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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. 

Skilled labor shortages in construction are widespread and global. The challenge is in attracting the correct people to the industry while keeping skilled workers on hand as long as possible.


The NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in electrical construction. Each year, more than 300 exhibitors and thousands of attendees come together in a different city to network, learn, and grow as individuals and businesses.

Students, their parents and high school administrators are taking a second look at careers in the construction trades.

The construction labor shortage isn’t going away. In fact, it’s growing. In response, the value of a trade education also is rising. It’s beginning to change minds and attitudes.


Prior to 2017, the United States had never experienced two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma occurred within just two weeks of each other.

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Utilities Ready for the Stimulus for Greater Efficiency

Most of the talk about federal politics these days has centered on the mortgage crisis and the failing banking industry. The bulk of the money in the Obama administration’s bailout packages has been for banks, investment companies, other large industries and homeowners at risk for foreclosure.


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Keep the Lines Open

Years ago, when Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets, he said in amazement, “For these guys, every fly ball is a new adventure.” He might as well have been talking about building an integration team because every project of this kind requires a unique skill set and a custom cast of cha


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ComEd Reliability Performance Improves in 2008

The electric utility for the northern Illinois area, ComEd, reported 14 percent fewer outages than in 2007.


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A Case of Defective Drawings

“It is undisputed that virtually all of the drawings and specifications … contained substantial errors, conflicts and discrepancies, which rendered them unusable for the construction of the project … .” Eaton Electric Inc. v. Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, (N.Y.


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Stormy Weather

Three years after Hurricane Rita, while electrical contractors in southern Texas were still repairing and replacing damaged electrical systems, Hurricane Ike surged into Galveston and brought contractors the most work they had seen in decades. Ike made landfall in Galveston on Sept.


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What's Fibonacci Got to Do With It?

There is no question that we are in a severe bear market. From a record high of more than 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell to 8,777.67 on Dec. 31, 2008.


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Defining the Customer

The supervisor typically is the desinated point of contact between the company and outside entities, such as the general contractor, the designer, the owner, other contractors on the site or the contractor’s subcontractors and suppliers.


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