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NECA 2017
Oct. 7-10, 2017
Seattle, WA
IECCon 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

8 Fascinating Facts about Michael Faraday
Known as the "father of electrical engineering," you probably know Michael Faraday is most famous for his contribution to the field of electromagnetism. Read more.
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
PEARL Technician Training: Developing the Future
Are you looking to expand your team's technical abilities? Need to meet the requirements of OSHA and PEARL EERS (Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Standard) for a qualified technician? Take a look at the Technician Certification offered by PEARL. This training can help boost employee morale, provide employees with a path to future management positions, reduce accidents and associated costs, reduce warranty claims and help meet the OSHA responsibility for a qualified worker. For the individual, technician certification can also help extend a career path or open new opportunities within your organization.

PEARL Currently has 67 certified Level I Technicians who have passed testing on shop safety requirements and can perform inspections, testing and reconditioning on a variety of electrical equipment. The PEARL Level II Technician program is currently available for testing. The technician must also be able to read and interpret equipment drawings, specifications and electrical schematics at the component level and recognize the warning signs for counterfeit products in the industry. Details on the Technician Certification program can be found at PEARL's website.

I would encourage you to challenge your team to utilize the training materials available on the PEARL website and obtain these important and valuable certifications.

Wishing you the best,

Howard Herndon,  PEARL President
Electrical Industry News
Hurricane Updates: Unprecedented storm season affecting electricity across the map
This past weekend marked a full month since Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeast Texas and parts of western Louisiana. Though the lowlands in those regions are no longer inundated, clean-up is an ongoing and difficult process .  Read more.

GE and NEMA Co-Host Webinars on Evaluating Water-Damaged Equipment
GE Industrial is partnering with NEMA and local distributors to teach the safe handling and evaluation of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Equipment covered includes electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable and flexible cords, wiring devices, GFCIs and surge protectors, lighting fixtures and ballasts, motors and electronic products. Read more.

Why Puerto Rico's Power Outages Could Prove Very Deadly, in One Chart
Horrifying stories of Hurricane Maria's impact on Puerto Rico's sickest and most vulnerable are now trickling in: a newborn who couldn't get a scheduled surgery for her heart defect because the storm closed down her hospital, an elderly woman with diabetes struggling to keep her life-sustaining insulin cool. Read more.

IEC National President Testifies before Congress on Labor Shortage
On Sept. 7, 2017, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, "Examining the Small Business Labor Market." Seilhammer informed the subcommittee of the challenges faced by merit shop electrical contractors to find qualified electricians and how government-mandated ratios limit their ability to employ and train the electricians of the future. Read more.

Preparing for Insulation Resistance Tests
Before actually conducting insulation resistance tests, you need to prepare for them. Here are some steps you don't want to skip. Read more.

How to Make a Good Estimate Even Better
The goal of estimating is to provide a quality estimate with a price that will allow the company to make a profit. Contractors should be in business to make a profit, not to win bids. When an estimator provides a quality successful low bid, the office atmosphere is filled with excitement. Now it's time for management, the project manager, and the foreman to focus on making a profit.  Read more.
Leadership Corner
The PEARL$AFE Leadership Corner is focused on professional and leadership development and ways to increase your business's internal effectiveness.  

5 Secrets to Mastering Conflict
How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect, and connection you have with your colleagues.

Conflict typically boils down to crucial conversations-moments when the stakes are high, emotions run strong and opinions differ. And you cannot master crucial conversations without a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ).

With a mastery of conflict being so critical to your success, it's no wonder that, among the million-plus people that  TalentSmart  has tested, more than 90% of top performers have high EQs.

So how can you use emotional intelligence to master crucial conversations? There are five common mistakes you must avoid, and five alternative strategies you can follow that will take you down the right path.  Read more.
PEARL Board Tours Indiana Member Select Equipment
During the PEARL in-person board meeting earlier this month, the board of directors had the opportunity to stop and visit with PEARL member Select Equipment at their facility in Kokomo, IN. President Doug Bray and Business Development Manager Derek Bray were both onsite to help lead the tour. A big thank you to Select Equipment for opening their doors and allowing the PEARL board to visit with them!

Sign-Up to Receive Buy/Sell Requests!
With the launch of the new  PEARL Member Community, the buy/sell program, PEARL Link, has also migrated to the Community . This allows for more members to receive these buy/sell notifications and to expand on business transactions. Get started today! A FAQ document has been created to help familiarize you with the Community and some of the basic features. A recorded demonstration of the Member's Only area and the Community can also be viewed to provide further step-by-step guidance.

Welcome New PEARL Upgraded Full Dealer Member!

Maddox Industrial Transformer
303 Greer Dr.
Simpsonville, SC 29681

PEARL President Howard Herndon Appointed to NFPA Technical Committee
Earlier this month, PEARL president, Howard Herndon, was appointed as Principal on the NFPA Technical Committee on Electrical Equipment Maintenance (EEM-AAA) representing the organization. His inclusion on this committee helps us further promote the remanufacturing industry and to ensure inclusion of remanufactured equipment in industry standards. Congratulations, Howard!

PEARL Member Impact on Hurricane Relief Efforts
With the devastating impact that this year's hurricane season has had on millions of people, we want to hear about the impact it has had on our company. Have you helped bring people back online? Have you been a part of the efforts to salvage communities? Have you donated money, time, or materials? Send PEARL your stories through the PEARL Member Group in the Community.
PEARL Technician Certification
Level I Technicians
Congratulations to  the following technician who passed Level I of the PEARL Technician Certification Program !

George Flores-Gutierrez SouthWest Electritech Services

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.