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ECA Chicago





Upcoming Events

We hope that you will be able to attend these events:


January 25 - 26, 2018

EA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Drury Lane Theater

Oak Brook, IL



February Regular Membership Meeting will be held on

TUESDAY, February 13, 2018

Maggiano's Banquets

Oak Brook, IL


February 21, 2018

"Chicago Code Review"

NECA Members, only.

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Registration details

to follow, soon.


March 21, 2018

"Top Habits of

High Performing Foreman"

NECA members, only.

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Registration details

to follow, soon.


April 8 - 11, 2018

NECA Midwest Region Spring Conference

Amelia Island Plantation, FL


April 18, 2018

"Managing the Lifeblood of Contracting - Cash Flow"

NECA members, only.
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Registration details

to follow, soon.


May 7 - 9, 2018

Women In NECA

Nashville, TN


May 9 - 11, 2018

NECA Future Leaders

Nashville, TN


May 21 - 22, 2018

"Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction"

NECA members, only.
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Registration details
to follow, soon.


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ECA Website
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NECA Website

LMCC Website

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Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

Phone: 708-531-0022
Fax: 708-531-0071

Dear Industry Associate,

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter. We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.

ECA Holiday Luncheon Highlights

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held a Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.


Pictured above from left to right are:

David Hardt, Hardt Electric, Inc. and

Brad Weir, Kelso-Burnett Co.





ECA Congratulates Executive Committee Member


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) wishes to acknowledge William Darnstadt, Lyons Electric Company, Inc. for his many years of service on the ECA Executive Committee. Bill had been on the Committee since 2006 and has assisted in numerous other Association activities, programs, committees throughout the years. We thank Bill for his efforts. He received a special Gavel Plaque award during the December 6th ECA Executive Committee meeting, as this was his final session as an Executive Committee member. The plaque was inscribed as follows: "Presented to William Darnstadt in recognition of distinguished service rendered to the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago as a member of the Association's Executive Committee from 2006 - 2017." Bill, thank you for your continued service!


Pictured above from left to right are:

William Darnstadt, Lyons Electric Company, Inc. and

Eric Nixon, ECA President, Maron Electric Company.


EA Annual Conference /

ECA January Membership Meeting


The Electric Association (EA) Annual Conference & Trade Show will be held January 25 - 26, 2018 at the Drury Lane Theater. The ECA January Membership Meeting will be held in conjunction with this event on Thursday, January 25, 2018.




NECA Updates


NECA Legislative Conference


The NECA Legislative Conference is being arranged for late-Spring 2018 in Washington, D.C. The ECA Executive Committee has approved an educational stipend for this event. Accommodations and travel expenses are to be paid for the first five ECA members; it is possible that additional stipends may be made available at a later date for the NECA Legislative Conference. More information to follow, soon.


NECA 2018 Midwest Regional Conference


The NECA Midwest Regional Conference is to be held April 8 - 11, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island Plantation, Florida. The ECA Executive Committee has approved a scholarship stipend for this event. Registration for the Conference (ECA member and spouse / guest) will be paid for up to two ECA member representatives from each ECA participating firm; the Registration fee will be paid to the participating firm(s) after the Conference.





NECA Tool and Equipment Schedule

2017 - 2018 Edition Available


Construction tools and equipment are an essential part of an electrical contractor's business and can represent a significant investment, and NECA is here to help you determine the return you should get on that investment. Learn more


NECA Manual of Labor Units

2017 - 2018 Edition Available


Manual of Labor Units letters have been mailed. All national Accredited Representatives will be receiving letters to request their free copy of the newManual of Labor Units.If you have any questions, please TheManualwill be available to all members in the coming days. Learn more about the new edition

New ELECTRI Study Available


ELECTRI has published a comprehensive study by the Maxim Consulting Group, Denver, Colorado,which addresses Inequitable Payment Practices. The research explored various perspectives on payment practices, payment clauses, the impact of carrying costs, and recommended strategies to mitigate payment challenges. The Maxim investigative team offers specific mitigation strategies a contractor can adopt to help address payment problems. The report includes useful guidelines on state-specific payment laws and lien rights, talking points for owners and general contractors, and vendor education to help you understand how the issue impacts pricing. For additional information about ELECTRI International's complete research portfolio and available studies, visit



Safety Update

CSC January Schedule-

For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of January 2018, please click on the link:

Complimentary Memberships

- Illinois Green Alliance / ISEA


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee recently approved the membership renewals to the Illinois Green Alliance (formerly, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) - Illinois) and the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA). These memberships are available for up to two representatives of ECA member firms at no additional cost. We hope that you will take advantage of these membership benefit opportunities.



Industry Scholarships


Electric Association

The Electric Association Education Foundation is pleased to open the application period for the following six academic scholarships:

Electric Association Scholarship ($2500)

The Kinander Family Scholarship ($2500)

The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation Scholarship ($2500)

The Joseph J. Archibald Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($2500)

The Anixter Family Scholarships (2 @ $2500)

Please visit their scholarship page online to read the CRITERIA and download an electronic APPLICATION.


Electric Association members and theirlineal descendants are eligible to apply. Please carefully review the scholarship criteria for complete details, deadlines, and a check list of items to be included in each application. The application deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018. Award winners will be formally announced and recognized at the Electrical Industry Dinner Dance and Auction Benefit on February 10th, 2018 at the Westin Hotel, Itasca. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please call the EA office (630-305-3050) or email me:



The Construction Industry Service Corporation(CISCO)is now accepting applications for its 2018 Scholarship Program. The three different program categories enable a wider range of students of both building trade union members and union contractor employees to apply.


CISCO now offers (3), four-year scholarships ($2,000/year) to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards ($1,000/year) for seniors planning to attend community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees.


All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 23, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be notified in mid-March and awards will be presented at CISCO's Annual Luncheon in April, 2018. For judging criteria, application information, and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application forms.


To download the applications, click 4-year scholarship, 2-year scholarship, OR, Continuing Education. For more information about the Program, click here,or call CISCO at 630-472-9411.




Applications for the 2018 Electrical Industry Scholarships are now available. A total of two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 per year for up to four years for the individual's undergraduate degree.


To be eligible, applicants must be children of Local Union #134 members who are in good standing and working under the Principal Agreement, Communication Agreement or Residential Agreement. Children of deceased members may also be eligible to apply. Applicants must be high school seniors who will graduate in May or June 2018, or high school graduates who are registered in a college or university field of study directly related to the electrical industry. An independent Selection Committee comprised of members of academia will make the award selections.


If you are interested in participating in the Electrical Industry Scholarship Program, please send a written request for an application form to Local Union #134, IBEW, via email or post:


Email address:


Mailing address: EISP 2017


c/o Donald Finn, Business Manager

Local Union #134, IBEW

2722 S Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Chicago, IL 60616


In the request, please include the union member's full name, union card number, mailing address, daytime phone number, and email address. If the application should be sent directly to the student applicant, please indicate their name and address information (email and post). Upon verification of your eligibility, the EISP Administrator will forward an EISP application form to you.


Applications and all other required documents must be postmarked by MARCH 1, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 Electrical Industry Scholarships.

Industry Statistics - October 2017


Stay on top of monthly data for our industry: number of contractors active, quantity of people employed and total hours worked.

Please click here to view statistics

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