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ECA Chicago




Upcoming Events

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

ECA Regular Membership Meeting
September 20, 2017
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

ECA Regular Membership Meeting
October 4, 2017
Gibson's Steakhouse
Rosemont, Illinois

NECA Convention & Trade Show

October 7 -10, 2017

Seattle, Washington


ECA Post Convention Trip

October 11 -15, 2017
Half Moon Bay, California.


Ritz Carlton
Half Moon Bay Resort


Quick Links



ECA Website
(The collective bargaining agreements, industry statistics, among other industry information is available on the website.)

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.

Welcome Mark Thomas


As the casual days of summer come to a close and the calendar turns to September, we seemingly become more engaged with work and all things that matter to usso now is the perfect time catch up on all things ECA.


Since our spring conference in Lake Geneva, time has flown by yet so much has happened at ECA. Our new office will be completed by the time this goes to print, but most notably, ECA has a newExecutive Vice President in place and at the ready to support our entire membership and industry. Many of the members have had an opportunity to meet Mark Thomas through National NECA and a great many of our members got to meet Mark at the Spring Conference andatvarious committeemeeting's during the summer. I myself met Mark through theexecutivesearchprocess which started back in January. Through multiple interviews and phone calls with our search committee,I had the distinct pleasure and honor of getting to know Mark quite quickly.


I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how impressed I have been with Mark's transition into the new position as well as a few things about him you might notlearn since he is a humble man.First,you should know Mark is a lifelong Wisconsinite and Packer fan (I know), he grew up in the small town of Mineral Point, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Mark and his wife Kelly Gundlach have 2 children and 4 grand kids who also reside in Wisconsin.


For 13 years Mark served our country in the U.S. Navy and resigned from reserved dutyin 2001as a Lieutenant Commander performing the job of Supply Corp Officer. After a career in the distribution and warehouse logistics industry he found his way to NECA, starting out as an Assistant Manager of the Wisconsin Chapter and went on to become the Executive Director. With what one might consider a passion to drive a lot, Mark became the Midwest region Field Representativeand after12yearsin that position he has found himself at ECA Chicago. Mark's experienceand wisdom fromworking withNECAchapters in 8 states along with his leadership in developing and teaching NECA labor relations makes him the right guy at the right time for our association.


Since his arrival to Chicago mid-July, Mark has been extremely busy immersing himself in the position andthevarious boards/trusts he will sit on. He has been proactive on several fronts including initiatives with other NECA chapters and various industry associationsECA works with. I want to reassure the membership that Mark's experience, drive and passion for our industry will be a great benefit to the future success of our association.


I would like to encourage each and every member to reach out to Mark and carve out some time for coffee or lunch so you can get to know him and also share with him any ideas or concerns you have for our chapter and Industry.


Eric Nixon
ECA President
Maron Electric Company

ECA Member Recognition

-EA "Hall of Fame" Award-


Each year, the Electric Association (EA) presents a number of industry awards to its members in recognition of their outstanding contributions.


Pictured above is Kevin O'Shea, Shamrock Electric Company, Inc.
Congratulations, Kevin on being recognized for the Hall of Fame Award!




NECA Convention & Trade Show

- Final Update


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee has approved a Convention Expense Allowance/Stipend for applicable ECA members who are attending the upcoming NECA Convention. Register Soon!



ECA Post Convention Trip

- Final Update

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago will be hosting a Post Convention Trip on October 11 - 15, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort in Half Moon Bay, California. Register Soon!


Safety Update

"Creating & Maintaining Effective Safety Programs and Policies"-


The Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA has opened up its registration to the ECA for its "Creating and Maintaining Effective Safety Programs and Policies" program scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017.

National NECA's Director of Safety, Wes Wheeler, is to cover the essentials of improving or revamping an Electrical Contractor's Safety Program. This half-day, morning seminar will:

  • Outline the key elements of a company safety program
  • Identify the roles of supervisors in charge of safety
  • Discuss the importance of a good safety record to a company
  • Explain the impact safety has on company profit

The Registration Deadline has been extended.

Please click on the link for Registration information: Registration.

Fall Joint Safety Forum-  

The ECA Safety Committee and the the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee are sponsoring a Fall Safety Forum.  Wes Wheeler, NECA Safety Director will be on hand to update the attendees on "NFPA 70E - 2018."

The event is being held as follows:  
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • IBEW - NECA Technical Institute (INTECH)
    6201 W. 115th Street
    Alsip, IL
    (708) 389-1340

There is no Registration Fee. To register, at the Attendee Info section, please enter your name and company.  You do not need to log in to the website. You may also call the ECA at:  (708) 531-0022 to let us know of your attendance or e-mail us at:


CSC September Schedule-

For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of September 2017, please click on the link:

NECA Career Center / ECA IIT Internship

NECA recently launched a new "Career Center" to connect member firms with future employees. Please click Here for details.

On a local level, the ECA works with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) regarding submittal of resumes from IIT students with Electrical Engineering (EE) backgrounds, and other degree areas.


Industry Statistics - June 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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