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

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
April 2009
Years ago, when Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets, he said in amazement, “For these guys, every fly ball is a new adventure.” He might as well have been talking about building an integration team because every project of this kind requires a unique skill set and a custom cast of characters on the job. READ MORE
April 2009
For electrical contractors, the most interesting aspect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) is that, out of the $789 billion in available funding allocations, roughly 20 percent—or $150 billion—is earmarked for the kinds of work many contractors have been doing for years. READ MORE