ENCOMPASS INKS DEAL WITH COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

Encompass Services Corp., Houston, will provide electrical, plumbing, voice/data, mechanical and custodial services for Colliers International, Boston, a global real estate services organization, and its corporate real estate clients. Colliers is one of the largest global real estate firms, managing 465 million sq ft of property internationally. The agreement will enable the two firms to offer one-stop delivery of integrated real estate, brokerage, facility management support and operational services on a national basis.

“Clients with multiple locations across the nation need only to make one phone call to develop a solution to meet all their real estate and facilities operational needs,” said David Bowden, executive managing director of Corporate Services with Colliers.

IEC FOUNDATION DONATES ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT TO CHAPTER TRAINING CENTERS

The introduction of tax credit legislation such as the Skilled Workforce Enhancement Act (SWEA) demonstrates the severity of the shortage of skilled labor in the United States. Donating electrical equipment to training centers across the country is a great way to encourage growth in the industry and ensure continuing education.

The Independent Electrical Contractors is now raising funds and soliciting equipment grants for chapter training centers across the United States.

“Last year, the IEC Foundation distributed well over a half a million dollars in electrical equipment with the help of companies like Square D/Schneider Electric, Eaton's Cutler-Hammer, Ideal and Siemens,” said Foundation President Denny Denier. “With these equipment grants, we're trying to move toward world-class training centers for our chapters.”

VISION INFOSOFT RELEASES ELECTRICAL ESTIMATING SOFTWARE

Vision Infosoft Corp. has released its completely redesigned Electrical Bid Manager 3000 estimating product for electrical contractors.

The software is said to have been rewritten from the ground up and improves upon the original version, released in 1995. It comes preloaded with a big database of material items, all with prices and labor times. It also includes thousands of timesaving material assemblies designed to reduce the time required to produce job estimates.

The software is MS Windows XP compatible. For more information, visit www.visioninfo.com.

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