GE Supply Logistics, LLC, an operating unit of GE Supply, the electrical products distribution business of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), has opened its new headquarters, sales and distribution center in Irving, Texas.
On the job and in the office, communication styles often determine how productively your team performs, be it estimating a new job or completing one in the field. Communication is at the center of motivation and leadership, and it can be related to personality.
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.
Minneapolis, Nov. 11, 200'–Transition Networks, the conversion technology experts, announced an enhanced distribution relationship with Graybar, the leading distributor of telecommunications, networking, and electrical products and services.
Information technology (IT) is being used increasingly throughout business to improve productivity and has the potential to do the same for electrical contractors. IT can increase effectiveness by improving communications and streamlining work.
Like many a novice, overworked contractor, I once found myself spread out on the dining room table making a takeoff when my teenage daughter asked if she could help. My first inclination was absolutely negative, but then I figured she could count symbols too.
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.
These days, if you’re doing only wiring and cabling, you’re probably in the minority. Many electrical contractors wisely continue to expand their customer base, capitalizing on a variety of market upswings in low-voltage systems and services.
In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act to “provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans ...” That’s all well and g
A renewed kind of electricaL contractor has been created—the successful entrepreneur who sold his company into a roll-up and then bought it back. That, and several large utilities that remain important on the contractor scene, is the residue of the 1996-2000 subcontractor roll-up craze.
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).
Six Sigma is a program for improving manufacturing quality developed by Motorola in the mid-1980s and adopted and expanded by General Electric (GE) in the 1990s. Today, Six Sigma is being used by a variety of other well-known manufacturing firms as well as all types and sizes of service firms.
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.