New CADDY Corner Newsletter
ERICO, Solon, Ohio, recently published the latest electrical edition of CADDY Corner. This newsletter updates contractors about the 1999 NEC as it relates to fastening products and practices. In addition to the special report on Code compliance, the latest issue contains special sections and features including: bright ideas, clip tips, telecom column, and CADDY classified. For a free copy, fax (800) 853-0874.

Employment of Contractors Up
Electrical contractor employment for April 2000 stood at 653,900. That was up 1.2% from the month before, and up 8.3% from the same month a year ago. The hourly wage, at $19.82 in March, was up 5.2% from a year ago. The data comes from the U.S. Labor Dept.’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SmartContractor Forms Partnership with ec-Content
SmartContractor, Inc., Seattle, a provider of e-marketplaces and Internet-based business solutions for contractors, recently announced it will integrate the content management solution from ec-Content (a leading provider of comprehensive maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) content, management and maintenance offerings for B2B Net marketplaces) into its e-marketplaces available at