MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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March 4, 2013

Moore keeps the power in the family

Third-generation electrician has traveled the world

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— Tall towers

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The electrical business has changed since Moore started as an apprentice 35 years ago.

However, he has literally risen to the challenge — rising up to 2,000 feet in cellular towers.

Moore’s company specializes in electrical maintenance of cell towers, including repairs and lighting.

Some of the tallest towers Moore has climbed rose to 1,950 feet.

“The Channel 8 tower is 1,930 feet. We changed the lights on that,” he said.

Such work has taken Moore and his crews across the United States.

“We’ve worked from the Minnesota-Canada border to the Gulf of Mexico and east to Tennessee and Kentucky,” he said, adding that a recent trip was to western Arizona.

“What we do is very different from other electricians,” he said. “Not many people do what we do or have the knowledge our employees have. Most electricians don’t want to climb cell towers.”

He said his employees receive specialized training on maintenance, repairs and safety — especially safety.

“We key in on safety,” Moore said. “We want to make sure our workers can safely get up there first, then we teach the rest of it.”

He said a key to safety is to keep tied to the tower,

“Make sure you are physically tied to the tower 100 percent of the time,” he said. “And if the wind gets over 15 to 20 miles an hour, we pretty much stay off.”

Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“My great-grandfather came to Muskogee with the railroad at the turn of the 20th century. He met and married my great-grandmother. My grandfather was born in a house on Hancock about a mile from where I live now. I was raised in Muskogee, had sons, built my business. Just too lazy to move away.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“It’s just home. I am with my family in town. It’s just home. My business does not depend on the economy of Muskogee.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“I don’t know. I just like it the way it is.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

Owner, R&M Electrical and Telecommunications Maintenance.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“Hunt, fish, golf, go to church activities.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“Probably Tom Renfro. I have been a business partner and a friend of his for years. He’s an Okie from Muskogee, too.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“Getting married and having kids.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?

“It’s just like any other town. It has its faults. It has its attributes. For a smaller town, I just enjoy living here.”

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