March 29, 2002 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. 1, No. 1
CONTENTS
Welcome to the EC&M and CEE News ElectricalZone Newsletter

Vote for the 2002 Product of the Year

Corporate Electrical Contractors Struggle
With Debts and Markets

Counterfeit Electrical Products
On the Rise

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Cable Identification Guidelines

Industry Statistics


About this Newsletter
To unsubscribe to this newsletter, click here: Unsubscribe

To subscribe, click here: Subscribe

For information on advertising in this newsletter, please contact Bob MacArthur.
 


Welcome to the EC&M and CEE News ElectricalZone Newsletter
Congratulations, you've been selected to receive the premiere issue of the ElectricalZone e-newsletter. Sponsored by the editorial staffs of EC&M and CEE News magazines, ElectricalZone will serve as your view to a new dimension in the electrical industry. This new twice-a-month news source promises to:
  • Bring you late-breaking news stories from around the industry.
  • Test your knowledge of the NEC via a Code Q&A format.
  • Deliver you exclusive business/technical feature articles.
  • Inform you of upcoming industry shows and events.
  • And much, much more.

And to make sure we're providing you with the content you need to better manage your business or enhance your technical skills, we'd like you to drop us a line and let us know how we're doing. Better yet, tell us what you want to see in future issues of this e-newsletter. We promise to do our best to address your request in a future issue of ElectricalZone.


ADVERTISEMENT
As the world leader in emergency and standby power transfer solutions, ASCO keeps your power on. ASCO, Automatic Transfer Switches and Power Systems safeguard data and telecommunications networks, industrial processes and critical installations from health care facilities to financial transaction centers. Over the past 70 years, ASCO has pioneered every major product innovation in power transfer technology. And we're committed to providing a full range of quality-driven products, backed by 24-hour nationwide service support. For more information, visit our Web site.

Around the Circuit
Vote for the 2002 Product of the Year
CEE News and EC&M magazines have teamed up to sponsor the second annual Product of the Year Platinum Award competition. A panel of judges selected 24 finalists at Electric West in Las Vegas. Now it's your turn to vote for the winner and enter a drawing to win $100.

Corporate Electrical Contractors Struggle
With Debts and Markets

The electrical contracting consolidation corporations that prospered in the late 1990s have lately fallen on hard times, according to a recent article in ENR magazine. Quanta Services, Integrated Electrical Services, and Encompass, all based in Houston, are all saddled with bad debt and things could get even worse, according to a report from Standard and Poor's. Quanta is in a power struggle with its biggest investor, UtiliCorp United Inc.; Encompass is trying to get through 2002 without violating its lending agreements, like it did it 2001; Integrated Electrical Systems had its credit lowered in January and Standard and Poor's lowered the rating on Encompass on Feb. 15, 2002. However, one large contractor continues to profit in this tough market. Norwalk, Conn.-based Emcor Group's Return on Permanent Capital (ROPC) is 20% for the last few years. The other consolidators' ROPC is in the 10% to 12% range.

Counterfeit Electrical Products
On the Rise

Just because the GFCI you installed on your last job was labeled for UL approval doesn't mean it's a safe receptacle. In fact, it may not offer ground-fault protection at all. That's the message NEMA members tried to impress upon attendees of the Electrical Products Anti-Counterfeiting meeting on March 13. Speakers discussed the growing number of counterfeit electrical products entering U.S. markets from China, Russia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Deceptive labels and copied packaging and trademarks make such products difficult to distinguish from the real thing. The association is looking into developing a task force to combat the problem.


ADVERTISEMENT
Snake Tray Installs in Seconds
Cable Tray installations are never a straight run. Manufacturing turns with traditional cable trays takes time and costs money. Snake Tray (TM) bends by hand to go over/under or around obstacles in seconds, saving you time and money! Cable trays are available for overhead, wall and underfloor applications. Visit www.snaketray.com to learn more.


Code Corner
What's Wrong Here?
Click here to see why this installation violates the NEC requirements.
HINT: This receptacle was found in a tub area in Gilmore, Ariz.


Code Q&A
Q. Are AFCIs prone to frequent nuisance tripping?
Click here to see the answer.



ADVERTISEMENT
See the newest products and services from the industry's top manufacturers at Electric Show 2002, the biggest electrical equipment show in the United States. The exposition and conference will take place from June 17-19 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Zone Exclusives
Cable Identification Guidelines
and Practices

Cable and wire management is getting increasingly difficult and costly, with today's increased security and communication systems adding to an already high equipment density. An understanding of labeling practices and what tools to use for the job can lower installation costs and improve maintainability.
Click here for the full article.


Industry Statistics
Overall housing starts rose 2.8% in February to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.77 million units, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The gain was due entirely to the single-family sector, where starts rose 7.4% to a rate of 1.46 million units - their fastest pace since December 1978.
Click here for the full article.


To get this newsletter in a different format (Text, AOL or HTML), or to change your e-mail address, please go to your profile page.

Copyright 2002, PRIMEDIA. All rights reserved. This article is protected by United States copyright and other intellectual property laws and may not be reproduced, rewritten, distributed, re-disseminated, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast, directly or indirectly, in any medium without the prior written permission of Primedia Business Magazines & Media Inc.