ECA Chicago

                         AUGUST 2019
Upcoming Events

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

August 21, 2019
ECA Membership 
End-of-Summer Event
Wrigley Rooftops
Chicago, IL

September 11, 2019
ECA Regular Membership Meeting (Evening)
Gibsons Steakhouse
Oak Brook, IL

September 14 - 17, 2019
NECA Convention 
Trade Show
Las Vegas, NV

September 25, 2019
"Succession Planning"
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

October 9, 2019
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

October 23, 2019
"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" First Level Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

October 16 - 17, 2019
NECA NextGen Fly-In
Washington, DC

November 13, 2019
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Erie Cafe
Chicago, IL

November 20, 2019
"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" Next Level Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.   As a reminder, we also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!  

ECA End-of-Summer event
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) will be holding an end-of-Summer membership event on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The event will be held at Wrigley Rooftops to watch the Chicago Cubs vs. the San Francisco Giants!  The evening's festivities will be held in the Legends Suite.  Wrigley Rooftops is located at 3637 N. Sheffield in Chicago.  Please contact the ECA at (708) 531-0022 for details and registration!

View of Wrigley Field from the Wrigley Rooftops.
ECA Member "Hall of Fame" Inductee

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is proud to announce that ECA member, Robert Fimbianti, Linear Electric, Inc. has been designated an Electric Association "Hall of Fame" Award inductee.  The Electric Association's Membership Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, Illinois.  Congratulations, Bob!
Pictured above is Robert Fimbianti, Linear Electric, Inc.
ECA Co-Organizer of MEP event 

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) was a co-organizer along with the Mechanical Contractors Association, Plumbing Contractors Association, Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, Underground Contractors Association and the Chicagoland AGC for the "MEP Survivor" event that was geared for the young professionals of the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing-related (MEP) trades on July 25, 2019 at Bemis Woods in Western Springs, Illinois.
Pictured above are the representatives from the many organizers of the event.

ECA Programming for Fall 2019

The ECA Research and Education Committee continues its ambitious education schedule for the rest of 2019.  Please click on the link below for the full Program Schedule.  A link for the Registration Forms / Information for these events are located in the "Upcoming Events" section of this LiveWire newsletter.  Also, initial registrations for any seminar is limited to four per member firm; however, if there are spots still available close to a seminar date, the waiting list will be reviewed.
NECA Updates 

Chapter Member to receive the NECA 2019 "Abraham Lincoln Leadership" Award - Special Reception

The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA would like to congratulate James McGlynn, Sr., McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. as the recipient of NECA's 2019 "Abraham Lincoln Leadership" Award.  He is to receive the award during the upcoming NECA Convention in Las Vegas.  The Chapter will have a special Open House reception for Mr. McGlynn on Monday, September 16, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the Foundation Room on the Mandalay Bay property.   Please contact the Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA if you plan on attending.
Pictured above is  James McGlynn, Sr., 
ECA Legislative Committee Chairman,  McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.
NECA IIT Student Chapter Advances to Convention 

The ECA Student Committee promotes the industry to students through a variety of forums.  The Committee urged the formation of the NECA IIT Student Chapter (Student Chapter).  Currently, the Student Chapter consisting of representation from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has placed Third in the preliminary portion of the NECA Green Energy Challenge.  The Student Chapter is to present their net-zero energy proposal concerning Provident Hospital of Cook County during the NECA Convention in Las Vegas.  The Student Chapter will be competing against the University of Toronto and Iowa State University.  The students are also competing in a separate video competition.  The ECA thanks all for their help and support.  Congratulations, students!

Pictured above are members of the NECA IIT Student Chapter with representatives of the ECA Student Committee during a visit to the ECA office 
prior to the final report submittal.

NECA 430-2016 "Standard for Installing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Switchgear" Publication 
This standard describes site preparation and installation of new medium-voltage switchgear and maintenance procedures for existing medium-voltage switchgear nominally rated up to a maximum operating voltage of 38 kV AC.

NECA 430-2016 has been meticulously revised from the 2006 edition to align with the latest editions of associated product standards and the National Electrical Code. Another valuable feature of NECA 430 is that it compliments NECA 600 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Medium Voltage (MV) Cable. MV cable is typically installed in and terminated in medium voltage switchgear. Applying both of these NEIS workmanship standards (NECA 430 and NECA 600) to medium voltage system installation ensures that not only minimum safety and equipment standards are met, but quality and performance aspects of the installation are evident. This is increasingly important criteria expected by architects, engineers and especially owners.

NECA Premier Partners
- Monthly Focus - 3M

NECA's Premier Partner sponsorship program connects NECA members to the leading companies in the electrical construction industry.  It represents the most comprehensive business-to-business marketing and sales opportunity ever presented to reach the $160 billion electrical construction industry.  Premier Partners of NECA showcase their brands, products and services in the electrical construction industry through hundreds of NECA events, publications and digital platforms year round, including the annual NECA Convention and Trade Show, the industry's premier trade show and gathering. 

The Chicago and Cook County Chapter, NECA will focus on each NECA Premier Partner over the coming months.  This month's focus will be on 3M.
NECA Convention & Trade Show 

The 2019 NECA Convention & Trade Show will be held September 14 - 17, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early-Bird Registration ended on July 18, 2019.  We hope to see you, there!  Please visit: to register. 

IMSCA ' SubStance" Summer Issue Available 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago's (ECA's) is active throughout the year with the Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA).   IMSCA represents the ECA and numerous other subcontractor trade organizations regarding building / business issues with the Illinois General Assembly.  

Please click on the links below for IMSCA's Summer issue, "SubStance," as well as the late July Legislative update.    In the issue of "SubStance," you will find a message from IMSCA President Giuseppe Muzzupappa, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA.  IMSCA General Counsel Jim Rohlfing provides a detailed analysis on pending legislation seeking to hold general contractors liable for the payment of wages to employees of a subcontractor even when the general contractor has paid the subcontractor in full (HB 2838).  Also included in this issue is important information on Illinois' new recreational cannabis law that employers should be aware of.  We hope you find this issue useful and informative.  Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and colleagues.

Safety Update

CSC August Schedule 
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of August 2019, please click on the link: 
Industry Statistics - May 2019

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