Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

September 2005
In 1997, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a nationwide program targeting electrical merchandise with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification marks being imported from Asia. That first year yielded about 220 seizures of counterfeited electrical merchandise, totaling more than two million products. READ MORE
August 2005
With urgent deliveries to dozens of job sites around the area and your customers depending on you for the timely completion of their projects, your fleet cannot afford to be on the sidelines. Vehicle maintenance and time management software are important for ensuring the satisfaction of your customers' needs. READ MORE
July 2005
Based on figures from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., the market for roadway fixtures is growing at about 5 to 6 percent a year. According to David B. Smith, product general manager for lighting systems at GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting in Hendersonville, N.C., growth in the transportation lighting market is steady. READ MORE
April 2005
Affiliated with Emory University School of medicine and Emory University Hospital, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta boasts revenues in excess of $1 billion and a staff of some 8,400. It is one of the nation's leading healthcare systems and the largest in Georgia. READ MORE
February 2005
According to the U.S. Census of Construction report, electrical contractors billed $9.7 billion worth of telecommunication work in 1997. Assuming the average 12 percent per year growth rate since 1997 holds steady, the information transport systems (ITS) or VDV market may be worth upward of $25 billion by 2005. READ MORE
January 2005
Cincinnati has always been a baseball town. In recent years, the city has focused on redeveloping its riverfront, including the area where the Reds baseball team and the NFL Bengals shared the old Riverfront stadium. READ MORE
December 2004
The site is part of Chicago history. Former retail giant Montgomery Ward's rise to greatness and eventual demise all took place at the company's former location on the western edge of downtown Chicago. READ MORE
November 2004
For the electrical contracting industry to remain strong, the next generation of leaders needs to be educated and cross-trained. Each firm, though, is unique and must develop cross-training and educational programs that meet its specific needs. Smaller firms, for example, may not require as extensive or formal a program as a much larger company. READ MORE
November 2004
Mandated by building codes such as the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code and the National Electrical Code (NEC), emergency lighting systems and exit signs are used in every commercial and industrial setting throughout the country. READ MORE

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