ veterans as well as their spouses. Gillece is one of Pennsylvania’s local participants involved in the nationwide movement, and we are eager to meet with you! We believe in employment that can become a lifetime career with a wide range of opportunities, as well as employing people we and our customers can trust. Who better than our nation’s heroes? Whether you are an active duty military member, a Guard or Reserve member, veteran, or military spouse, we would like the opportunity to meet with you.
For more than thirty years, Gillece has served the Pittsburgh region and its many families with trusted, dependable service they can rely on. Our customers are like our neighbors, and we treat each and every customer’s home as if it were our own. Friendly, courteous, and respectful employees make Gillece the Pittsburgh area’s number one, one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical services. Just as a veteran’s service provides, we too work to make a difference in the lives of our customers every day.
The Hiring Our Heroes event will be held at the VA Butler Healthcare auditorium in Butler, Pa, from 9am to 12pm Monday, July 30th. For more information visit: http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/butler-pa. We look forward to meeting you!
Gillece Services opened its parking lot and its hearts by sharing the location’s ample grounds (Bridgeville, PA) with a portion of the thousands of emergency vehicles that were lining up to fill the streets in a parade to honor Washington, PA’s slain officer, Joseph David Dryer. Gillece extended its hand to the local community by allowing police officers to bring their vehicles onsite in an effort to meet, organize, and “line up” their police cars before entering onto interstate PA 79. Gillece employees were ready and waiting for officers with open arms, open doors, coffee, donuts, and heart-felt condolences.
The veterinarian turned police officer is being laid to rest today and the huge, honorary drive included police, as well as other emergency vehicles, from all over the tri-state area. According to the AP (Associated Press), “Investigators say Eli Franklin Myers III shot Dryer….and wounded a second officer after being pulled over for expired tags (last Sunday). Myers was (then) shot and killed by police in nearby Webster after a standoff that lasted about 10 hours.”
Officer Dryer’s funeral is scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, PA, and he will be buried at the West Middletown Cemetery. To learn more about Office Dryer and his personal story, please to go: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11354/1198129-455.stm
Tom Gillece thoughtfully planned this year’s annual “Gillece Services 2011 Haiti Plumbing Mission” in connection with Pastor Pierre and Friends of HaiTi. Mr. Anthony Venditti, a skill-certified Gillece Services Plumbing Technician, volunteered and carried out this year’s Haiti Plumbing Mission by implementing a relief program that included Plumbing correction, construction, and installation strategies for doctor clinics, dental clinics, and the Friends of HaitTi compound, along with educational training on hygiene and sanitation practices, and clean water issues. Friends of HaiTi was especially happy to hear that the Plumbing trade would be well represented this year by Gillece Service’s Anthony Vendetti, as his background covered commercial plumbing, specifically for dental offices…. which proved to be an enormous asset to the mission’s initiatives for Haiti.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Anthony took with him over eight years of Plumbing experience including his Gillece Services employment while he happily volunteered to conduct the mission and truly enjoys helping people. Anthony, “I’ve always enjoyed helping others, especially being able to help children. It was so rewarding not only to see how happy the children were because we were there and they knew we were going to help them, but also to actually directly see where our time and money was going…”
Friend of HaiTi’s Pastor Pierre, “The Gillece Plumbing company sent a young man, Anthony Venditti, to solve the plumbing problem that we had with three new bathrooms in the guest house’s addition. It was very difficult, but he put us back in business. Now, thanks to the Gillece plumbing, we can accommodate our guests better in the days to come. Anthony went also to Paul to do plumbing in the bathroom that we have in the medical clinic for our American guests. Since Anthony started this plumbing from scratch he was able to teach me and Dr Miguel. I admire Anthony very much. It was his first time in the country. He had no idea what to expect. He brought all the supplies he could think of, but he learned a great lesson in Haiti – you cannot go to Gillece Services to get all you need, or to Home Depot or Lowes…You’ve got to make whatever is available work! In spite of that, he did a perfect job. Thank you Tom and thank you Anthony.”
At Gillece Services, caring about customers and their homes, families, and communities has been top priority since day one. Gillece Services believes in a caring approach to customer service and community outreach starting from the top down via President and Owner Mr. Tom Gillece. And, this caring approach reaches beyond local communities and beyond Pittsburgh; in fact, all the way to Haiti.
As a long-time financial supporter who has donated a great deal of time and resources to the Friends of HaiTi, Pittsburgh’s Tom Gillece thoughtfully planned this year’s Gillece Services October’s 2011 “Haiti Plumbing Mission” in connection with the non-profit organization. After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Tom Gillece of Gillece Services volunteered a licensed Gillece Journeyman Plumbing Technician to conduct a plumbing relief mission on the island.
Gillece Services Donates High Efficiency Furnace as Auction Item to “Paws For The Cause” Event Benefitting The Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund
A Pittsburgh based, family owned and operated business since 1980, Gillece Services has been successfully providing the city and its surrounding areas with quality Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical services. As a successful Pittsburgh business, they are also very passionate about their personal responsibility of supporting their local communities. Says Owner, Tom Gillece, “When we found out about the ‘Paws For The Cause Event,’ we were anxious to get involved. And, we were more than happy to donate one our most elite performance furnaces as an auction item, knowing that funds raised will benefit Officer Kuzak’s heroic actions and his future.”
Gillece’s Elite 95% Performance Furnace (G95) is a high efficiency gas furnace with two-stage heating and a multi-speed circulating blower that provides efficient and economical performance. The 95% AFUE rating means that 95 cents of every $1.00 of heating energy expense warms your home. (Some older central heating systems are rated at 60% AFUE.) The exceptional furnace features – dual-diameter tubular heat exchanger; two-stage gas valve with Dual$aver™ technology; 110V Silicon Nitride igniter; control board with self-diagnostics, color-coded low-voltage terminals, and provisions for electronic air cleaner and 24-volt humidifiers; and a 10 Year Parts Warranty and 5 Year Labor Warranty with Custom Ductwork Install. www.gillece.com
“Paws for the Cause” is being held this Saturday, August 27, 2011, at the Peterswood Park Amphitheater and features Shorty Rossi (“Pit Boss”) from Animal Planet’s hit television show Pit Boss. Everyone is encouraged to bring their dogs to this family event. A $15.00 donation is the admission fee in return for listening to key speakers, K9 demonstrations, a “Paws Walk,” and a “Paws for the Cause” limited edition T-shirt. K9 experts will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be raffles, auctions, music and entertainment for everyone. Great food is sure to be enjoyed as “Two Brothers” serve up an all-you-can-eat BBQ for just $10! Your family, friends, and dogs are welcome to meet Shorty and his best friend Hercules. For more event information, go to http://www.officerjimkuzak.com/Paws%20flyer.htm.
Jim’s story – “On April 4th 2011, Patrolman Jim Kuzak and fellow officers of the Clairton Police Department answered a home invasion call in the City of Clairton. Upon arrival, Officer Kuzak was shot five times and critically wounded by two suspects as they fled the scene. Sustaining gunshot wounds to the chest, arm and side which severely injured his lung and spine, Officer Kuzak is recovering from his injuries as he begins a journey down a very long road to rehabilitation and recovery.” Please learn more about the courage of James Kuzak and the many ways you can help at: www.officerjimkuzak.com
Our Technicians Know and Care!
Gillece Technicians are competent and experienced. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and are constantly learning new techniques and new ways to help customers at Gillece’s onsite, state-of-the-art training facility. They are also caring. At Gillece, we care about our customers, their homes, their loved ones and their communities. We believe this caring approach to customer service and others comes top down from Mr. Tom Gillece himself.
As a long-time financial supporter who has donated a great deal of time and resources to the Friends of HaiTi, Tom is now in the process of planning another visit to Haiti in connection with the organization. After the devastating 2010 earthquake, Tom sent a licensed Gillece Journeyman Plumbing Technician on a relief mission to the island. His plans to sponsor a similar mission this year is currently in progress and includes educational training for teaching safe hygiene and sanitation, and construction of latrines in villages, along with clean water issues.
Via Friends of HaiTi website, “The Friends of HaiTi is a non-profit organization, which insures that 100% of your donations go directly to the Haitian people. The goal of Friends of HaiTi is to work in partnership with the people through clean water programs, medical support, construction and educational programs empowering the Haitian people to improve their quality of life, within their own culture.”
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