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May 29, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 10



CONTENTS
Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!

Top 50 Electrical Contractors

Architecture Billings Index Points to Possible Economic Improvement

Construction Employment Declines in April

Industrial Controls Shipments Plunge During First Quarter

HPBCCC Provides Input to Congress on High-Performance Federal Buildings

Electrical Service and Lighting in Pennsylvania

Cathodic Protection System in New York

Business Brief

From the Forensic Files of NIOSH

26TH Annual IALD Award Recipients Announced

Power Plant Worker in Arc Flash Incident

Enroll In EC&M University's Online Arc Flash Courses



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    Editor's Note
    Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!
    Would you like to help pick the prestigious EC&M Product of the Year winner and qualify for a chance to win $100? If you're an EC&M subscriber, make your vote count by visiting the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Poll. To review the products, click on the links for each of the 29 category winners to read a brief description and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, enter your contact information, choose your favorite product from the drop-down menu, and click submit.

    Your selection will help us identify the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winners. As an added incentive, three lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift check.

    The voting poll will remain open through 5 p.m. on June 19, 2009. Only one vote per EC&M subscriber, please. Any votes received from manufacturers, PR firms, or non-EC&M readers will be discarded.


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Top 50 Electrical Contractors
    Based on results of a survey exclusive to EC&M, the August cover story will chronicle the successes and challenges EC&M's Top 50 electrical contractors experienced throughout 2008. The report will reveal the strategies of the top players with the highest sales, highlighting particular accomplishments. In addition, the article will track hot and cool markets and the cutting-edge technologies and processes the firms introduced into their work practices last year, as well as those on the verge of changing the landscape of project delivery and installation in the future.

    If your electrical firm has what it takes to make the Top 50 list (the cutoff for total design revenue for last year was $1.0 million) and would like to participate, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Past participants can expect to receive the survey at the beginning of June.


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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index Points to Possible Economic Improvement
    After an eight-point jump in March, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell less than a full point in April. 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), Washington, D.C., reported the April ABI rating was 42.8, down from the 43.7 mark in March. This was the first time since August and September 2008 that the index was above 40 for consecutive months. However, the score still indicates an overall decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 56.8.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    Construction Employment Declines in April
    Construction employment fell by 110,000 jobs in April, with losses spread throughout the sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Over the past six months, job losses have averaged 120,000 per month, compared with 46,000 per month from December 2007 through October 2008.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    Industrial Controls Shipments Plunge During First Quarter
    The Primary Industrial Controls Index, measured by Rosslyn, Va.-based NEMA, experienced its largest quarter-to-quarter decline on record, contracting more than 23% in the first quarter of 2009 versus the fourth quarter of 2008. On a year-over-year basis, the index showed a very rapid downward movement, dropping 30.5% compared to the first quarter of 2008. Inflation-adjusted shipments of industrial control equipment have fallen to their lowest level since 1991. Conditions in the broader industrial controls market, as measured by the Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, were also weak, but slightly less so, as this metric slipped 19.6% from the prior quarter and more than 26% on a year-over-year basis.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    HPBCCC Provides Input to Congress on High-Performance Federal Buildings
    The High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) has issued a report that focuses on federal buildings as principal targets to incorporate characteristics of high-performance buildings. The report, "Producing High-Performance Federal Buildings," was delivered to members of Congress as a guide for upcoming legislation.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    Project Watch
    Electrical Service and Lighting in Pennsylvania
    Brighton Township, Beaver County, Pa., is soliciting bids for electrical service for restroom, storage facility, and parking lot lighting at the Two Mile Park Baseball Field. Scope of work includes providing all necessary labor, equipment, and materials in connection with the installation of 200A electrical service and lighting for split-face block building and lighting for parking lot. Bids are due at 10 a.m. EST on June 8. For more information, visit the Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times Web site and scroll down to the "Invitation for Bids for the "Two Mile Park Baseball Field Contract C."


    Cathodic Protection System in New York
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is accepting bids for cathodic protection system repairs at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, N.Y. The work under this contract consists generally of cathodic protection system repairs, including test stations, reference electrodes, anode ground beds, and rectifiers. The deadline for bids is 2:30 p.m. EST on June 9. For questions, contact Jessamma Vatakencherry by phone at (212) 435-3953 or by e-mail at jvataken@panynj.gov.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    PowerSecure, Wake Forest, N.C., has been awarded approximately $6 million of new business from several major grocery chains for its state-of-the-art green EfficientLights light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology. The new technology is expected to reduce the stores' refrigerated case-lighting energy use by 70% and reduce the carbon footprint by approximately 80 thousand lb of carbon emissions annually per store.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.


    From the Forensic Files of NIOSH
    Failure to enact established lockout/tagout procedures proves fatal to an electrician at a California newspaper recycling factory. Read the full incident report on the EC&M Web site.


    26TH Annual IALD Award Recipients Announced
    On May 6, the winners of the 26th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards were announced at a presentation in New York. Read about the honorees on the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Power Plant Worker in Arc Flash Incident
    On May 19, a worker at the Apex Power Plant in North Las Vegas was seriously burned when a generator he was working on arced. He suffered flash burns on 20% of his body, mostly on his upper torso. The North Las Vegas Fire Department, along with Clark County and the City of Las Vegas Fire Departments, responded to the rescue call, which came from Apex around 8:30 a.m. In addition, both ground and air ambulances responded to the scene.


    Shows & Events
    Enroll In EC&M University's Online Arc Flash Courses
    Need Arc Flash prevention training and continuing education, but don't have a travel budget? That's no problem. EC&M University’s e-Training Center is the answer! Just link to these live, online training courses directly from your computer. Each course will be presented in a concise and easy-to-understand manner by an industry acknowledged expert.

    • Arc Flash Testing Updates
      June 16, 2009
    • Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation Case Studies
      June 25, 2009
    For more information, go to www.ecmuniversity.com. To register online, go to www.acteva.com/go/ecmuniversity.

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