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Electrical Industry News 
10 ways to stay ahead of your electrical competition
From investing in new product lines to having a strategic plan to focusing on relationship selling, this article gives you 10 common-sense ways to stay ahead of your competition...
How to size overcurrent protection devices to NEC code
Interrupt currents are highest at the transformer and lowest at the branch circuit. Use these handy illustrations to teach your staff how to counsel customers about sizing the correct OCPD for their installation...Read More

Reshoring boosts U.S. manufacturing
After plunging to 36 million sq ft in 2009, the square footage of starts increased to 53 million sq ft in 2011. The dollar value of manufacturing starts also increased 81% in 2011 due to several large projects, including a $1.5 billion Intel semiconductor plant in Arizona, a $900 million semiconductor facility in Oregon, and a $580 million specialty metals rolling mill in Pennsylvania...Read More

Q4 strong for electrical wholesaling market
Based on the conditions cited in the most recent quarterly Electrical Wholesaling market survey, end-user demand rose a modest 3% sequentially in 4Q12 with growth cited across all markets, with particular strength in industrial MRO and institutional construction...Read More
PEARL Conference
Electrical Safety Expert and Author Jim White to Deliver Keynote Address at 2013 PEARL Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition
Noted electrical safety expert and author Jim White will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 PEARL Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition being held May 18-20 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. White, training manager for Shermco Industries, Inc. in Dallas, TX, is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 20...Read More


Electrical Testing TIPS From PEARL 
Electrical testing TIPS of low-voltage magnetic starters - open
PEARL has created a "how-to" TIPS series for electrical testing of various electrical apparatus and equipment. This installment offers electrical testing tips for PEARL Reconditioning Standard Section 1600, which covers low-voltage magnetic starters - open...Read more
PEARL Member News 
Southland Electrical Supply designated one of safest workplaces in North Carolina
Southland Electrical Supply was recently recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor for achieving the Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Programs (SHARP) designation, making them the first and only business in Burlington, NC, with this status. The SHARP Program is established and awarded by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor...Read More

PEARL seeks subject matter experts (SMEs) for technical certification program test questions review
Perhaps you have read about PEARL's new program under development that will soon make electrical power equipment reconditioning certification available to all qualified technicians.  PEARL, along with dozens of electrical power equipment professionals, have been working to prepare (analyze, plan, write, edit, refine, review, and approve) the exams for this important program.

Now PEARL needs your help for a crucial step on this path: reviewing the practice analysis for the level I certification exam. We are asking dozens of industry subject matter experts (SMEs) to help us in this important step of the development process. PEARL needs the assistance of industry SMEs with diverse backgrounds (large companies, small companies, surplus equipment dealers, independent testing or service firms, manufacturers, etc.) with experience levels in excess of 10 years in these industries.  
The practice analysis has been developed by a committee of industry SMEs supported by PEARL. The practice analysis for electrical power equipment reconditioning technicians is intended for use as an outline for the development of an assessment to be used for the certification of individual practitioners by PEARL. We invite you to add your experience and your voice to this important project. 

For more information, please contact:
Doug Powell    
PEARL Development Committee, Chair
Direct Line: (469) 312-1217
Dave Rosenfield               
PEARL Development Committee
Direct Line: (323) 490-1540
Issue: 48
March 2013 
In This Issue
Electrical Industry News
Safety Expert to Deliver PEARL Keynote
Electrical Testing TIPS
Electrical Experts Needed for Technician Certification Program
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