March 31, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV No. 6




CONTENTS
California Extends Deadline for Electrician Certification

EC&M Readers Crown Platinum Award Winner

Construction Employment Sets Record in February

NEMA's Industrial Control Indices Rise 10% Over 2003 Levels

January Housing Starts Hit 21-Year High

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Seeks Contractors for New Building

North Carolina Elementary School Announces Call for Bids for Addition

Eye on Safety

IEC Annual Legislative Conference

49th Annual CSI Show & Convention

Nebraska Iowa Electrical Council Show


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    Around the Circuit
    California Extends Deadline for Electrician Certification
    California electricians have three more months to complete the requirements for mandatory certification. The California Apprenticeship Council extended the deadline for general and residential electricians and fire safety technicians until July 1, 2005, and the deadline for monolingual Spanish speakers, V/D/V installers, and nonresidential lighting techs until Jan. 1, 2006. The electricians must pass a computerized certification exam and complete either an approved apprenticeship program or have 8,000 hours of experience as a general electrician and 2,000 hours as a nonresidential lighting technician to be certified for work in the state. See a list of the California certified electricians, download an application form, or visit the Web site for the Division of Apprenticeship Standards.


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    EC&M Readers Crown Platinum Award Winner
    Proving the age-old adage that good things come in small packages, the Space Saver EMT Set Screw and Compression Connector from Cooper Crouse-Hinds garnered the most votes from EC&M readers, and secured the Platinum Award in the magazine's 2005 Product of the Year competition. A panel of judges narrowed the field from 136 entrants to 25 category winners, and the magazine's readers chose the Platinum Award winner. "We are extremely pleased with the overwhelming success that we have experienced with our new Space Saver connectors, and we are thrilled to have received this well-recognized, well-respected award," said Jack King, commercial marketing manager of Cooper Crouse-Hinds.

    Construction Employment Sets Record in February
    Residential specialty trade contractors added 16,000 jobs in February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While severe weather conditions limited construction activity in January, February's employment levels increased by 30,000 to a record level of 7,116,000. The construction industry has added more than 458,000 jobs since March 2003, according to the BLS.

    NEMA's Industrial Control Indices Rise 10% Over 2003 Levels
    Although two National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) indices dipped in the fourth quarter due to a seasonal slowdown, and rising interest rates continue to hinder growth, both indices posted substantial gains over 2003 levels. The Primary Industrial Control Index, which represents U.S. shipments for industrial control devices, grew by nearly 10% on a year-over-year basis. The Primary Industrial Control and Adjustable Speed Drive Index, which measures the $2.6 billion U.S. industrial control marketplace, grew by more than 7% compared to the same period in 2004.

    January Housing Starts Hit 21-Year High
    Housing starts recently reached theif highest rate in 21 years, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. January's housing starts posted a 11.6% gain over last year and increased 4.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.159 million units. Single-family construction increased 12.5% from January 2004 to January 2005 while multifamily housing starts posted a 8.1% gain from a year ago.


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    Project Watch
    Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Seeks Contractors for New Building
    The City of Boston's Contract Administration Office is accepting bids for a project that's part of the Light Rail Accessibility Program. The scope of work includes both selective demolition and new construction at two stations on the Green Line. The modernization of the Copley and Arlington Stations will include the upgrade of the electrical and mechanical systems. Bids are due at 2 p.m. on April 14 at the Contract Administration Office, 5th floor, Room 5610, Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116. For more information, visit the city's Web site.

    North Carolina Elementary School Announces Call for Bids for Addition
    The Guilford County Board of Education is looking for an electrical contracting firm to provide services for an addition to Madison Elementary School in Guilford County, N.C. A pre-bid conference will take place at 8:30 a.m. on April 19, and final bids will be due at 2 p.m. on May 3. Contractors should send their bids to the District's Purchasing Office at 900 English Road, High Point, NC 27262. For more information, view the bid notice.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Eye on Safety
    The Associated General Contractors (AGC) presented AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) to three electrical contractors at its 86th annual convention. Kenny Electric won the first place prize in the service category, Gash Electric won second place in the company category, and Circle B Construction won third place in construction systems. Finalists were chosen based on zero worksite fatality and multi-catastrophic records.


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    Shows and Events
    IEC Annual Legislative Conference
    Electrical professionals will have the opportunity to visit their Congressional members on Capitol Hill during the 2005 IEC Legislative Conference April 18-20 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attendees can learn about emerging trends and the latest industry news at the IEC committee meetings or go to the 2005 Lawmaker Award Breakfast, which will recognize lawmakers who have secured Association Health Plans or eliminated Project Labor Agreements. Early bird rates expired in March, but you can still download a PDF of the registration form online or visit the IEC Web site for more information.

    49th Annual CSI Show & Convention
    Design, construction, and facility management professionals can learn how to streamline the delivery and operation of commercial and institutional buildings from April 19-23 at the 49th annual CSI Show and Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. Educational sessions will teach attendees how to implement and use the recently released MasterFormat 2004 Edition, the revised model for organizing project information. As an added bonus, each attendee will receive a free copy of MasterFormat 2004. Visit the CSI Web site for more information.


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    Nebraska Iowa Electrical Council Show
    The Nebraska Iowa Electrical Council, a 54-year-old non-profit organization, invites electrical professionals to attend its 2005 Electrical Manufacturers Trade Show April 27-28 at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Register online or visit the Web site for more information.

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