Barre, Vt. – (March 17, 2008) – The Central Vermont Garden Show recently welcomed electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 into the mix.Seven IBEW Local 300 members volunteered nearly five hours apiece March 12 to help set up tables, chairs, displays and brand new electrical mats for the event. Volunteers included Kyle Brown, John Burditt, Tiffany Copley, Randie Dayton, Steve Edwards, Katy Ramstack and Greg Tessier. Copley, Edwards, Ramstack and Tessier are all central Vermonters.”The IBEW was proud to partner with the Garden Show, as several of our constituents reside in the Barre area,” said Local 300 Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash, a Granite City native. “Community service dovetails with our unions unwavering commitment to social responsibility and the common good.”The 2008 Central Vermont Garden Show ran at the Barre Civic Center March 14-16 and featured landscape exhibits, a garden railroad, floral competitions and educational workshops. All proceeds benefited the Friends of the Central Vermont YMCA, while the electrical mats – used to safely cover power cords in pedestrian and vehicular traffic ways – were later donated to the City of Barre.”We were so thankful for the help from IBEW electricians,” said Garden Show Chairwoman Jeanne Daniele. “Their much-appreciated volunteerism embodies what union labor is all about ‘hard work’ and certainly helped make our first-ever promotion a success.”ABOUT THE IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, the IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus laborers throughout Vermont. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).