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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. 

Americans plan to switch to more energy-efficient lighting technologies as a result of the federally mandated legislation aimed at increasing efficiency standards. This was just one of the findings of the sixth annual Sylvania Socket Survey for North America.


Many electrical contractors (ECs) view the energy services market as mature with little potential for repeat business. This is especially true for energy conservation and efficiency projects that involve either a particular system component upgrade or an entire system replacement.

The US Army recently announced a $61 million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal (RIA) Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (JMTC), the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the United States.


In the last year or so, electric-utility industry followers have been hearing about the “disruptive force” of distributed generation—how the growing number of solar panels sprouting on rooftops could be upending utility business models.

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Estimating Economics
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Most of what project estimators work on resembles what they will be working on in the next six to nine months. But what of those longer-term projects? How can labor and material predictions be sufficiently accurate to cover such periods and ensure that the project will benefit the contractor?

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Expanding a Disney Theme Park
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“California Adventure was 30-40 projects for us, and probably the most challenging project we’ve had at Morrow-Meadows due to the complexity, schedule and the logistics,” said Rob Meadows, executive vice-president, Morrow-Meadows Corporation, a Southern California-based company.

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Sags from Laser Printers, Copiers and the Like
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Use Your Distributor to Help Add Value
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An owner approaches you not only for the electrical wiring of a new building, but also the highest-tech structured cabling system available for security, networking and e-access, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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Fire & Life Safety
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Every electrical contractor involved in the installation and maintenance of life safety systems knows that what really drives the fire market is local, state and federal building codes and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Versatility Drives Auto Enhancements
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Designers’ smart moves have increased the versatility of commercial vehicles and their storage options. Remember when, 10 years ago, Isuzu converted its Trooper from a glorified delivery van to a Sports ‘Ute? And, when Chevy’s pickups were reconfigured with four doors, bucket seats, and CD players?

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Delayed Claims Are Passe
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Most contractors fail to assert their rights on projects when added costs are incurred. Instead of commencing the change order process, most contractors hope to reach an amiable agreement after the job is completed.

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