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EC&M Code Change Confernece
Sept. 12-13, 2017
Cleveland, OH

NECA 2017
Oct. 7-10, 2017
Seattle, WA

Participating PEARL Technician Certification Program Companies
Advanced Electrical & Motor Control
Breaker Hunter, Inc.
Carolina Precision Switchgear, Inc.
Circuit Breaker Sales, Inc.
Civic Recycling & Equipment
Instel Power Products
National Switchgear
North American Switchgear, Inc.
Oregon Breakers, Inc.
Potomac Testing, Inc.
Quality Switchgear, Inc.
RG Industries
RS Electrical Supply, Inc.
Shermco Industries
South East Switchgear, LLC
Southland Electrical Services, Inc.
SouthWest Electrictech Services
Western Electrical Services, Inc.
WideSpread Electrical Sales, LLC
President's Letter
2018 Conference Plans
The PEARL 2018 Conference is quickly approaching and the planning committee is very excited as we continue planning for the 2018 PEARL Conference which will be held in Greenville, SC, April 13-15, 2018. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting conference. We have dynamic new format packed with 2 full days of training and seminars. We have both technical and business speakers with panel discussions scheduled. The technical training will include both class room sessions and hands-on practical training. The hands-on training will be hosted at the Maddox Transformer Facility close to the hotel and meeting facility. There will also be ample time for networking with others (including suppliers) at the conference as well as the vendor trade show.

To stay up to date on all developments, continue to check the Annual Conference website.

Wishing you the best,

Howard Herndon,  PEARL President
Electrical Industry News
The 2017 Electrical Wholesaling Top 200
Electrical Wholesaling's annual listing of the 200 largest distributors of electrical supplies is the most in-depth ranking of the largest players in the electrical market available anywhere. Along with the ranking of the Top 200 electrical distributors by 2016 sales revenues, Electrical Wholesaling's editors provide in-depth analysis of which companies are growing fastest, are making the most acquisitions and investment in their companies, and have the highest sales-per-employee. Read more.  

The Outdated Mindset Keeping Women from STEM
It has been a recurring topic why women are not as involved in STEM (abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as men. Although women represent 60% of college graduates, taking the number of undergraduate degrees earned in 2014-15, their representation in STEM is only 35%. Unfortunately, the number of undergraduate degrees handed out has increased in total in the last decade but the gender gap did not decrease, given it was 35% in 2008-2009 as well. This is not just a local phenomenon, in Europe as well, only four countries were able to state that at least 15% of all STEM graduates are female. Read more.

Safety-Related Maintenance Practices
Chapter 2 of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, provides the requirements for practical safety-related maintenance of electrical equipment and installations that fall under the Scope [90.2] of this standard [200.1]. The thrust of Chapter 2 is to identify what needs maintaining for the purposes of employee safety. Read more.

Current, Times Three
The insulation resistance test is one of the methods used to determine insulation integrity. Especially when combined with other types of tests, it can help you determine whether an installed cable should be replaced. When used in conjunction with baseline test data, insulation resistance testing can identify which cables are now deteriorating at an accelerated rate. It has a similar use for motor winding insulation. Read more.

What Does a Kilowatt hour Mean?
When using electricity in your home, you may never think about how many kilowatt hours (kWh) you are using to charge your (insert energy hogging device here). But the reality is, every device you plug into an outlet or hard wire into your home uses electricity and those kilowatt hours eventually add up to what you pay monthly to the electric company. Being an energy consultant I am often asked, what is a kilowatt hour?  Read more.
PEARL Committee Corner
PEARL Certification Committee

Employee Development definition: Encouraging employees to acquire new or advanced skills, knowledge, and viewpoints, by providing learning and training facilities, and avenues where such new ideas can be applied.
Our most valuable asset is our people, and with & through them, we help customers solve problems. We take great care in buying equipment, marketing, reconditioning and ultimately selling products and services, and all of these activities take dedicated professionals working together for our customers. Every day we look for new ways to go to market and meet mile high expectations with the promise we will grow and provide even more opportunity for our employees. Meetings, lunch and learn sessions, tool box safety talks and training open doors, improve processes and make our teams work better together. Our goals include earning respect, recognition and profit. We are taking big steps forward with many programs within PEARL for employee development, as training and continuing education are the pillars that support our EERS Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Standard. We are making our companies stronger with PEARL-certified Level 1 and 2 technicians and this skilled group is dedicated to safety, responsibility and quality PEARL products. We are looking for candidates and champions that can forward our mission. As we develop our workforce, we empower them to learn and grow. Our companies and organizations are better because we invest in our most valuable assets. The technician certification program encourages you to send your best to represent your company and create a path for others to follow.
PEARL Expands its Technician Certification Program for the Reconditioning Industry
PEARL has launched a new phase of its Technician Certification Program. This program allows individuals to become recognized as a Certified Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Technician. Level II of the program is now available. Read more.

PEARL Board Meeting Scheduled for August 1
The PEARL Board of Directors welcomes you to join the August board meeting, Tuesday, August 1, 1pm-2:30pm ET. To join the call, please use the call-in details below. To receive the agenda and additional materials being reviewed, please email PEARL headquarters at to be included.

Dial: 866-210-1669
Participant Code: 936-3604#

September PEARL In-Person Board Meeting Scheduled, Members Invited
This September, the PEARL Board of Directors will be meeting in-person in Indianapolis, IN, and any interested members are invited to participate. Taking place September 16-17 at The Alexander hotel, any interested members should contact PEARL headquarters to setup your reservation and for more information. Your reservation will need to be made through headquarters by August 16 to receive the negotiated rates.
PEARL Technician Certification
Level I Technicians
Click here to learn more about how you or your technician can become PEARL certified.

Level II Technicians
Be one of the first graduates of the newly released Level II program! Full details and how to apply can be found on the Technician Certification webpages.