Caterpillar Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are expected to win a contract to install one of the nation's first advanced utility-scale fuel cell power plants designed to feed power from a substation into a local electric distribution system.
With a stalling economy and rising utility costs, saving money has become the most common objective of business owners. For electrical contractors, that equates to a shifted focus on upgrading existing electrical systems rather than on new construction.
Growing the volume of your business is natural, it’s expected and it’s rewarded. The problem is, it takes planning, cash and expertise to keep revenue growth from killing an otherwise successful electrical contracting business.
For every sweltering summer there is a bone-chilling winter. In construction, contractors enjoyed tremendous growth and profitability during the late 1990s and early part of this new century. While it lasted, the ride generated widespread prosperity.
It's no secret that there's a work force shortage. If your key employees are demanding better compensation and benefits, you're probably frustrated. You know it's a seller's market and you can't afford to lose good people.
Electrical contracting firms are no longer the "single-product" firms they once were. For most of the history of electrical construction, the electrical contracting firm's market has been traditional contract construction and its customer base, predominantly general contracting firms.
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) released an open letter to the electrical industry urging all electrical manufacturers to begin providing and maintaining accurate and timely pricing data through the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).
An electrical contracting company is worthless on a job site without the proper people and the right tools. Equipping skilled employees with the appropriate tools and equipment at the right time is the difference between profits and disaster.
The key to profitably pricing service work is knowing the true “street cost” of running your service department, which, simply put, is the cost incurred fulfilling your customers’ needs and expectations.
The government’s deregulation of five major industries—airlines, telecommunications, cable television, banking and electricity—has harmed customers far more than helped them, according to a study released by Consumers Union.
Why manage your cash now Some contractors have said the construction market is slowing. Others report they are busier now than ever in the last 10 years. One contractor said this is the busiest construction downturn he has ever experienced.
An owner approaches you not only for the electrical wiring of a new building, but also the highest-tech structured cabling system available for security, networking and e-access, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
Whether you believe we’re having a recession, might have one or are just coming out of one, there are ways to make such downtimes less painful. Analyze your field labor force. How many full-time journeymen and apprentices are making you money?
Just a few years ago, knowledgeable electrical contractors believed that the trick was to virtually “give away” an initial VDV installation, and, by landing a service contract in that way, capitalize for years on the very lucrative moves, adds and changes (MACs) that followed.