Times are changing for the electrical contractor (EC). The trend even affects the basics. As Electrical Contractor focuses on the latest developments in cabling and controls, the 2014 NECA Show in Chicago, Sept. 28–30, will also feature vendors and education to help practitioners stay ahead of the game.


Two free technical workshops will cover cabling-related topics. The first course, “Wire Installation Safety & Productivity,” presented by Johnny Sellers of Southwire, will highlight best practices for pulling wire and cable to improve safety and productivity with fewer injuries and less worker fatigue. A second course, “Medium Voltage Cable Preparation Workshop: Ensuring Safety & Consistency While Saving Time,” presented by Bill Wolfe of Prysmian Power Cables, will demonstrate the newest cable-preparation tools available to help cable splicers perform safe, uniform and more consistent cable preparation.


The NECA show provides ECs an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the industry; see first-hand the materials, equipment and tools they need; and, most important, meet the people who make them. Vendors recognize this opportunity, too.


In addition to the technical workshops, more than 70 vendors will display topics related to cabling and/or controls. Some of the names on the list are Advanced Motor Controls, CableOrganizer.com, General Cable, Kanepi Wireless Controls, Reel-O-Matic, Underground Devices and many more.


Kurt Templeman, a registered communications distribution designer (RCDD) and the director of enterprise networks for Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp., will exhibit at the show for the fourth time. According to Templeman, the opportunity to meet with the contractors who will use his company’s products, makes the NECA show unique. He added that he has developed a network of more than 300 contractors. 


Templeman said the show brings in good numbers of attendees who have the crews and the experience on such installation work as refineries, chemical plants, hospitals and universities. These are the people who will use his company’s products, and these are the people he wants to meet.


For more information or to register, visit www.necaconvention.org.