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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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Uncle Sam's Helping Hand with Vehicle Costs

It may come as a surprise to many electrical contractors who use vans and light trucks in their operations, but it is difficult to fully recover the costs of those vehicles under our tax rules.

HMT Shoots & Scores

Home of the NCAA Division I football and basketball Orangemen and the country’s fifth-largest indoor stadium, Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome has been a pressing concern for school officials for several years. The concern comes with good reason.

Getting Attention

Professional contractors normally develop their marketing expertise with their technical expertise. Typically, a contractor’s marketing experience comes from observation of successful marketing techniques.

Role Models

In 1901, all eyes were on Buffalo, N.Y., when the city hosted the Pan-American Exposition. At this meeting, 49 electrical contractors from eight states formed the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Saving Time and Money

With urgent deliveries to dozens of job sites around the area and your customers depending on you for the timely completion of their projects, your fleet cannot afford to be on the sidelines.

Closing the Circle

We get so used to terms of art in our professions that we sometimes fail to understand that others do not subscribe to the same definitions. “Field engineering” is one example. Does that term simply mean field routing or does it also imply some degree of design effort?

Contract Maintenance

For electrical contractors, maintenance means more than sweeping the warehouse floor. Service work is becoming an increasingly important and lucrative part of their business.