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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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OTTO's self-driving semi-truck on U.S. 33. Photo courtesy of the ODOT. (http://www.dot.state.oh.us/pages/home.aspx)
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In December 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced that the state would invest $15 million to install high-capacity fiber optic cable and embedded, wireless sensors along a 35-mile stretch of U.S.


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While President Trump campaigned on a promise to boost opportunities for fossil fuels and revitalize the coal industry, market forces might already have limited his opportunities for fulfilling that pledge.


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Surviving Chaos

In the original “Jurassic Park” movie, mathematician Ian Malcolm warns the creator of the park that control is an illusion. Regardless of how many electric fences, backup systems and contingency plans are in place, there is ultimately no guarantee of safety in the park.


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Withdrawing or Being Bound by a Bid


An electrical contractor client of mine came to me with a problem. His company had been working closely with a general contractor (GC) to develop a proposal for a large design/build project that was in the works.


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Life Savers: Personal Finance, Budgeting and Retirement

By most standards, the United States has a highly educated populace. However, one glaring omission is the teaching of personal finance, and it contributes to the lack of financial mobility and prosperity of any person who fails to learn how to budget, save or balance a bank account.



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