Times have changed, and residential electrical contracting is changing too. Twenty years ago, Inland Electric Corp., opened its doors in Shorewood, Ill., and the once-small company is now one of the Chicago area’s leading residential contractors.
Industrial and manufacturing facilities rely on motors to drive their processes. They are included in preventive maintenance programs because of investments, their critical importance to operations, and the cost of production downtime.
If you own an electrical contracting firm, the odds are, you haven’t created a succession plan. Consider this: You have invested years in building a successful business. Your intent is to hand the reins of the business to others while you ease into retirement.
Electrical distributors are the most vital link between the manufacturers of thousands of different electrical products and the designers, architects, specifiers, contractors, and service professionals that order, install, or use those products.
The supply-chain partnership (SCP)––a preferred relationship between suppliers and purchasers of industrial materials and components––is not a new phenomenon. The automotive and retail industries, among many others, have been using SCP for decades.
Greg and Susan Ernst run Royal Electric as co-presidents today. They gained direct knowledge of the intensive, snowballing effects of job compression through their experience at the Port Columbus International Airport.
Distribution system capacity continues to increase in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Arcing ground faults can seriously damage distribution equipment, causing fires, which damage facilities and endanger personnel. They also cause extended downtime during system repair.
Goliath-like utility company ComEdison recently turned to a David of the electrical contracting industry, Active Enterprises Inc., for the Wood Dale, Ill.-based company’s specialized talents in installing backup generators for computer-based facilities.
Suggesting that contractors look beyond traditional project work to more long-term maintenance opportunities will come as a culture shock to some. Suggesting that this is a straightforward way to make extra money will be more pleasing to the ear.
In the United States, cellular service providers are hurrying to build communications towers to supply these Personal Communications Services (PCSs), and construction is expected to continue through the early part of the next century, at the very least.