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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. 

In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” When automaker Henry Ford said these words, he could have been describing the intended outcome of collaborating on construction projects.

The digital age is all about innovation. One new technology complements another until we are living in a world that is only a few steps removed from what would have once been considered science fiction.


Senate Chamber ceiling and upper level with recessed and cove lighting fixtures were installed by Lynnwell.

When a facility such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) opens its doors to the public, the collaboration that made it a reality isn’t apparent.

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