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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.

Imagine a day when electrical contractors or suppliers can manufacture the components, tools, even cable they needed on a construction site with a 3-D printer.

If we don’t rebuild American education, we won’t be able to build in America or buy American.

David Hounshell is trained in electrical engineering and history and focuses on innovation at the intersection of science, technology and industry. He is currently writing two more books.

Electrical contractors convey electrical products on the last mile of the journey from manufacturer through distributor to installation. This applies to products for every type of electrical work.

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