News and Announcements

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 2:00 p.m. EDT, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Westex by Milliken will host a webinar on the causes and consequences of arc flashes and the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E. The webinar will focus on historical data, real accidents, body burn, and the differences between non-FR and FR clothing. Westex by Milliken will feature a new HD super slow motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed mannequins in typical working position. The videos, which has led to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard, will show arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has launched an app version to supplement the print and online brand offerings already in place. The app is available now in iOS, Android and Kindle versions through the iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. It features a page-by-page version of the monthly magazine, a text-only mobile-friendly version, and a hybrid solution.  Downloading the app is easy. Simply click the following link for your respective platform, or search for "electrical contractor" on your platform's app marketplace.

COMMERCE, Calif. – August 19, 2014 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association announce Net Zero Plus (NZP) and plans to expand the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute (NZP ETI). Together, IBEW Local 11 and LA/NECA represent the second largest electrical labor union partnership of workers and contractors in the United States.

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions, will present a webinar on the topic of Title 24 compliancy at 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST), Friday, September 5. The webinar will review California’s latest Title 24 requirements and inform participants about recent upgrades to the MaxLite product line to meet or exceed its standards. To register for the Title 24 webinar, click here.

August 7, 2014—Eaton today announced it is discussing the dangers posed by counterfeit electrical products with members of the Eaton Certified Contractors Network (ECCN) during a training webinar on Tuesday, August 12.

Siemon, a global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce a new webinar that covers the latest data center design configurations and their impact on manageability, cooling, scalability and total cost of ownership. This latest webinar titled, Optimizing Design for Modern Data Centers: Considerations for Choosing Top-of-Rack in Today’s Fat-Tree Switch Fabrics, will be presented by Carrie Higbie, Siemon’s Global Director of Data Center Solutions and Services, and will take place on Aug. 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Lutron Electronics, a manufacturer of energy-saving, wireless lighting and shade control, recently announced a free, 13-city tour as part of its Caséta Wireless Dimmer/Smart Bridge Pro product launch. Designed for both installers and specifiers, the sessions will focus on how to get a head start on the next big profit opportunity—giving clients simple, reliable, affordable control of lights, shades and temperature from a remote, smart phone or tablet.

06/02/2014, MILWAUKEE, WI—Today, Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wis. Steeped in history dating back to 1919, Empire Level is a fully integrated solutions provider in the Layout and Measurement product categories. Empire is the leading US manufacturer of levels, squares, layout tools, and safety and utility tape.

ELECTRI International has completed its investigation of current CW/CE practices now being used by well-established electrical contractors to determine if a CW/CE program improves EC competiveness. The research was conducted by Todd L. Sirotiak, CCP, LEED AP, MBA, PE, PhD., from Diversified Construction Services. The ECs involved in this study provide strong evidence that CW/CEs can be successfully used on a majority of projects. They recommend that CW/CE opportunities in the electrical labor field appear exceptional if ECs can find a way to capitalize upon them.

Lighting control company Lutron Electronics is teaming up with ecoInsight, a maker of lighting upgrade software, to make it easier for lighting professionals to add Lutron lighting control solutions to every project. Integrating ecoInsight’s lighting upgrade software withthe Lutron Energi Adviso app ensures lighting professionals that they are selecting the optimal Lutron controls for their lighting retrofit projects.