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IIT - NECA Video Visits

Friday, January 19, 2018  
Posted by: ECA
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NECA President David Long recently visited the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Smart Tech Lab.  He was interviewed for an upcoming video created by NECA highlighting activity in the Chicago area unique to the industry.  An excerpt from a Smart Tech Lab press release describes the lab, “The NECA IIT Chapter students, working with the Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA / Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), university, and NECA electrical contractor companies have seen the Smart Tech Lab become a reality.  Located on the main campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), this innovative and exciting lab is one of the first of its kind offering NECA chapter students a place to hold their chapter meetings and NECA industry events and workshops, conduct energy audit analyses, and learn and research opportunities in electrical building automation, embedded systems, energy efficiency and green energy sustainability. It is truly a testament of the NECA electrical industry and students working together to create this outstanding facility. The Smart Tech Lab was developed by the work of the NECA IIT advisor, Dr. Dan Tomal, students, and ECA with virtually all donations from ECA contractor members estimated to be over $100, 000.  The NECA IIT Student Chapter was actively involved in all phases of the development of the lab including the initial design and working with ECA, local IBEW 134, an architecture design firm, and the university facilities department.”  (Please CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE ON SMART TECH LAB). 



NECA was also able to visit and video a number of local contractors who have incorporated Pre-construction / Pre-fab into their company operations.  This video should be available from NECA, soon.  We thank the Continental Electrical Construction Company representatives:  David Witz, President, James Buhmann, Pre-Construction Manager and William Madden, Pre-Construction Foreman for their assistance.  We also thank the Gurtz Electric Company representatives:  Frank Gurtz, President, Robert Wozniak, Pre-Fab Shop Manager and Suleman Khokhar, Pre-Fab Shop Foreman for their assistance.  The combined video is one in a series of videos to be produced by NECA featuring David Long visiting areas throughout the country.  The videos are to highlight NECA contractors and NECA Chapters in regard to quality of work, ways the market is sustained, as well as ways the market share is increased, NECA programs and initiatives, among other innovations in the industry.

Pictured above from left to right are:
David Long, NECA President and
Mark Thomas, ECA Executive Vice President

Pictured above from left to right are
Continental Electric Construction Company employees working in Pre-Construction area: 
Art Gazda, LU #134 IBEW Journeyman and Noe Perez, LU #134 IBEW Apprentice.


Pictured above are Gurtz Electric Company employees
working in the Deck Box (OCR) and Floor Boxes Assembly area:
Local Union #134 IBEW Apprentices and Trainees.


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