John Paul Quinn

Freelance Writer

John Paul Quinn reports on a broad range of business and industry issues for journals in the United States and Europe. He can be reached at 203.323.9850 and

Articles by John Paul Quinn

July 2011
It’s not often that an electrical contractor has the opportunity to sell a product line that saves a customer time, money and energy; promotes green sustainability; and reduces the load on the nation’s power grid. But that’s what industry observers say LED lighting sources can do. READ MORE
April 2011
Decisions on the appropriate lighting source are more pervasive than most of us realize. One could trace lighting design even as far back as the Bible, where in Genesis, Chapter I, God declares, “Let there be light.” READ MORE
January 2011
The economic recovery, almost without exception, has been coming slower than snail’s pace for the construction industry. The stimulus strongbox still has project cash in it, but much of it is for massive jobs the average contractor isn’t in place to handle, and by some estimates, a quarter of the nation’s electricians are out of work. READ MORE
November 2010
Every contractor knows about the green grounding wire. But there is a distinct possibility that too many contractors aren’t aware there is another kind of green wire intertwined in the supply chain leading down from manufacturer, through distributor, to contractor. It has to do with a highly charged legislative and political issue that could be hazardous to the contractor’s business. READ MORE
March 2010
It’s no secret that the residential construction market has been in the septic tank for the last few years, and especially the last two, with annual spending plummeting a staggering 34 percent in 2008 and then another 40 percent in 2009; the gravity of the situation has varied by region, but the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington seems to have weathered this resi-tsunami better than most. READ MORE
September 2009
Dealing with developers and building owners, to quote one electrical contractor, has never been a day at the beach. And if they were demanding to begin with, their requirements can be exasperating and exacting in the current economic environment. READ MORE
August 2009
It’s no secret that, in difficult economic times, being able to count on repeat business is critical, so having a history with general contractors (GCs) who know your name can be the key to maintaining your own liquidity. READ MORE
July 2009
How can electrical contractors leverage their supply chain partnerships? This article details some distibutor support services and programs of which contractors may not be aware. READ MORE
June 2009
In these trying economic times, electrical contractors obviously need all the help they can get. But it’s possible they just aren’t asking in the right places. READ MORE