Electrical Economy http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7388/more en Is a Copper Crunch Coming? http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/copper-crunch-coming <div class="field-byline"> The Visual Capitalist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In his post, “The Looming Copper Supply Crunch,” Jeff Desjardins, a founder of and editor with <a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com" title="www.visualcapitalist.com">www.visualcapitalist.com</a>, discusses why he thinks there’s a copper shortage on the horizon. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/copper-crunch-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/copper-crunch-coming#comments Materials Pricing cable copper wire Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:07:00 +0000 25771 at http://ewweb.com The 2015 Top 200: Analysis http://ewweb.com/top-200/2015-top-200-analysis <div class="field-deck"> Despite concerns about a dramatic slowdown in the oil and gas market and a sluggish start to the year for the overall U.S. economy, many of the electrical market’s largest distributors still see solid growth for 2015. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Along with providing data on the size of their operations, many respondents take the time to answer questions about business conditions, their internal investments and plans for expansion. One of the more interesting areas of commentary in this year’s responses was the variety of views on exactly where the electrical economy is at right now. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/top-200/2015-top-200-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/top-200/2015-top-200-analysis#comments Economic Indicators Top 200 Gold Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:03:00 +0000 26261 at http://ewweb.com The Fallacy of Composition http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/fallacy-composition <div class="field-deck"> What is true of growth expectations in some specific sub-markets is not necessarily true of the electrical market overall. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the industry outlook overall, this year is particularly difficult to decipher because we have important indicators moving in opposite directions. We have seen this many times in the past but rarely with such a mixture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/fallacy-composition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/fallacy-composition#comments Market Forecasts Gold Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:37:00 +0000 26231 at http://ewweb.com NEMA’s EBCI Index Slides Again in May http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/nema-s-ebci-index-slides-again-may <div class="node-body article-body">NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined for a second straight month in May, falling to 50 from 54.8 a month ago and from 58.3 in March.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/nema-s-ebci-index-slides-again-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/nema-s-ebci-index-slides-again-may#comments Economic Indicators EBCI National Electrical Manufacturers Association NEMA Mon, 01 Jun 2015 04:27:00 +0000 24941 at http://ewweb.com Eye on Acquisitions: More Electrical Distributor Mergers Ahead http://ewweb.com/mergers-acquisitions/eye-acquisitions-more-electrical-distributor-mergers-ahead <div class="field-deck"> Waves of mergers and acquisitions reshaped the electrical market over the past few decades and HT Capital’s Burk Burkhardt expects to see more in the future. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Burk Burkhardt has worked on acquisitions of electrical distributors for more than 20 years at HT Capital Advisors. The company is an investment banking firm with a major focus on the electrical wholesaling industry, and over the years it has represented the owners of many electrical distributors in mergers and acquisitions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/mergers-acquisitions/eye-acquisitions-more-electrical-distributor-mergers-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/mergers-acquisitions/eye-acquisitions-more-electrical-distributor-mergers-ahead#comments Electrical History Mergers & Acquisitions Electrical Economy Gold Fri, 01 May 2015 16:14:00 +0000 25311 at http://ewweb.com Fanatic Studio/Thinkstock The Numbers Tell Our Story: Economics and the Electrical Industry http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/numbers-tell-our-story-economics-and-electrical-industry <div class="field-deck"> Who better to tell EW readers where the electrical economy has been and where it’s going in the future than Herm Isenstein, the electrical market’s pre-eminent economist. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Herm Isenstein has analyzed the electrical wholesaling industry’s economic cycles for 30 years as president of DISC Corp. We recently got Herm’s take on the economic cycles that have the most dramatic impact on the electrical market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/numbers-tell-our-story-economics-and-electrical-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/numbers-tell-our-story-economics-and-electrical-industry#comments Electrical History Market Forecasts Fri, 01 May 2015 16:04:00 +0000 25301 at http://ewweb.com Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Houston Metros Lead U.S. in Year-Over-Year Construction Employment Gains http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/dallas-denver-seattle-and-houston-metros-lead-us-year-over-year-construction-employ <div class="field-byline"> Jim Lucy, Chief Editor, Electrical Wholesaling </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Construction employment expanded in 278 metro areas, declined in 36 and was stagnant in 44 between Feb. 2014 and Feb. 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/dallas-denver-seattle-and-houston-metros-lead-us-year-over-year-construction-employ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/market-forecasts/dallas-denver-seattle-and-houston-metros-lead-us-year-over-year-construction-employ#comments Market Forecasts AGC Associated General Contractors Dallas Denver Houston Seattle Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:47:00 +0000 24061 at http://ewweb.com <p>The Dallas metro led all U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)&nbsp;in year-over-year (YOY)&nbsp;construction employment gains through Feb. 2015 with 12,800 new construction jobs and an estimated&nbsp;1,664 new electrical contractor jobs.</p> Photo credit: Ultima_Gaina/istock/Thinkstock Has Copper Pricing Bottomed Out? http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/has-copper-pricing-bottomed-out <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The analysts in this <a href="http://copperinvestingnews.com/"><em>Copper Investing News</em></a> say copper pricing may have finally bottomed out.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 16px;">Says the article:</span></p> <p><em>Despite a lackluster start to 2015, copper prices started to creep back up following the end of Lunar New Year celebrations in China, and analysts have reiterated their positive outlook for the red metal.&quot;&nbsp;</em><a href="http://copperinvestingnews.com/23317-analysts-predict-copper-price-higher-stock-picks.html">Details</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/has-copper-pricing-bottomed-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/has-copper-pricing-bottomed-out#comments Materials Pricing copper Copper Investing News wire and cable Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:15:00 +0000 23111 at http://ewweb.com Photo Credit - Wikimedia Commons Construction Starts Climb 9% in January http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/construction-starts-climb-9-january <div class="node-body article-body">The value of new construction starts climbed 9% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $621.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, but giant construction projects continue to prop up the gains to some degree.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/construction-starts-climb-9-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/construction-starts-climb-9-january#comments Economic Indicators Dodge Data Analytics Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:37:00 +0000 23081 at http://ewweb.com Photo credit: Getty Images North America DISC's Herm Isenstein on the 2015 Office Market http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/discs-herm-isenstein-2015-office-market <div class="node-body video-body">While the 2015 office market is on an upswing and will be a solid business niche for many electrical distributors, DISC Corp.'s Herm Isenstein says a diverse business portfolio is still better for the long run.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/discs-herm-isenstein-2015-office-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/economic-indicators/discs-herm-isenstein-2015-office-market#comments Economic Indicators Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:53:00 +0000 22911 at http://ewweb.com