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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. 


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The 62nd annual National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show, held in Boston this year from Oct. 7–10, is bursting at the seams with new technology, educational workshops, networking opportunities and product exhibitions.

Today’s contracting environment is characterized by tools that enable productivity. This includes technology solutions (such as project management software) that enable building operators and contractors to monitor and measure project completion.

Contractors are gamblers by nature. They risk their livelihood on a multitude of factors, many of them uncontrollable, such as the weather, commodity prices and the actions of others. Nowhere is this risk better demonstrated than during the competitive bidding process.

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Fire at Power Plant Causes Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

Most of the 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico have spent two days without power as the result of a fire at Aguirre power plant in the southern town of Salinas, according to the Associated Press.

NECA Ships up to Boston

Throughout the year, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) plans and puts on a host of meetings and conferences. From NECA Now to the National Legislative Conference and the NECA Safety Professionals Conference, we do our best to keep you informed.

Risky Business: Fire Protection for 
Historic Structures

Few building types pose the fire-protection challenges that museums present to fire-safety-system designers and installers. Certainly, the safety of building occupants remains the top responsibility.

Boston Public Market Facelift Had Unusual Challenges

Boston Public Market is a 28,000-square-foot, indoor marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty products, complete with a 3,200-square-foot demonstration kitchen. Working with construction manager Lee Kennedy Co.

Fancy Footwork: McDonald Electrical Corp. Helps Renovate Converse’s Boston HQ

As part of Boston’s waterfront renaissance, American shoe company Converse has opened its new headquarters in a facility that housed manufacturing and storage for most of its almost century-long life.

Undersea Cable Delivers Power From First U.S. Offshore Wind Project

Offshore wind has been making headway as a legitimate source of renewable energy.

Staying In Demand: New Utility Rates Could Build Business for ECs

The latest electricity sales data and forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) are just the latest indicator that energy efficiency works.