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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. 

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.

Among the industries seeking ways to make technology smaller, lighting is no exception. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Strasbourg in France has developed the first single-molecule light-emitting diode (LED).


Social media made news last year. According to Pew Research Center’s December “Social Media Update 2013,” an estimated 73 percent of adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook remains by far the dominant platform (71 percent), but 42 percent of adults now use multiple sites.

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