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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. 

More on Your Business

Developing a Specialty Field

Any electrical contractors are experiencing a steady flow of work in their core business in electrical work.

Diogenes' Search

Diogenes, who wandered the streets of Athens many centuries ago, was looking for an honest man. Contractors looking for an estimator candidate face a similar situation.

Why PV Now?

Photovoltaics (PV) are semiconductors that convert sunlight directly to direct-current (DC) electric power. Photovoltaic technology has been used for years in specific applications where conventional utility service is not readily available or practical.

IT and the Electrical Contractor

The capabilities and availability of information technology (IT) are increasing rapidly for the electrical contracting firm. New IT products and services that promise to improve efficiency and increase profits are introduced daily.

Fuellgraf Partners with Citizens National Bank

A reputation for quality and reliability sends financial customer to this electrical contractor Fuellgraf Electric Co., with its headquarters in Butler, Pa., is one of those companies that just gets better with age.

Back to Basics

Maintenance programs benefit everyone Maintenance programs are becoming increasingly standard with every major purchase these days, but what about those in our realm-electrical, security and communication systems?

Building the Smart Way

There's a growing urgency in the development of “green” or “smart” building, and learning to install its energy infrastructure-which is called integrated building systems (IBS) and involves tying together HVAC, electrical, security, lighting and fire alarm systems-could well be a boon to contractors