Jim Lucy

Chief Editor,
Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 30 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and CEE News. During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling magazine and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 20 years. 

Times & Trends: Game Changers 
Three of the news stories we picked for this month’s cover story are part of much larger macrotrends that could reshape core elements of the electrical industry and the U.S. economy throughout the next decade and beyond.
2014 National Factbook 
Electrical Wholesaling's annual roundup of the key economic indicators that show the direction of the electrical industry's major markets.
Outlook 2014: The Story Behind the Story 
Take a look at some key mega-trends driving customer demand for electrical products.
Map of United States showing percent-change sales forecasts for each region.
2014 Market Planning Guide 
As you develop your market forecast for 2014, factor in another year of steady growth. Pump the growth up a point or two if Congress gets its act together and business owners start investing in their businesses again.
Times & Trends: Exclusively Your Line 
This month’s cover story delves deep into a topic that you don’t hear as much about these days — exclusive distribution agreements.
Branching Out: Electrical industry sees a surge of new distributor branch openings 

While distributor acquisition have slowed down a bit,  Electrical Wholesaling’s editors don’t remember ever seeing a surge in branch openings similar to what’s going on right now.

Tri-State Utility Products: The Power of Exclusivity 
Tri-State Utility Products has created a corporate culture where all employees have each other’s backs, helping out on sales calls, each with their own distinct expertise in the utility market. And when a hurricane, tornado or blizzard knocks out power in their service area of Georgia, Florida, Alabama and a bit of western North Carolina, they all come in on weekends and stay late at night to prepare and deliver orders for their utility customers
Why ‘Buy American’ Still Matters 
In this post-recession world, electrical distributors are more concerned than ever about the disturbing long-range trend of U.S. manufacturing moving offshore.
Times & Trends: Morning in America? 
A news brief got me thinking about offshoring in the electrical manufacturing community, and when and if it will ever be cost effective for electrical manufacturers to do more of their manufacturing stateside.
Times & Trends: Our Time Tunnel 

When I was a little kid, I loved the 1966-1967 television show “Time Tunnel,” where the stars traveled into the future and saw things that were going to happen, and back in time to witness famous historical events like the siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic, the Wild West and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Future View: Technologies that will transform the electrical industry 
In the Feb. 2013 cover story, "10 Trends That Will Shake the Industry," we made our picks for the trends now having the most impact on the electrical wholesaling industry.
Tool Time in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Tool’s annual New Product Symposium offers editors, web bloggers and DIY television personalities a hands-on look at what it has been developing in its R&D labs in Brookfield, Wis.
Times & Trends: A Passion for Work 
Why is it that passion for work isn’t more common, and why can it be so difficult to create a corporate culture that feeds it? All too often companies are instead inhabited by workplace creatures who sap the lifeblood out of a firm.
Crescent Electric Supply Profile: Orchestrating Change 
When you visit Crescent Electric Supply’s headquarters in East Dubuque, Iowa, you get a strong sense of the company’s past, present and future.
Trimble Buys Trade Service to Build Out Estimating, Project Management Software 
Trade Service Co., San Diego, has been acquired by Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., a big name in project management software, estimating systems and related tools for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market.


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