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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. 

Many estimators start out as electricians, and a significant portion of those are most experienced in residential work. The purpose of this article is to help move these estimators along the path to commercial and industrial electrical estimating.

When I ran the family contracting business, we still employed some of the old guard from my father’s term as owner. It was clear that they considered their training complete when they received their journeyman credentials.

Student veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq with emotional or physical disabilities now have a haven at the Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.

Greenlee’s portable work bench

Owners and managers of electrical contracting companies are always alert to tools and equipment that will enhance workforce productivity. Portable work stations provide a convenient, easy-to-move work surface and storage solution.

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NECA Convention to Light up San Francisco

From October 5–8, 2007, if there is an electrical problem in San Francisco, there will be plenty of electricians on hand to help.


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Nothing to Yawn About

If the stock market makes you nervous with its volatile ups and downs, you may want to take a good look at a more conservative alternative to stocks—municipal bonds. Mention tax-free municipals to some investors and you will be greeted with a big yawn.


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Lady or the Lion?

Remember the myth about an Impossible choice?A poor knight is rejected by the king as a suitor for his daughter. To test the knight’s love, the king tells him he can have his daughter in marriage if he selects the correct door. Behind one is the lady; behind the other is a lion.


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Average U.S. Electricity Prices Rise Another 4.7 Percent

Following an increase of nearly 11 percent in the year ending in April 2006, the average price of electricity for industrial or large commercial entities in the United States rose another 4.7 percent over the past year.


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Keep the Lights On

With building green comes the ongoing task of maintaining a green building. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was an early proponent of building green, and it remains an influence on the movement today.


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Power Line Reconstruction to Begin This Summer in Kentucky

Kentucky Utilities, the Lexington-based power provider, will embark on a much-needed upgrade to its high-voltage transmission lines this summer. The project will involve more than four miles of lines running between two substations, one in southeast and one in east Lexington.


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Transforming Today's Transformers

Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.


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