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January 2019 LiveWire Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

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


January 1, 2019

from the staff at ECA!!!

We look forward to another successful year!



January 23, 2019

Cracking the "WIP" -

Driving Predictable Cost Projections Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL





January 24 - 25, 2019

Electric Association Annual Conference

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

PleaseCLICK HEREfor EA Conference Brochure.


PleaseCLICK HEREfor REGISTRATION to the EA Annual Conference.




January 24, 2019

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL


ECA Members who attend the ECA Membership Meeting allows them complimentary entry into the EA Annual Conference. Additional members of ECA firms can receive $25 off the EA Conference Registration Fee with the Discount Code: ECAMBR25.


Please CLICK HERE to Register for the ECA Membership Meeting.




January 30, 2019

Tomorrow's Lighting Industry: What You Need to Know to Thrive Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




February 8, 2019

Safety Directors' Forum


6201 W. 115th Street

Alsip, IL




February 8, 2019

CISCO Annual Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Schaumburg, IL




February 13, 2019

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Oak Brook, IL




February 20 - 22, 2019

2019 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL

Registration information at:





February 21 - 22, 2019

ECA Young Professionals

"Achieve a Winning Lifestyle Through Leadership"


Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Registration is open!


Quick Links


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

No log-in is required.)

NECA Website

LMCC Website

Local Union #134, IBEW Website


The ECA is on Facebook:


The ECA is on Linkedin:




Young Professionals is on Linkedin:





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. The ECA has enhanced its social media presence. We also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!



ECA Holiday Luncheon Highlights


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its Second Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Pictured above from left to right are:

Richard Jamerson, ECA Vice President,

Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and

Eric Nixon, ECA President, Maron Electric Company.



Executive Committee Member Recognition


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) would like to thank Mr. Gregory Kuzmic, Interstate Electronics Company for his years of service on the ECA Executive Committee. Greg has stepped down from the Committee. He received a special Gavel Plaque that was presented during the December 5, 2018 ECA Executive Committee meeting. We, again, thank Greg for his service on the ECA Executive Committee from 2013 through 2018. Thanks, Greg!


Pictured above from left to right are:

Gregory Kuzmic, Interstate Electronics Company and

Eric Nixon, ECA President, Maron Electric Company

ECA Member Featured in

Electrical Contractor Magazine


ECA member, William Hartmann Jr., President of Hartmann Electric Company, Inc., was featured in the "Your Business - Coffee Break" section of the December issue of the Electrical Contractor magazine. The article describes Bill's unique approach to reminder marketing. Congratulations, Bill!




Chicago Department of Buildings

E-Plan / Chicago Electric Code updates


The Department of Buildings has released its E-Plan training schedule for 2019.Last month the Department updated its online permit review system, ProjectDox, to the latest software available, Version 9.1. The updated version improves usability and performance based on customer feedback.Details on using E-Plan, including thenewest features, will becoveredatthe upcoming training sessions. The in-person E-Plan training sessions are held twice a month on Wednesdays at City Hall in Room 906. Those interested can sign up for dates in 2019 at theE-Plan Review Orientation Class Registration page.The class is free and you are not required to bring any materials. If you have questions please email:


Chicago Electric Code on-line at:

The Chicago Electrical Code (Title 14Eof the Municipal Code) incorporates provisions of the 2017National Electrical Code, which is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These NEC provisions are incorporated by reference and not reprinted in the ordinance.


Please click on the link:
for a free, read-only document which compiles the model code provisions and amendments adopted by the City of Chicago, hosted by NFPA.


For frequent users of the code, this compiled version of the Chicago Electrical Code is available forpurchase from NFPAin various formats.

ECA Programming for 2019


The ECA Research and Education Committee has coordinated an ambitious schedule for 2019. Please click on the link below for the Program Schedule. Registration Information for these events to follow soon.





NECA Members Ship and Save With UPS


NECAMembers now have access to even better members-only discounts of up to 40%. Plus get 50% off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll* - no matter how much you ship, when you ship, or where it's going.

More information on Member Services and Discounts with UPS »

NECA Now Registration is Open!


Once again, the National Electrical Contractors Association will take an out-of-the-box approach to the executive leadership conference. Over four days at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Arizona, NECA Now 2019 will be the place to hear dynamic speakers and subject matter experts, attend relevant educational opportunities and participate in valuable networking events.

NECA Now 2019 will draw on the brightest minds, from leaders in business to best-selling authors who cover topics that matter to electrical contractors, including:

David Meade

First Plenary Session
April 1 * 4-5 pm

Neil Swidey

Second Plenary Session
April 2 * 11:45 am-1:45 pm

Sekou Andrews

Closing Plenary Session
April 3 * 1-3 pm


Learn More About the Speakers and View Agenda »


Aimed a personal and professional growth, 35 classes spread out over five dynamic tracks will give attendees the chance to concentrate their learning or to pick and choose across the areas. Customize your experience to meet your needs.


Register Today!

Safety Update


Safety Directors' Forum


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee in conjunction with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA and the Local Union #701 IBEW Safety Committee is pleased to announce a joint Safety Directors' Forum. The event will be held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH), 6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, Illinois 60803 (708) 389-1340.

There is no fee for this program! It is open for up to 40 attendees! Please Register, soon!





Construction Expo & Safety Conference


The Construction Safety Council (CSC) will hold a Construction Expo & Safety Conference on March 4 - 5, 2019 at the Drury Lane Conference Center. Please click on the link for Registration




CSC January Schedule


For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of January 2019, please click on the link:

Young Professionals Conference


Please join us at the 2019 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE- "Achieve a Winning Lifestyle through Leadership" - February 21-22, 2019, Loew's Chicago O'Hare.


The Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago is pleased to present a newly created educational conference for Young Professionals.This event focuses on presenting relevant and impactful concepts needed by all Young Professionals: health, wellness, motivation, technology, understanding generation gaps, and learning how their role leads to the success of the business.


View the Conference Brochure and Registration Materials

CISCO Scholarship Application Deadline


C I S C O is accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship P r o g r a m . The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply. CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees. All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 22, 2019. For more information, contact CISCO at 630.472.9411, or to download the appropriate application form, go to

Industry Statistics - October 2018


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