Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

October 2005
Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products. READ MORE
September 2005
As the baby boom generation ages, so does the leadership of the electrical contracting industry, emphasizing the need for retirement and succession planning. READ MORE
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