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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

The 2nd & Pine project is a residential high-rise across from Pike Place Market.

The vibrant city of Seattle features stunning views of tree-covered mountains and water in nearly every direction. It is home to the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, where grocers and fishmongers hock their goods to locals and tourists.


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One of the recurring themes of my writing has been the continuing decline in the quality of electrical bid documents. Let’s put it this way: the bidding documents, plans and specifications have become a black hole, sucking up estimating hours like never before.

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Douglas J. Pileggi, vice president of sales at Leviton Manufacturing in New York, passed away on Sept. 27 in Winfield, Ill., at the age of 67.

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Resilience

By now, most New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, but the ability to “re-solve” and respond to changing conditions is imperative for your business in these uncertain times. For the remainder of 2011, these columns will form a 10-part series using the acronym RESOLUTION.


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Tell It Like It Is, Even If It's Bad

Last month, I promised to resume commenting on the more serious aspects of electrical contracting. One of those nuggets from my list of suggestions for improving one’s life, slightly modified, serves as a good lead-in: “Your goals and your ‘comfort zone’ should always be in conflict.”


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North American EBCI Firmly in Expansionary Territory in January

The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions, conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA), continued to point to a broadly improving environment in January.


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Bandwidth-Intensive Applications Fueling Worldwide Broadband Growth

As use of the Internet grows more sophisticated and complex, so does the need for greater capacity and faster downloads. It is only fitting, then, that users are signing up for broadband at a rate that can be described as nothing short of high-speed.


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Construction Unemployment Rate Continues to Rise Amid Bleak Outlooks

The construction unemployment rate jumped to 22.5 percent in January 2011 as the sector lost another 32,000 jobs since December 2010, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.


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Straightening the Learning Curve

With this last article on paperless estimating, I want to touch on a few of the greater benefits and potential issues you may face. I’m hoping some of you have already purchased and are now using “in-screen” takeoff (IST) software, after reading parts one and two of this series.


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New Inspection Robot for Overhead Transmission Lines

For decades, utility operators have been searching for a way to automatically conduct physical inspections of overhead transmission lines.


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