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Emerging Leaders

In January 2018 IEC published an article written by MCA with focus on the topic of recruiting workers (Recruiting for the Future, January 2018, Insights Magazine); hopefully by now you were able to successfully implement some of the concepts and it has satisfied your head count needs. The next step is of course to retain the best people that you have; the aspiring and capable leaders for your business. Offering more money is not always the solution. People are less motivated by money then what they want you to believe, and this is especially true of skilled workers.

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Marijuana Usage is a Workplace Safety Issue

Let’s clear the smoke on this issue – the expanding societal acceptance and legalization of marijuana usage (medical or recreational) poses a substantial workplace safety issue on construction job sites. Contractors should take immediate action to address this expanding risk.

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The Future of the Electrical Industry

Where is the electrical industry going and who is going to take us there? Well, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) have teamed up in identifying some of our very own emerging leaders and asking them questions about leadership and the pathway to a better future for our industry.

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Smart Tool+ Brings Crimping Into the Digital Age

Crimping, done correctly and according to manufacturers’ specifications, is reliable and effective, but the process is not nearly as simple as it looks. Crimping electrical connections reliably on a mass scale actually requires a fairly sophisticated blend of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in order to work well.

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How to Make Money in a Good Economy

While the economy has been expanding for the last nine years, some economists predict a slow-down or the next recession to begin around 2019 and onwards. Here at MCA Inc. working with our contractors we believe, based on the collective backlog and barring any major catastrophic events both naturally and socially that we may see the next slow down around 2022-2023.

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The Key to Consistent Investing? Pay Yourself First

Consistency is a key ingredient of success in many activities – including investing. And one technique that can help you become a more consistent investor is paying yourself first.

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The Paradox of Managing Large Jobs

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FABRICATION: The Productivity Advantage

Building on the jobsite has always had productivity challenges. Clash, material mismanagement, adverse weather conditions, injuries, wasted motion, and many other factors lead to inefficiencies that cost you time and money. And as a result, generally speaking, less than 50 percent of time on the jobsite is productive. That means less than half your employees’ time is spent contributing to a job’s profit margin.

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Powering Tool Safety

In recent years, the total number and rate of work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) or ergonomic injuries in construction have increased significantly.1 With an increase of 12%, this data highlights the need for both employers and employees to focus more of their attention to ergonomic safety. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, there is a 19% employment increase for electricians projected through 2024. Why is this significant? It equals more than 81,000 new opportunities to improve safety right at the beginning of these apprentices’ careers.

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How to Protect Your Assets

One of the keys to learning how to protect your business and personal assets from lawsuits is to understand how lawsuits work. The proceedings of a lawsuit can be broken into six simple steps.

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