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March 30, 2012
Studies Find Revealing Buildings' Energy Use Creates Jobs
EBCIs for North American Business Conditions Remain Strongly Positive in March
Small and Midsized Manufacturers Continue Growth and Expansion
Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive for Fourth Straight Month
Electrical Maintenance and Installation Services in Florida
Electrical Contractors Wanted in Washington
New York City Salon Cuts Energy Costs By 74% With LEDs
Moving Violations
Shermco Industries Steps Up International Work
OSHA Proposes $118,700 in Fines for Chicago Meat Processing Plant
Solar Power International 2012
Electrical Safety, Reliability, and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition
Lightfair International

Around the Circuit

Studies Find Revealing Buildings' Energy Use Creates Jobs

In today's economy, finding a proven catalyst for job growth — one that comes with no taxpayer price tag — is cause for excitement. Better yet, a jobs catalyst that saves consumers and businesses money and benefits the environment. Two new reports from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) show how a new kind of energy policy is creating skilled, export-proof jobs in cities across the United States. Under this type of policy, called "building energy rating and disclosure," owners of large buildings track exactly how much energy their properties use. Armed with this information, they can make changes that reduce their utility bills and those of their tenants — helping everyone’s bottom line.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.



EBCIs for North American Business Conditions Remain Strongly Positive in March

Following a run-up of more than 20 points in January and February to its highest level in more than six years, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions retreated slightly in March, slipping 0.5 points to 72. The survey's measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions remained at its highest mark in almost two years in March at +0.7 in February. The EBCI for future North American conditions remained strongly positive, jumping 11 points to 86 in March, its highest reading in more than a year.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.



Small and Midsized Manufacturers Continue Growth and Expansion

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, recently announced the findings of its fourth annual CFO survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies' CFOs in 2012. CFOs continue to see solid signs of the economic recovery in U.S. manufacturing. While member companies are planning more hiring, wage increases, and capital expenditures, the availability of skilled workers is a growing challenge.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.



Architecture Billings Index Remains Positive for Fourth Straight Month

Led by the commercial sector, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has remained in positive territory four months in a row. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 51.0, following a mark of 50.9 in January. This score reflects a slight increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from mark of 61.2 the previous month and its highest reading since July 2007.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.



Project Watch

Electrical Maintenance and Installation Services in Florida

The Board of County Commissioners, Martin County, Fla., is receiving sealed bids for electrical maintenance and installation services on an as-needed basis including, but not limited to routine repairs, maintenance and new installation of low voltage, 120V, 240V, and 480V electrical systems and their associated components. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. EST on April 11. For more information, visit www.martin.fl.us.



Electrical Contractors Wanted in Washington

The Capital Projects Office at the University of Washington, Seattle, is accepting electrical contractors on its Small Works Roster, which it uses to bid projects estimated to cost less than $300,000 for the University of Washington at its Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses and other locations. When a project is ready to bid through the use of the Small Works Roster, all contractors in the appropriate category will be notified by email. For information on the Small Works Roster, visit f2.washington.edu.



Web Exclusives

New York City Salon Cuts Energy Costs By 74% With LEDs

The interior of New York’s Salon Ziba has been reborn, thanks to the recent addition of new LED lighting, bringing soft and precise light to the posh Midtown locale. Phoster Industries’ LED lighting solutions, powered by the OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Golden Dragon LEDs, not only provide the salon with high-quality light, but also deliver significant cost savings — up to 74% annually.

To read more on this story, visit the EC&M website.



Moving Violations

For the most recent real-life Code violations caught on tape, EC&M constulant Joe Tedesco, NEC expert, checks out an outdoor installation. To view the video, visit the EC&M website.



Shermco Industries Steps Up International Work

Shermco Industries announced recently the completion of four international projects and its expansion in the global space for electrical testing, repair, and maintenance and the analysis of rotating apparatus and electrical power distribution systems. Shermco finished a job in Mazar, Afghanistan, for a U.S. government contractor, a construction and facilities management company. NETA acceptance testing on a consulate building was performed. Additionally, Shermco has finished a job off the coast of Equatorial Guinea for a Fortune 500 oil company, repairing generators on a ship to restore power. Shermco has also completed projects for an international offshore marine services provider. Ship motors, weighing approximately 8,000 lbs each, were extracted from vessels in Brazil and Mexico and shipped to Shermco's Irving, Texas, headquarters to be tested and rebuilt. Variable frequency drive difficulties were discovered and resolved.

To read more on this story, visit the EC&M website.



Eye on Safety

OSHA Proposes $118,700 in Fines for Chicago Meat Processing Plant

A California-based food company has been accused of 22 safety and health violations at its West Loop meat processing plant, and faces penalties of up to $118,700. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHSA) began an inspection on September 29 at Bridgford Foods Corp.'s Chicago plant as part of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates follow-up inspections of employers that endanger workers by through repeat violations, a release from the federal agency said. Bridgford Foods was placed in the program following a July 2010 inspection for exposing workers to energized equipment and failing to implement and provide training on lockout and tagout procedures.

Other serious safety violations included a lack of emergency illumination, as well as electrical violations such as not enclosing live electrical equipment, missing electrical ground pins, not inspecting power cords of damaged equipment, and not covering unused circuit breakers. The latest OSHA inspection was the fifth since 2007 of the facility, where about 150 people work. Bridgford Foods also operates two facilities in Dallas and one in Statesville, N.C.



Call for Papers

Solar Power International 2012

Solar Power International (SPI) is scheduled for September 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. You can participate in the Solar Power International 2012 program by responding to its Call for Speakers for consideration. It is especially seeking an integrated and diverse program reflecting:

  • All solar technologies – PV, SHW and other thermal, CSP, etc.
  • All size projects, from residential and small commercial to large and utility-scale
  • Utility representation of investor-owned, co-op, and municipal
  • International representation – particularly seeking speakers on solar in Latin America for this Orlando conference
All applications must be submitted online. The deadline for proposal submission is April 6. For more information, visit the call for speakers.

Shows & Events

Electrical Safety, Reliability, and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition

The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) will present its 15th Annual Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition from May 5-7 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Conference topics include "Lessons for Electrical Safety and Reliability;" "IEEE Perspective of Circuit Breaker Conversions and Switchgear Life Extensions;" "Equipment Safety Opportunities;" PEARL and ANSI standards updates; and technician certification. For more information and to register, visit the PEARL website.



Lightfair International

Lightfair International (LFI) 2012 is scheduled for May 7-8 in Las Vegas. Courses to be presented at the event include advanced lighting, computer-aided lighting analysis, lighting controls systems, and daylighting. For more information and to register, visit www.lightfair.com.



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