News and Announcements

On Sept. 24, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Westex by Milliken hosted a webinar on the causes and consequences of arc flashes and the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E. The webinar focused on historical data, real accidents, body burn, and the differences between non-FR and FR clothing. Westex by Milliken featured a new HD super slow motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed mannequins in typical working position. The videos, which have led to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard, showed 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.

First webinar will highlight recent trends in counterfeiting as well as the legal response addressing the issueARLINGTON, VA – The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 29th from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. EST, titled, “Counterfeiting: Understanding Your Risk and Liability.” The informational webinar will delve into recent trends in counterfeiting as well as the legal responses aimed at addressing the issue.

HILLSBORO, Ore. (Oct. 13, 2014) – Rosendin Electric (, the nation’s largest private electrical contractor and an employee-owned company, is proud to announce that the company has been selected as one of the 2014 Top Workplaces by The Oregonian newspaper.The Oregonian’s annual Top Workplaces are determined solely by employee feedback and the criteria for selection include qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits.

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 30, 2014 — Power management company Eaton today announced that new laser-etched labels will be featured on its molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to help in product authentication. Laser-etching is one of many new technologies employed by Eaton and other manufacturers to help combat the counterfeiting of electrical products.Eaton’s new laser marking method provides more permanent markings, helping to authenticate each circuit breaker throughout its life cycle.

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electrical Contractor magazine has recognized 20 outstanding new products at the 2014 NECA Convention and Trade Show in Chicago with its annual Showstopper Awards. "This year’s diverse Showstopper winners represent the best of new product ingenuity for the growing $130B electrical community," said Electrical Contractor Publisher John Maisel. The 2014 Showstopper winners include:

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., (Sept. 23, 2014) – At this year’s NECA show, Legrand, a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, will be showcasing a number of solutions that will help electrical contractors grow their businesses.  To learn and see more, visit Legrand in booth #846 from September 28 - 30, 2014, at McCormick Place, West Hall F1, Chicago, IL.

Siemens has been named the most sustainable company in its industry group. The Swiss investment company RobecoSAM compiles the internationally renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) each year for Dow Jones, a provider of financial market indices. In this year’s DJSI, Siemens ranked first in the Capital Goods Industry Group, which includes about 350 companies from seven sectors. Siemens was able to reaffirm its rating from the previous year and achieved a very high total score of 93 out of 100 points (after earning 93 points last year).

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.