Michigan’s energy infrastructure has certainly evolved over the last 125 years, but one thing always remains consistent – it takes the hard work of highly-skilled individuals to climb the height of our poles and provide us with the energy we use to power our lives each day.

This year, for National Lineworker Appreciation Day, DTE Energy would like to recognize and thank Local Union 17 for 125 years of service in our communities. DTE and Local 17 have been partnering together since agreements were confirmed by a handshake and the company went by the name of Detroit Edison.

To celebrate this monumental anniversary, Local 17 worked with Union Histories to create a customized anniversary book that highlights the history of the union, the industry and the energy grid.

View a full version of the anniversary book to learn more about the union and uncover historical photos such as: the 1922 traffic tower that used to sit at the intersection of Woodward and Michigan, the horse drawn utility “vehicles” from 1903, and the man-powered tree trimming methods from 1957.

Thank you to all our lineworkers across Michigan and across the country for powering our communities and keeping the lights on!

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