William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

February 2015
Point 1 Electrical Systems Inc. in Livermore, Calif., employs 25–30 people. The company, started in 1998, focuses exclusively on low-voltage work.
 Unlike many contractors that perform low-voltage work and specialize in only one or two areas, Point 1’s work is evenly distributed among all of the types it provides, according to Shane Stoltenberg, director of construction.
December 2014
Commercial Controls Corp., Valencia, Calif., has about 30 employees who work out of three locations in California and one in Nevada. Fred Scripture, who continues to be the owner and president but is no longer as active in the day-to-day operations, started the company in 1993.
October 2014
McClure Electric, San Francisco, has been in business since 1966, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that it got involved in low-voltage work.
 “The company saw an increased demand for these services from our customers, so it wanted to begin to offer this kind of work,” said Michael Delfino, project manager for McClure Communications, a division of McClure Electric. 
August 2014
Paganini Electric Corp., 
San Francisco, was founded in 1948 as a traditional electrical contractor. Since 1998, the company has maintained two divisions: Paganini Electric Corp. (traditional electrical contracting) and Paganini Communications Inc. (low-voltage work); the latter is operated as a separate business. There are approximately 140 employees in the company as a whole. 
June 2014
Founded in 1963, San Diego-based Saturn Electric started out exclusively as a full-service electrical contractor. Ron Dudek purchased the company in 1977, and 20 years later, Ron’s son, Tim, joined the firm. In 2005, Tim became president. READ MORE
May 2014
While some employers simply write their premium checks to cover the costs of workers’ compensation programs, others realize they can reduce these premium costs. Some employers use a piecemeal approach. Others realize that real success is the result of creating and managing an integrated and holistic workers’ compensation management program. READ MORE
April 2014
Energy ETC, Union City, Calif., founded in 1993, does a lot with only six employees. READ MORE
February 2014
HMT Electric Inc., Escondido, Calif., was established in 2007. The company, which employs about 100 people, specializes in commercial electrical installations in high-rise construction projects (generally 30–40 stories) that use cast-in-place concrete design. READ MORE
November 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. As implementation is now underway, what are the implications of the ACA for electrical contractors? To discuss the answer to that question in detail would take thousands of pages. However, some key points are summarized here.