News and Announcements

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Leviton hosted a webinar for continuing education about solutions to help make homes safer and compliant with the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) updates. The archive is now available.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine will soon be launching an app version to supplement the print and online brand offerings already in place. The app will be available in late August 2014 in iOS, Android and Kindle versions through the Apple Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. It will feature a page-by-page version of the monthly magazine, a text-only mobile-friendly version, and a hybrid solution. 

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.

Pittsburgh, April 29, 2014—Power management company Eaton today announced an ongoing public awareness campaign focused on educating the public about the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.

Free education program developed to help ensure and document a high minimum level of expertise for firestop special inspectors to meet the intent of  the 2012 International Building Code. Washington, April 28, 2014—The construction industry's most comprehensive online firestop inspection training and education program has been developed by the International Firestop Council (IFC) for code officials, inspectors and all building trades professionals associated with commercial building firestopping from design through installation.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22, 2014—Thomas & Betts (T&B) has published Analysis of NEC Code Changes 2014, a free reference guide to changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) that pertain to T&B’s products. This edition also covers code changes affecting ABB Low-Voltage Products (LP) and ABB Power Products. The 152-page guide is available as a print publication or it may be downloaded as an electronic PDF file.