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IEC Ignites the Interest of the Brightest Minds

IEC Ignites the Interest of the Brightest Minds

skillsusa2013On March 21st through the 23rd, the IEC Atlanta/Georgia chapters participated in the 2013 Construction CareerExpo and SkillsUSA competition, held at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). IEC views this event as a chance to ignite the interest of the brightest minds to the electrical industry, and encourage the growth of a qualified workforce pool.

Over 6,000 people attended this event from both high schools and technical schools throughout the state. Many students graduating in the next few months can fill the current needs of IEC members because they are young and can be molded to meet IEC contractor members' expectations. The CareerExpo also lays the groundwork for the industry's future needs by creating a pipeline of connections that leads to IEC members and their business staffing needs.

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IEC Partner Member, Pace Lighting Selected as Showroom of the Year Finalist for the Fourth Consecutive Year

IEC Partner Member, Pace Lighting Selected as Showroom of the Year Finalist for the Fourth Consecutive Year
IEC partner member, Pace Lighting of Savannah, Georgia has once again been selected by an esteemed panel of lighting, retail, and merchandising experts as a finalist for the fourth annual 2013 National Showroom of the Year Awards, presented by Residential Lighting magazine & the Dallas Market Center. IEC congratulates Pace Lighting on this achievement.  This is Pace Lighting's fourth consecutive nomination for the Showroom of the Year Award. Pace Lighting is one of only a few showrooms that have been nominated every year for this prestigious award, and Pace Lighting is the only showroom in the country to be a two-time Showroom of the Year award winner over the last three years. Winners for this year’s award will be announced at the Dallas Market Center in a ceremony on June 20, 2013.

There will be one Showroom of the Year recipient in each of three volume categories plus specialty awards for merchandising display, community involvement, and significant accomplishment in the past year. A profile of Pace Lighting will appear in the May 2013 issue of Residential Lighting magazine. Pace Lighting received the national Showroom of the Year Award in the annual revenue under $2 million category in 2012 & 2010 and was a finalist for that same award in 2011. In 2013, Pace Lighting is finalist in the $2 million - $5 million annual revenue category, an increase on all prior years.

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IEC Georgia Launches its Second 1st Year Apprenticeship Course in Columbus

IEC Georgia Launches its Second 1st Year Apprenticeship Course in Columbus
IEC Georgia began its second 1st year apprenticeship program in Columbus earlier this week.  February 18th at 5:30pm, the doors to the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center opened to 19 IEC apprentices.  Students from some of the top Columbus area contractors such as Alexander Electric, Ritch Electric, and Jordan Electric, came prepared to invest in themselves, their companies and become skilled electricians.  

In the weeks following, IEC instructor Brian Gardner will provide his apprentices in the basic principles, tools, blueprints, applied math, wiring methods and, other processes that trained electricians are required to know.  The class will finish mid-September, but this is only the beginning of their informative four year journey with IEC. Not only does IEC’s apprenticeship program strengthen the quality of the electrical industry, but it provides the apprentices with a DOL Journeyman Certification when they complete the 576 hours of classroom training and 8,000 of on-the-job-training.  IEC is a trade association for merit shop electrical contractors and offers a wide array of training programs for apprentices and experienced electricians.  In addition to the electrical apprenticeship training program, IEC provides personnel referral including loan/borrow programs, and provides a broad range of informational resources for electrical contractors in Atlanta and Georgia.  

If you are outside of the Columbus area and would like to enroll employees in IEC’s apprenticeship program, IEC has its online class starting March 5th.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Trade Ally Workshop

Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Trade Ally Workshop
If you provide energy efficiency services or products to commercial, governmental, institutional, or non-profit customers, join Georgia Power at one of their upcoming Trade Ally Workshops. Georgia Power will review program measures and provide an overview of the new and improved on-line application process. By registering for the Trade Ally Workshop, you become eligible to be listed as a Trade Ally on the Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Program website. 

What will you learn at these Workshops?

  • How to use the new Georgia Power on-line application process to quickly estimate potential incentive values and submit applications using the on-line intake tool.
  • An overview of Georgia Power’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program and an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback with program staff.
  • How you can leverage our programs to add valued services to your business and help your customers save money on electric bills.
  • How you can grow your business by enrolling in Georgia Power’s Commercial Trade Ally Program.
  • How you can help your customers take advantage of our incentives. 

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HAGEMEYER Gives IEC Georgia's Apprenticeship Program Generous Donation

Hagemeyer logo HAGEMEYER Gives IEC Georgia's Apprenticeship Program Generous Donation

IEC Georgia received a generous donation from Jon Edwards, Market Manager of Hagemeyer NA Columbus office.  The donation was an array of electrical materials valued at over $400.00.  Mr. Edwards states, “Hagemeyer wants to support the local apprenticeship program”, and IEC is grateful for the support of its partners.  
IEC 1st year apprentices will use the materials to understand the curriculum concepts better, providing them with hands-on lab work.  IEC instructor Jeff Norris, adds that “the apprentices will be learning light switching and controls and the materials provided will reinforce the concepts.” 

IECworks with the entire industry to provide well trained professional electricians into the industry, and it does so with suppliers and contractors.  Contractors and Partner members arewhat makes IEC such a great organization.  IEC thanks Hagemeyer for its donation to the IEC apprenticeship program, and we look forward to shaping the future of the electrical industry together.