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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

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All Lanes Clear

Wellington Power Corp., a Pittsburgh-based electrical contractor, is helping to relieve one of the worst bottlenecks in the United States by electrifying the world’s largest drawbridge.

Still Number One

Since the first power quality monitor was introduced by Dranetz Engineering Laboratories in 1975, there have been a lot of changes in the instruments that monitor electric distribution systems and the loads powered from the distribution systems within a facility or substation.

Measuring up: Where Does Maintenance Stand?

The Electrical Contractor study, Contractor’s Roles in Scheduled/Preventative Electrical Maintenance, yielded some surprising results.

Exploring Outsourcing

Welcome to 2006, where outsourcing is the buzzword of the year. In actuality, you might equate it more appropriately with an equally familiar word—subcontracting.

The Curious Case of the Ceaseless Change

“The general contractor may at any time, without invalidating the contract, by written instructions, direct the subcontractor to make changes, additions or deletions to the work. Subcontractor shall promptly proceed with such instruction.

ESOP's Fable Part 1

Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) right for your electrical contracting company? What is an ESOP and how do you establish one? In this three part series, we’ll define what an ESOP is, the principal reasons for starting such a plan and the possible pitfalls of employee ownership.

Opening up to Building Systems

As building environmental systems become more complex, there is a growing need for these systems to be integrated.