ECA Chicago

                           JUNE 2019
Upcoming Events

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

June 5 - 6, 2019
ECA 48th Annual Spring Conference
Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI

June 21, 2019
ECA President's Party
Chicago History Museum
Chicago, 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 Website Update

The ECA is transitioning to a new website after May 31, 2019!  We look forward as we finalize the update(s) to our web content.  The monthly LiveWire e-newletter will continue; however, in a revised format.
May Membership Meeting Highlights
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Mastro's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois.

Pictured above from left to right are:
Dr. Paul Lisnek, WGN TV Political Analyst and
Richard Jamerson, ECA President, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.

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.  Registration Forms / Information for these events are on the ECA website.  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.
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BIM Seminar
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee recently sponsored the "Future is Now - BIM Seminar" that was held May 15, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.
Pictured above is Lonny Simonian as he began the program.
ECA President's Party
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is proud to present the President's Party which is being offered to all ECA members.  The event is being held June 21, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois.  Please save the date!  Registration information has already been sent to the membership.  However, you can call in to register at:  (708) 531-0022.
"How To Compete in Large Cities and Win Back Markets" Seminar  
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee recently sponsored t he " How to Compete in Large Cities and Win Back Markets Seminar " that was held May 22, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Pictured above is Dr. Heather Moore, MCA, Inc., 
as she emphasized a point  during the seminar.


ECA Young Professionals 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Young Professionals (YP) Committee held a special YP networking session with an education component concerning "3D Laser Scanning in Pre-Construction." The event was held the evening of Tuesday, May 14, 2019 and was well attended.  The program featured Mr. Nick Dionne, Field Technology Account Executive of the Northern Illinois region for BuildingPoint.  He is also a Trimble Certified Instructor.  Mr. Dionne's presentation was highlighted by discussion of use of 3D laser scanning technology and its wide array of applications, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design Construction (VDC), Pre-Construction as-builts, Quality Control during construction comparing design intent to as-built conditions, among other areas.  We thank Mr. Dionne for his time at the event.  Future networking events are being planned for the rest of 2019!

Pictured above from left to right are:
Luke Fenner, Maron Electric Company and
Nick Donne, BuildingPoint.

Pictured above is start of the educational session.

Pictured above is a sample of the networking portion of the event.
NECA Programming Updates / NEBF Update

2019 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.  Registration opened May 16, 2019.  We hope to see you, there!  Please visit: to register. 

Executive Committee Stipend:
The ECA Executive Committee recently approved a stipend for the NECA Convention & Trade Show.  The Registration Fee for an ECA member and Spouse / Guest will be paid for up to two ECA Members from each ECA participating member firm.  Reimbursement(s) to the firm(s) will be made after the Convention.


NECA 2019 Legislative Conference 

The 2019 NECA Legislative Conference was held April 29 - April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  We thank those members who were able to participate with this event.  Please click on the link below for details!
Pictured above from left to right are:
James McGlynn, Sr., ECA Legislative Committee Chairman,
McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.,
Richard Jamerson, ECA President,  
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.,
William Cullen, Sharlen Electric Company,
Steve Diamond, Malko Communication Services, LLC, and
Mark Thomas, ECA Executive Vice President.


NEBF May 2019 Liaison Alert 
Please click on the link below for the most recent NEBF Liaison Alert.  The alert focuses on "Gross Labor Payroll" and acts as a guide in regard to contribution obligations, exclusions from gross labor payroll, treatment of per diem payments and additional guidelines for calculating gross labor payroll.
IMSCA Update

IMSCAPAC Fundraiser

IMSCA-PAC's 2019 fundraising effort is underway! THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, SIX RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. 
Your choices include:
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field (Date TBA). This prize also includes parking passes and a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $1,300.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • Penthouse Suite at the United Center to watch the Chicago Bulls! (Date TBA).  This prize includes 12 tickets and 4 parking passes.  Food and drink is not included but is available for purchase.  
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues at the United Center (Date 2019-20 TBA). These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes. This prize also includes a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $750.00). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
  • $500 Cabela's gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA Midwest/Plumbing Council.
  • $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Donated by Illinois Chapter NECA.
This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone. The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA's Board and Membership meeting on June 14, 2019. The winners do not need to be present to win. 
Safety Update

eSafetyLine Member Benefit Activiation
The ECA Executive Committee has recently approved one complimentary eSafetyLine subscription for each interested member firm! Please register your firm, as soon as possible! The ECA is compiling a list for e-SafetyLine; the member firms will then be sent activation information. Again, please review the e-mail and send us the completed Registration Form.

The eSafetyLine subscription provides access to a wealth of NECA safety resources which include:

- NECA Safety Manual
The Safety Manual is continuously updated to address changes in OSHA's regulations and enforcement policies as well as the changing requirements established by many third party assessment services.

- eSafetyLine Recordkeeping
The eSafetyLIne Recordkeeping System records and reports on occupational injuries and illnesses, training, and safety related events and actions. New reports will be added to assist users in complying with the OSHA's recordkeeping requirements.

- NECA Safety Archive
The NECA Safety Archive provides subscribers with access to the latest editions of NECA's safety publications in digital format including updated 70e guides, supporting materials, and training. This and other content can be easily accessed through a searchable online database.


CSC June Schedule 
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of June 2019, please click on the link: 
CISCO Annual Meeting

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) held its 31st Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Maggiano's Banquets in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Governor JB Pritzker was a feature speaker.   

Pictured above is Governor Pritsker as he began his presentation.

March of Dimes - 2019 Construction Awards Program

The March of Dimes 25th Annual Construction & Transportation Awards Luncheon was held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.  ECA member, Kendra Dinkins, Taylor Electric Company was the 2019 Construction & Transportation Awards Chair! 

Pictured above is Kendra Dinkins, Taylor Electric Company, 2019 Construction & Transportation Chair, at the March of Dimes event.

Industry Statistics - March 2019
Stay on top of monthly data for our industry:  number of contractors active, quantity of people employed and total hours worked.