Ellen Parson

Managing Editor
Penton Media
Articles by Ellen Parson
EC&M: 100 Years of Editorial Excellence
When we began our journey back through time to rediscover our magazine's rich heritage, we knew we'd find all sorts of events that shaped the electrical
Fleet Management From the Sky
Once a big-guy solution for the long-haul trucking industry, metro fleet management has become a viable investment for small contractors, thanks to advances in GPS technology.
Processing Invoices the Electronic Way
As document imaging begins to catch on in the construction industry, some contractors are replacing manual data entry with scanning to streamline accounting.
1,000-Year Flood Paralyzes Texas Medical Center
After Tropical Storm Allison dumped more than 3 ft of rain on the Houston area last summer, the facility operations staff at Texas Medical Center, along with hundreds of outside contractors, engineers and manufacturers’ reps, successfully completed one of the most extensive flood recovery efforts in recent history.
Buried in Paper?
Finding themselves in a paperwork nightmare, many contractors are turning to document management software to digitize traditional paper-based forms and streamline business practices.
Do You Know Where Your Tools Are?
Today's automated tool tracking software helps electrical contractors improve accountability and reduce losses due to carelessness and theft at the jobsite.
The 1920s (1920-1929)
After World War I ended in 1918, one of the most explosive decades of the century began: the Roaring Twenties. It was a time for change and prosperity
The Rise of Emergency Power Service Organizations
To maximize reliability, many facilities are outsourcing emergency backup power services.
Communications Survival Tips for Today's Contractor
The growing market of technology tools is changing the way high-tech electrical contractors do business.
Web-Based Project Management on the Horizon
Once the domain of architects and engineers, an exciting new era in online project management is now moving into the electrical contracting trade.
IEC 2001 Expo to Focus on Building the Team
Independent electrical contractors and industry professionals from across the country are expected to turn out in record numbers for the IEC's 44th Annual
Cleaning Up Installation Practices
Will new industry standards help eliminate shoddy workmanship? Introduced in 1997, NECA's National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) promise to
The 1910s (1910-1919)
The second decade of the century was marked by extraordinary expansion, industrialization, and communication. It was a time for exceeding expectations
The 1940s (1940-1949)
When World War II began in 1939, devastation from the Great Depression began to recede, and the U.S. economy found new life. After the Japanese attack
The 1970s (1970-1979)
Although the drama of the 1960s was a hard act to follow, the 1970s made its own unique mark on the electrical industry. Plagued by gasoline shortages,
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