December 30, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 24
CONTENTS
Engineering Executives Forecast Hike in 2005 Sales

IES Sells Two Electrical Contracting Firms

NASA Awards Electrical Systems Contract to Engineering Firm

EC&M to Offer Business Advice for Service Contractors

Florida Municipality Seeks Electrical Firm to Maintain and Improve Public Facilities

University of Wisconsin Plans to Renovate Classrooms

Eye on Safety

EC&M Seeking Submissions for Project Watch Department

Electric West 2005

Technology for Construction

BICSI Winter Conference

IEEE Industrial Applications Society Electrical Safety Workshop


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    Around the Circuit
    Engineering 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 are 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.


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    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 had combined revenues of $38.7 million and a combined operating income of $1.5 million. According to EC&M's sister publication, Electrical Marketing, IES posted a net loss of $134.4 million in the 2004 fiscal fourth quarter and will use the net proceeds from the sales to retire IES' senior secured indebtedness.

    NASA Awards 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 will provide the engineering services for the study, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of space flight, airborne, and ground system hardware and software.

    EC&M to 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. Need 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 mhalverson@primediabusiness.com


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    Project Watch
    Florida Municipality Seeks Electrical Firm to Maintain and Improve Public Facilities
    The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners in Florida is looking for an electrical engineering firm to provide ongoing 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 34654. For more information, view the bid notice.

    University of 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 notice.


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    Eye on Safety
    The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is 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 2005. David Tallman, who has been part of the ESFI board since 2001, will serve as the vice chairman.

    EC&M Seeking Submissions for Project Watch Department
    Is your firm working on a landmark construction project? 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.


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    Shows and Events
    Electric West 2005
    The electric industry is evolving with new opportunities 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.

    Technology for Construction
    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 business strategies, management concepts, and technology solutions, and the IT marketplace will showcase products and tools for the construction industry. Visit the Web site for more information.

    BICSI Winter Conference
    Learn about the latest in the information transport industry by attending the BICSI Winter Conference from Jan. 24-27 at the 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.

    IEEE Industrial 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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