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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. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge

Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

More on Your Business

North American Business Conditions Indexes Close on Upswing

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed for a second consecutive month in December, rising 5.5 points to 68, its highest level since June.

NAHB Report Finds Small Builders Are the Mainstay of the Housing Industry

According to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), small homebuilders are the mainstay of the nation’s housing industry, including a sizable number of self-employed operations.

The Monitor Factor

I hope last month’s column convinced you to purchase an in-screen computer takeoff application, and you are now on your way to becoming a paperless estimator. But having the program is only the first step.

Investing in a Little Roast Beef

Remember the nursery rhyme “This little piggy…”? This oft-quoted counting rhyme has been used to amuse children since the mid-18th century and has pervaded popular media.

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Teamwork Brings Power to Meadowlands

When football fans come to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., they may be more focused on their NFL team—both the Giants and Jets play there—than the mammoth project involved in constructing and powering the building.

Be Optimistic: The Economy - and Your Life - Will Get Better

This year, “ringing in the new” was accompanied by loud choruses of “good riddance, 2010.” Given the anemic economy, I guess that is to be expected.

EV Installer Partners With UL

EV Connect, a provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions, announced a collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to create UL’s first global training program for the EV-installation industry.