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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. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge


Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

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Help Wanted: Meeting Demands for Talent

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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At the NECA Show, Amy Purdy Inspired With Her Story of Determination and Creative Problem Solving

On the first day of the NECA Show in Seattle, Hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees packed into the Washington Convention Center's ballroom to hear Amy Purdy's inspiring story, and they were not disappointed. 


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Students, their parents and high school administrators are taking a second look at careers in the construction trades.
Stemming the Tide: Trade Education in High Schools

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.



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Former Starbucks CEO to NECA Show Attendees: 'Never Be Bigger Than the Front Line'

Every year, the NECA Convention and Trade Show attracts the biggest names and leaders in the electrical construction industry. They come to both share their knowledge and learn from other experts what they can do to keep their businesses growing.


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Safe From The Storm: Update on Undergrounding Projects

For decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground.


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2017 NECA Showstopper Showcase Winners

The Showstopper Showcase is always a popular stop on the trade show floor at the NECA Show, and this year, I decided to see what everybody is always talking about.


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Controlling The Electronic Blizzard

Meaningless emails are a bane. In a construction lawsuit I tried last year, the parties exchanged their project documents, which included more than 200,000 emails each.


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