Around the Circuit
Executives Forecast Hike in 2005 Sales
Engineering companies have predicted the highest
increase in profit margins in the history of an industry
survey. EFCG, Inc., a New York-based financial management consulting
company, surveyed executives at 180 design firms, which ranged in
revenue from less than $10 million to more than $1 billion. The
executives anticipate an average of a 7% increase in growth and 10.1%
hike in operating margins in 2004 and a 9% rise in growth and an 11.3%
increase in margins in 2005. EFCG, which has conducted the survey for
the past nine years, found that although the executives' predictions
sometimes overly optimistic, last year's results measured up to the
predictions. While engineering firms see better times ahead, they still
expect to face such concerns as personnel shortages, rising oil prices,
lack of bonding, and offshoring.
AEMC Instruments' clamp-on ground resistance testers measure ground rod
and grid resistance in any environment without the use of auxiliary
ground rods. Both testers measure ground resistance from 0.01 ohm to
1200 ohms without disconnecting the rod under test. The Models 3711
3731 also measure ground leakage and phase current from 1mA to 30Arms.
The large jaw (1.25") accommodates ground conductors up to 1000MCM. The
Model 3731 includes both an alarm function and a memory function, which
will store up to 99 field measurements. Patented design. Visit www.aemc.com to learn more.
IES Sells Two
Electrical Contracting Firms
Integrated Electrical Services, which topped
EC&M's 2004 listing of the Top 50 electrical contractors,
recently announced the sale of two of its electrical contracting firms.
IES sold College Station, Texas-based Britt Rice Electric, Inc., and
Oklahoma City-based Delco Electric, Inc., for $7.5 million. The units
combined revenues of $38.7 million and a combined operating income of
million. According to EC&M's sister publication, Electrical
Marketing, IES posted a net loss of $134.4 million in the 2004
quarter and will use the net proceeds from the sales to retire IES'
senior secured indebtedness.
Electrical Systems Contract to Engineering Firm
NASA has hired a Houston-based engineering firm to
develop technology for the launch of future science and space missions.
Muniz Engineering, Inc., will provide electrical engineering support
services for Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The firm
provide the engineering services for the study, design, development,
fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of
flight, airborne, and ground system hardware and software.
Offer Business Advice for Service Contractors
Calling all service contractors: If you've got questions, we've
got answers. Beginning in January 2005, EC&M will launch a new
monthly business-themed Q&A column for the owners of electrical service
companies. Each month in the print magazine, Patrick Kennedy, president
of Mister Sparky and CEO of Electricians' Success International, will
answer real questions submitted by real readers with real problems.
advice on how to turn a negative service call into a positive referral?
Having trouble drumming up new business? With nearly 20 years in the
electrical service industry, Kennedy has almost seen it all, and he's
ready to use that experience to help you. E-mail your service
contracting questions to email@example.com
Once You Try the Twister® PRO,
Never Turn Back
The Twister® is already the premier wire connector
the industry, but for IDEAL, staying ahead of the curve is what
innovation is all about. The new Twister® PRO features
unique cushioned SureGrip™ technology. It brings a soft grip that
allows an unmatched level of comfort and provides smooth, quick
connections. Visit www.idealindustries.com
for a product sample today.
Municipality Seeks Electrical Firm to Maintain and Improve Public
The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners in
Florida is looking for an electrical engineering firm to provide
professional services related to the maintenance and improvement of
public facilities. The Pasco County Purchasing Department will be
accepting sealed bids until 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Pasco County
Purchasing Department, 8919 Government Drive, New Port Richey, FL
For more information, view the bid
Wisconsin Plans to Renovate Classrooms
The University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wis., seeks a
contracting firm to renovate classrooms located in the Morris Hall,
Wimberly Hall, and Cowley Hall buildings. The scope of work includes
selective demolition, overhead projection screens, and HVAC and
electrical work. Bids are due at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 and must be sent to
the State of Wisconsin Administration Building, 7th Floor, 101 East
Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53702. A pre-bid inspection tour will take
place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10. For more information, view the bid
Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From
Introducing the Great GearSM program, a way to acquire free
gifts by collecting and redeeming B-Line Bucks found on B-Line's
fastener product boxes.
Simply remove your B-Line Bucks from the box label and use them to
select from a wide assortment of gear in B-Line's Great Gear catalog.
To obtain a catalog and order forms, see your local B-Line distributor,
or visit our website at www.b-line.com
Eye on Safety
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
now moving into its second decade of providing electrical safety
information for the home, school, and workplace. The organization
recently announced its new board officers and members for 2005. Grant
Carter, vice president of marketing and communications for CSA Group,
will serve as the chairman of the ESFI Board of Directors and is
currently planning ways to increase electrical safety awareness in
David Tallman, who has been part of the ESFI board since 2001, will
serve as the vice chairman.
Submissions for Project Watch Department
Is your firm working on a landmark construction
EC&M is looking for projects to profile in its monthly Project
Watch department. The construction project must be currently underway
and feature an extensive amount of electrical work. Please e-mail your
project descriptions, contact information, and jobsite photos to Amy Fischbach,
EC&M staff writer.
NIMBUS™ Offers 190 Insulated Connectors
Configurations include single-sided or dual-sided multi-tap
connectors as well as in-line or offset splicer-reducer connectors.
Dual rated for copper or aluminum conductor, the offering is UL Listed
and features removable plugs for entry port closure. Visit our Web
at www.ilsco.com for additional
Shows and Events
Electric West 2005
The electric industry is evolving with new
for electrical professionals, and Electric West can help you take
advantage of them with new pavilions and new conference sessions
targeting some of the hottest markets in the industry -- home
automation, renewable energy, and power quality. If you purchase,
recommend, or use electrical products and equipment, you won't want to
miss this trade show and conference from Feb. 8-10 at the Anaheim
Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The conference program has been
expanded to include more than 60 courses, including sessions on changes
to the 2005 NEC. Visit the Web
site to register online.
Electrical professionals who are looking for the latest
in software and information technology are invited to attend the
Technology for Construction conference. The event, which is part of the
World of Concrete, will take place from Jan. 17-21 at the Las Vegas
Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference will feature 46 sessions
for IT and general management. An Executive Forum will discuss
strategies, management concepts, and technology solutions, and the IT
marketplace will showcase products and tools for the construction
industry. Visit the Web
for more information.
Learn about the latest in the information transport
industry by attending the BICSI Winter Conference from Jan. 24-27 at
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The event
will feature three days of general sessions, an awards banquet, and a
trade show. For more information, visit BICSI's Web site.
Applications Society Electrical Safety Workshop
Professionals will exchange ideas for preventing
electrical accidents and injuries in the workplace at the IEEE
Industrial Applications Society Electrical Safety Workshop. The event,
which will take place from Feb. 8-11 at the Marriott Tech Center in
Denver, will help to establish best practices and advance technology.
The workshop will feature tutorials on topics such as arc-flash hazard
analysis and implementing an electrical safety program. For more
information, visit the Web site.
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