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ElectricTV.Net Shows How Owners Control Costs by Using Design-Savvy Contractors

BETHESDA, MD, January 19, 2009 -– The many advantages of having qualified electrical

contractors not only install but design critical building systems are highlighted in the latest

edition of A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association

(NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is the

only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical

construction and information systems industries.

In today's cost-conscious environment, building owners are looking more than ever to

achieve the results they want at a price they can afford. Increasingly, owners are turning to

electrical contractors that offer a design/build approach, who apply their considerable expertise

at the planning stage to determine what's best for the building, then bring in the best-trained

electricians to perform the work. Says Larry Hollis, vice president of business development for

NECA contractor Rosendin Electric, “By getting us involved early, not only can we hear right

from the owners what they're looking for, but we can speed the design process and contain the

cost of the project.”

Also on this edition of is a virtual worksite tour that helps building owners

be more proactive in identifying job hazards; a segment on how the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan,

is cutting their energy costs in half by turning to LED lighting; and a spotlight on how

NECA/IBEW's unique training programs are preparing the green workers America needs both

today and tomorrow.

To view, visit


Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation

Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW

together work to:

• Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and

• Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction

industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities

across the United States. NECA's national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry

through advocacy, education, research and standards development.

With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction,

utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in

the AFL-CIO. IBEW was founded in 1891.

For more information, visit


Mark Walston

Phone: 301-919-8755

[email protected]

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