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Recap on Chicago Safety & Sustainability Conference

The Electrical Association presented the 2017 Chicago Safety & Sustainability Conference on January 19, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  This conference is a table top tradeshow that allows manufacturers to show their latest products and services to over 600 industry professionals.  The event is primarily attended by Chicago’s Electrical and Building Industry, Building Owners and Managers, Local Municipalities, Electrical Inspectors, University and Hospital Planners, Engineers, Sustainable Energy Consultants, Construction Safety Managers and more.

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20’ EMT: Faster Installs, Less Handling, Less Labor and Fewer Couplings

Each electrical install has its unique challenges. While not suitable for every job, 20 Foot EMT and rigid conduit may be a simple way to lower project costs. That’s because it reduces the number of required connections while still conforming to the same high manufacturing standards of 10-foot lengths.

20-foot lengths are ideal for:

WarehousesManufacturing FacilitiesHealth CareBig Box RetailEnergyInfrastructureMass TransitParking GaragesSome contractors that pre-fabricate stub-ups etc. have standardized on 20 Foot EMT to reduce waste.

We put two crews to the test. Each crew was instructed to install a 100 foot run of 2-inch EMT. The red crew used 10-foot lengths of Wheatland EMT and the yellow crew used 20-foot lengths. Check out the video and see which team won: 

Our free calculator app ‘EMT Calc’ calculates the monetary difference between using 20' rather than 10' EMT. It is available at wheatland.com/worksmarter, as well as the App Store and Google Play as "EMT Calc."

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Is Time Really Money?

You’ve heard it again and again: time is money. But what does it mean?

“The less time the electrician has to think about what he needs to do, the more work he’ll get done,” said Gordon Stewart vice president and general manager for Houston-based Joe Swartz Electric Co. [Source]

The good news is that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to trim costs toward winning jobs and improving margins. On most projects, eliminating time wasters requires attentiveness, calculation and approach.

In Denton, Texas, Humphrey & Associates discovered that 20' length EMT was perfect for high bay lighting installations. Tommy McCormick, Humphrey’s project manager and estimator, saw the potential to cut both labor and coupling costs in a variety of installations, reporting that, “You can just fly when you are using it in elevated installations. I’d assign the savings largely to the faster installation times though you also use fewer couplings. The difference is in the speed of the installation.” McCormick acknowledged initial issues with transportation logistics needed to be overcome, but emphasized, “Even with those issues, it was still a big savings for me. I did a lot of high bay lighting jobs with it, and it was a tremendous time saver.” Read the full case study here.

So just how much do you think you might save? Here are three installation efficiencies that equal major advantages on the job:

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas: NECA Convention & Trade Show Recap

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention serves as a unique venue for us to work side by side with our distributor partners and to promote our products directly to end users. The NECA staff did a great job and the new NECA 2012 Las Vegas app was fantastic – it provided a quick and easy way to view the convention layout, schedule our agenda and access handouts via our smartphones.

The Wheatland booth was manned by Marty Brett, Mike Kreger, our new Southwest Regional Manager, and me. We demonstrated the difference in friction reduction between or our new FasTrak Plus EMT ID coating and our old ID coating, displayed samples of our Color Check EMT, and showed our segment on Fox Business Network's "Manufacturing Marvels," a series that showcases leading American manufacturers.

I learned a lot. High interest around Color Check EMT taught me that more project owners are specifying colors for systems. Project owners told me that savings, quality of the coating and convenience are the main reasons for choosing factory applied versus on the job coatings. We had visitors from coast to coast, Hawaii, and Peru.  It was very exciting to hear that Wheatland's electrical conduit and EMT products are being specified and requested by contractors in Peru.

The numbers I heard regarding this year's show seem to reflect the activity we saw at our booth.  Attendance was reported to be over 3,700 registered attendees, not counting staff and exhibitor personnel.  In the past more than 60% of attendees were owners, top executives and supervisors -- this year appears to have followed that mix.

Well, if you missed us at NECA this year, mark your calendar for October 13 - 15, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  We will be in booth 551, so stop by!

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