Data & Training en Code Changes 2017 <div class="field-deck"> The top 25 revisions to this edition of the National Electrical Code </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Drawing upon the expertise of our long-standing NEC Consultant and Code guru Mike Holt, this article breaks down the key changes to the 2017 NEC that affect the largest number of our readers. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Data & Training Silver Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:33:00 +0000 38371 at Residential Market 101 <div class="field-deck"> Because the single-family housing market is expected to heat up over the next two years, now is a good time to brush up on the basics of this important market segment. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The market for residential lighting fixtures sold through full-line electrical distributors, residential lighting specialists, home centers, hardware stores and department stores operates differently than other aspects of the electrical market, primarily because of the retail nature of this business and the fact that the customer is most often a homeowner. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Electrical Market 101 Gold Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:39:00 +0000 38361 at Homes Get Smart <div class="field-deck"> A burst of new interest in connected devices and responsive systems is bringing old dreams of the smart home to the real world. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In earlier visions of smart homes, it looked like electrical distributors could be key players in bringing the systems to market. That’s no longer the way it looks, but within the build-out of smart home capabilities many areas exist where distributors will have the opportunity to play a role.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Electrical Market 101 Lighting Sales Gold Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000 38341 at Copyright Ethan Miller, Getty Images 2017 National Factbook <div class="node-body gallery-body">It will be important to watch the national electrical contractor employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through the summer it had been tracking well above 880,000 — historically a very healthy level — but it dipped below this threshold sharply in September. It’s hard to determine if this will be anything more than a brief aberration or a regular cycle as construction employment typically slows down as winter approaches.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Indicators Market Planning Guide Gold Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:51:00 +0000 37841 at 2017 Market Planning Guide <div class="node-body gallery-body">The electrical industry is at yet another interesting economic flashpoint. Growth over the past three or four years has been around 3% to 4%, which is at the low end of the historical industry average. And the 3.1% growth rate that distributor readers of Electrical Wholesaling forecast in a recent survey is accurate, we are in for another year of slow growth.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Forecasts Market Planning Guide Gold Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:28:00 +0000 37111 at 2017 Electrical Outlook by Region <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Electrical Wholesaling&#39;s annual Market Planning Guide puts a wealth of regional data at your fingertips and gives you the numbers you need to create a custom forecast for electrical product sales in any of the U.S. Census Bureau&#39;s nine geographic regions, down to the metropolitan statistical area.</p> <p>This gallery highlights the factors influencing growth prospects for each of the regions with links to a more in-depth look for each, including the big projects on the boards or underway and market trends that may affect the region&#39;s fortunes over the coming year.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Forecasts Market Planning Guide Gold Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:08:00 +0000 37131 at Managing Your Resources in Uneven Markets <div class="field-deck"> The electrical distributor’s marketplace has seen a sluggish year, particularly in industrial sectors, but the view ahead does reveal some opportunities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At the top, our outlook for next year is for industry sales to advance 4.7% from the 2016 level. Not coincidentally, the Electrical Wholesaling team is forecasting industry sales to grow 3.1% next year, after gaining 3.7% this year, compared to our minus 1.3% for 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Forecasts Market Planning Guide Gold Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:40:00 +0000 37081 at Source: DISC Corp. 2017 New England Region Forecast <div class="node-body gallery-body">The office construction/multi-family renaissance in Boston really stands out in this market, and the new GE headquarters in the planning stages will add to an already impressive portfolio of projects.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Planning Guide Gallery Gold Maine Market Planning Guides Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:44:00 +0000 36961 at 2017 Middle Atlantic Region Forecast <div class="node-body gallery-body">For construction project geeks, any visit to the Big Apple is worth a walk to the Hudson Yards development, the largest private construction project now underway in the United States.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Planning Guide Gallery Gold Market Planning Guides New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:22:00 +0000 36951 at 2017 East North Central Region Forecast <div class="node-body gallery-body">This region is enjoying a diverse mix of projects. The South Bend Tribune reported on a proposal for a $1 billion gas-fired power plant in Niles, Ind., and there's a $900 million plan for a 1,000MW gas-fired plant by EmberClear Corp.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Planning Guide Gallery Gold Illinois Indiana Market Planning Guides Michigan Ohio Wisconsin Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:14:00 +0000 36941 at