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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. 

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

One of the recurring themes of my writing has been the continuing decline in the quality of electrical bid documents. Let’s put it this way: the bidding documents, plans and specifications have become a black hole, sucking up estimating hours like never before.

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Douglas J. Pileggi, vice president of sales at Leviton Manufacturing in New York, passed away on Sept. 27 in Winfield, Ill., at the age of 67.

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.


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