Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: March 2015

Expanding Into Industrial Work

Electrical contractors that specialize in residential and/or commercial work experience a lot of challenges, but also a lot of rewards. For those “intrepid” contractors who are looking for more, both in terms of challenges and rewards, industrial work may hold the answer.

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The Mission-Critical Role of Capital Asset Management

For many businesses operating in the construction industry today, much of their work relies on the operation of capital assets, such as generators, chillers, transformers, etc. These types of equipment contribute to the business’s ability to properly run and generate profit. It is therefore a major requirement that they remain in operation at all times because if a piece of machinery is down, the detrimental effect on the business is loss of work and, ultimately, income.

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Industrial Contractor Trends for 2015

Over the next several years, the industrial construction sector in the U.S. is poised for a dramatic and welcome pattern of growth. Contractors who work in this sector are seeing several key trends that will significantly impact their operations. The emerging U.S. energy renaissance will certainly drive increased demand for services. Yet the ability of contractors to staff up to meet those demands is challenged by an overall lack of skilled tradespeople. Industry demographics indicate that many firms will be experiencing ownership transitions in the next decade; the attractiveness of this industry sector in the mergers & acquisitions (M&A) market may provide opportunities to facilitate these transitions.

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Impact of Prefabrication on Industrial Construction Work

When it comes to prefabrication (prefab) for electrical construction work, there are three types of attitude and answers that can be heard from the electricians:

1. We can only prefab for standard items, and a maximum of 3-5 percent of the job can be prefabbed.

2. Prefab is only for commercial and residential work and won’t work for industrial.

3. Prefab takes our work away.

The reality is much different than that.

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Controlling LEDs

LED light sources offer energy savings, long life, excellent light quality, and new fixture options— allowing them to be used in almost any application. These advantages make LEDs an excellent choice for virtually any customer, but there are challenges associated with making sure that LEDs meet end-user expectations. Incandescent and halogen lighting, while inefficient, always offered highly predictable light quality with any control. In comparison, LEDs are much more efficient, but their dimming performance can widely by manufacturer and model.

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IEC Gives Back at Arlington Food Assistance Center

IEC National staff gathered at the Arlington Food Assistance Center on Friday, March 20 to bag and stack 2,500 pounds of oatmeal and dried beans. These bags of food will go directly to helping families in Arlington County, Virginia.

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IEC Applauds House Rejection of “Ambush Election” Rule

The United States House of Representatives today approved a resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to overturn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “Ambush Election” rule. The resolution, approved by the United States Senate on March 4, passed by a vote of 232-186 and would completely nullify the NLRB’s rule for expedited union elections.

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Senate Votes to Overturn the NLRB “Ambush Election” Rule

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to overturn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “Ambush Election” rule. The resolution was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and passed on a 53-46 vote.

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Central Pennsylvania IEC Awarded Apprenticeship Program Grant

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) has been awarded a $50,000 Apprenticeship Program Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The grant will support the training of apprentices to become electricians – a high-priority occupation in Pennsylvania on both a statewide and regional level.

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